I attempted to handcraft an oil-paper umbrella by exploring stretcher-rib mechanism and various weaving techniques. This umbrella is made out of  bass wood, silk threads, paper, tung oil, wheat paste.






For
craft project

Duration

9 weeks












Inspiration

Inspired by the scenery in Pittsburgh’s Schenley park, I hoped to create a poetic filter through layered colors.








Fabrication











Umbrella Construction Order:

  1. Top Notch + Runner
  2. Handle
  3. Ribs
  4. Stretchers
  5. Structure Assembly
  6. Paper Assembly
  7. Finishing





1. Top Notch + Runner (Maple)

Lathe
Milling Machine

Finished with tung oil














2. Handle (Maple)

Lathe
Finished with tung oil




3. Ribs (Basswood)

Table Saw
Drill Press
Hand Sanding












4. Strechers (Bamboo)

Table Saw
Hand Drill
Belt Sander







5. Structure Assembly

Hand Weaving



















6. Paper Assembly

Paper-folding
Wheat Paste Gluing









7. Finishing

Sprayed Tung Oil