Rope plus tube equals a new look

A craftsman in California created unique-looking architectural column reveals by tying rope around the outside of a Fast-Tube column form. Fast-Tube’s subtle fabric texture helped achieve a more natural, artistic look than the distracting mechanical spiral lines that come with cardboard forms. Credit for the innovation goes to Mark West of CAST (Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology, Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Troy Rutherford of Foresthill, Calif., who put West’s idea into action. “I wanted an Old World look to the columns,” said Rutherford in a Fast- Tube news release. “That’s why I used nylon rope to create the rings. I then stained the columns ‘Malaysian buff’ to match the floor.” Fast-Tube is distributed by Fab-Form Industries Ltd. For more information, visit or call (888) 303-3278.

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