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Bamboo in Ecuador, things we're doing

 
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Bamboo is the best! This house already withstood a big earthquake and only cosmetic blemish.
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That is  awesome steve, Love the house photo.

How long do you dry the culms for?
Do you pierce the diaphragms or leave them whole?

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That's one inspirational piece of construction there, Steve. What's the exterior finish? I'm assuming the materials are wattle and daub with woven bamboo panels, correct?
 
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Great stuff. I also build with bamboo and live in a bamboo house. Please post more pics.
 
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Thanks guys! I love building with bamboo, have done 2 other structires in Colombia using Guadua Agustifolia, this is Dendrocalamus Asper.
We began harvesting monthly for about a year before beginning construction. We dug out a 9 meter pool and dipped them for a a week at a time in mix of borax and boric acid.
We drill through and join with threaded rod.
The experior is cob on top of a layer of opened bamboo sheets (esterilla) and chicken wire stapled to that, then the cob. Mixed in a fiber I found near farm in Ecuador called ABACA, a banana type plant that is used to make fabric, canvas, and is a big export. In Colombia the typical fibre used is an agave plant called FIQUE, used for coffee sacks.
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Simply a work of Art in the construction world.

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Great stuff, I really love bamboo. Well done with your build; that is some roof you have there!
 
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