Though rattan poles are not that popular compared to ordinary wood and bamboo, this building/crafting material has lots of potential uses that it can boost of. Oftentimes, it can only be limited by the craftsman’s imagination and creativity. These uses can be inferred primarily on the nature and features of the pole itself.
Rattan poles are very versatile and flexible, unlike bamboos and hard wood that will crack and be destroyed when bent, rattan will perfectly assume any shape and curving it out will be hassle free when heat and steam elements are used.
Rattan poles are solid and strong. When you get a chance to look at a pole’s core, you will see that the material is compact, there are no holes inside (compared to bamboo), enough spacing and air flow is allotted within the core of the plant to maintain flexibility.
Aside from its tough built, this material is also a favorite in furniture making, building, and crafting since it is comparably lighter, it is more resistant to pests and insects that feed on wood or those that try to destroy said material. These poles have a smoother and shinier finish even if you are to compare it with other natural building materials.
Aside from the natural look, rattan poles are best at regulating temperature. This material is widely used like bamboo since it provides cooler temperature or feel most especially in the tropical countries or regions where the plant abounds.
Furniture and house building are the most common uses of rattan poles. They serve best as frames for beds, tables, chairs, rattan sofas, and all other large pieces. These poles are also the material used in making canes, durable large sticks, etc. Some countries like the Philippines use them as a combat material or aid in a traditional sport called “arnis” which is like a cane-fight.