|"My association with bamboo
began as a young boy playing in my grandmother's bamboo patch
in California. I was fascinated by how straight and regular
the poles grew and how the nodes spaced themselves in predictable
patterns. There was something reassuring about the order of
nature - and also something mysterious.
I then became aware of how light and strong and flexible bamboo
was. These aspects triggered the impulse of youth to build
something with it. As I recall, my attempts resulted in several
fishing poles and a kite that didn't fly very well.
|As the years passed, my
fascination with bamboo remained intact, but I didn't begin
to experiment with bamboo fabrication until after my arrival
in Hawaii in 1982. In my initial explorations of these tropical
islands, my discovery of various bamboo forests left me captivated.
There was always a serenity and beauty to these environments
that transported me into the spiritual place of my own being.
As a mature sculptor and no longer a child, I was again compelled
to build something with bamboo. The difficult task that I
endeavored to accomplish was to incorporate some of the aspects
of serenity, beauty, and spirituality of a bamboo forest into
my artwork. This, coupled with the influences of ten years
of travel and exposure to the arts of different cultures,
has formed the basis of what is now embodied into my bamboo
|Cal Hashimoto, Bamboo
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