To save time, we will start with the Katsura fence sample and remove the rear upright bamboo half-rounds. (For frame and filler details, see Katsura fence) For this style, we are using pre-formed wattle. We will start with this, trim off the excess on the sides and arrange the nodes and branches.
Here the wattle has been trimmed, straightened and one row of branch nodes arranged in a very straight line. The wattle assembly has been placed on the back side of the Katsura fence frame.
Once the nodes are lined up and the branches arranged, the bottom compression strip is installed.
The sides are again trimmed and the trimmings used to fill in.
Here is a detail of the bamboo cover over the compression strip. Notice the bamboo membrane wall has been notched slightly to accommodate the thickness of the compression strip. It is then predrilled, screwed down, and the screws covered by black palm rope. Don’t over-tighten or you will split the culm.
The top wattle is opened with the assistance of two thin boards and additional wattle is added to form the broom effect.