The frames and legs of this bamboo bed are made of moso bamboo. The rest is made of makino bamboo. While the bamboo grows, dust and grease would accumulate on the surface. There is also sugar content within the bamboo stick, which makes it susceptible to termites. Therefore, “oil removal” must be done. Oil removal involves adding a base tablet into boiling water. The bamboo stick is boiled in the water for about 10 minutes, and then taken out to dry so that the surface is clean and smooth. This also lowers the sugar content and the chances of termites. The dark brown areas on the outer skin is the mark of fire grilling during the straightening of the bent bamboo.
The processing techniques for bamboo furniture can be divided into piping and encasing. This bamboo bed is made using H-shaped dents to encase the piece together; the bamboo sheets on the surface of the bed, lower areas, and the head of the bed are made by splitting and splaying two ends of bamboo tubes, which is commonly known as “split arrangement”, a skill in the bamboo furniture production process. “Split arrangement” allows bamboo to be arranged neatly, adding beauty. The bed frame is made with thin bamboo tubes forming various patterns – the fan, star, flower, and the word, “longevity”. Thin bamboo strips are also arranged neatly and intricately, making the process time consuming. Ming-jia Cheng from Yunlin county specializes in various bamboo window patterns.