An Annotated Portfolio & Project Documentaries

Twelve. A master bamboo fly rod maker’s bed

This is a queen sized bed I made in the early 1990s, and which sold to a master split bamboo fly rod maker. At the time of the sale his wife told me that he very rarely had a desire to buy anything, especially a piece of furniture. This photo was taken just after the bed was made. All the components are either Lodgepole pine tree trunks or burled Douglas fir. The sides are connected to the headboard and footboard by handmade wood bolts and nuts. In this photo it is covered with a buffalo robe. The most important part of the bed's history (to date) is that the master's father, terminally ill, asked his son if he could die in it. His son said yes, and his father did.

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