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Wow, look at this YUUUGE bamboo!  I'm so tempted to start a giant bamboo cut & delivery service!  This stuff is a palm-breadth wide and maybe 50' tall!

Ideas:
  • Water conduit
  • Natural rain gutters
  • Roof tiling
  • Structural scaffolding
  • Pedestrian bridges
  • Pathway railings, stair banisters and balusters
  • Junk pole fencing
  • Furniture
  • Char
  • Pelletized fuel
  • Candle holders / candle lanterns
  • Raised bed border
  • Sturdy trellising
  • Plant pots (deep and vertical for great taproot formation, or shallow and horizontal for "rain gutter" planters)
  • Animal pen framework and skids
  • Flagpole for jamboree
  • Amateur radio tower
  • Lookout tower, water tower, wind-mill support
  • Leverage
  • Crane, water lifting device, shadoof
  • Wind chimes (smaller end of poles)
  • Long, curved lip chicken feeder (Salatin-style design to reduce daily ration waste)
  • Floating raft
  • Measuring cups or scoops
  • Measuring rod (for polycultures, notch and label as a repeated linear planting guide)
  • Ring toss rings
  • Geodesic dome struts, hubs



  • Permies.com threads:
  • What to do with bamboo in an urban area ? Compost ?


  • Other websites:
  • Interesting Engineering: 15 Things you can do with bamboo
  • Biofuel Machines: Pelletizing bamboo
  • New Straits Times: Beauty of bamboo planters


  • https://permies.com/t/149915/Ways-bamboo-dumbed-skill-level  Lots of good ideas for use in the home and garden.

    Pollinators: This page is wiki-able, so add your ideas and resources to the lists above!
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    I grow several types of bamboo, but the two I use for projects most often are P dulcis and P nigra. The dulcis is the larger in height and diameter, but still no where near as large as the picture above! There are people in the area who claim to be growing "Japanese building bamboo" but I've never met anyone who actually knows its botanical name. Dulcis might grow as large as that pictured if it wasn't on the edge of its growing range - there are many factors that affect plant size. I certainly can't compete with some of the really huge building bamboos I've seen pictures of in places in South America.

    As permies, however, we need to be *really* aware of how things are being produced:

    Bamboo fabric is essentially a chemical-heavy industrial process similar to rayon except starting with a grass which can regenerate faster than a tree, although if people used coppiced trees to make rayon, even that difference might end up being negligible.  

    Bamboo flooring or similar products that use industrial glues or resins may also be minimally different from other manufactured flooring/products.

    In contrast, flooring or wall coverings can be made from split bamboo which is woven the way a basket would be (OK - more complicated, but conceptually similar) and this doesn't require industrial chemicals and can be done with fairly basic, if specialized tools. Bamboo lath covered with natural clay-based daub (wattle and daub building) doesn't require anything nasty.

    I definitely use bamboo for all sorts of trellising in the garden. I've seen pictures of bamboo being bent into hoops, but it was actually a fairly skilled process and as intrigued as I am, I'm not comfortable  tackling it from just seeing videos. Many articles will talk about it "not lasting long", but I find that even in our "wet all winter" climate, it lasts longer than what was implied - certainly 5 years or more. Considering it's a renewable resource on my property, and that it will simply biodegrade into soil when it stops supporting plants, 5 years is fine with me.
     
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    Howdy,

    I once saw a photo(Shelter book, Lloyd Kahn?, Whole Earth Catalog?) that was after an earthquake in Japan. Showed all these buildings demolished, leveled to the ground, and the only building still standing was one surrounded by  a scaffold system built with bamboo. The scaffold was all lashed/tied together and swayed, keeping the building being worked on intact and still standing.

    Fly rods used to be made with bamboo. Bamboo was split into thin slats, reversed, glued and tied back together.

    To my knowledge,I think bamboo is the strongest natural material?

    The Forest Service compound in Glide Oregon is a old homestead and someone planted a small plot that was doing real well. Some 4" dia and 80+ ft. tall.

    I'd love to have some like in those photos.
     
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    George Yacus wrote:Wow, look at this YUUUGE bamboo!  I'm so tempted to start a giant bamboo cut & delivery service!  This stuff is a palm-breadth wide and maybe 50' tall!

    Ideas:

  • Water conduit
  • Natural rain gutters
  • Roof tiling
  • Structural scaffolding
  • Pedestrian bridges
  • Pathway railings, stair banisters and balusters
  • Junk pole fencing
  • Furniture
  • Char
  • Pelletized fuel
  • Candle holders / candle lanterns
  • Raised bed border
  • Sturdy trellising
  • Plant pots (deep and vertical for great taproot formation, or shallow and horizontal for "rain gutter" planters)
  • Animal pen framework and skids
  • Flagpole for jamboree
  • Amateur radio tower
  • Lookout tower, water tower, wind-mill support
  • Leverage
  • Crane, water lifting device, shadoof
  • Wind chimes (smaller end of poles)
  • Long, curved lip chicken feeder (Salatin-style design to reduce daily ration waste)
  • Floating raft
  • Measuring cups or scoops
  • Measuring rod (for polycultures, notch and label as a repeated linear planting guide)
  • Ring toss rings
  • Geodesic dome struts, hubs



  • Permies.com threads:
  • What to do with bamboo in an urban area ? Compost ?


  • Other websites:
  • Interesting Engineering: 15 Things you can do with bamboo
  • Biofuel Machines: Pelletizing bamboo
  • New Straits Times: Beauty of bamboo planters


  • https://permies.com/t/149915/Ways-bamboo-dumbed-skill-level  Lots of good ideas for use in the home and garden.

    Pollinators: This page is wiki-able, so add your ideas and resources to the lists above!



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