I have some yellow bamboo growing in the paddock, up to about 8cm thick.
I would like to read up on how to work with bamboo. I have been asked to
make a bamboo water feature by the 'boss.' :) I have googled with limited
success. Any pointers would be appreciated.
I have seen bamboo processed into dimensional lumber, but that takes
equipment far outside the scope of normal woodworking. For most common
uses the culms are dried before use, a process I don't have specific
information on. The dried culms themselves require protection from long
term exposure to water. Polyurethane is what I've seen recommended to
extend the life of outdoor bamboo projects. If you want to use the
culms as water carrying tubes in a water feature, I believe they are
best plumbed with plastic tubing hidden inside. Your mileage may vary
due to your climate.
Once dried, it is similar to wood. However, it's stringy fibrous nature
probably is not well suited to routing or holding intricate profiles.
The little I have worked with had a tendancy to split lengthwise and
for the most part I would just avoid using power tools on it.
Hope that helps,
I'd suppose that they supply to Yuppieville. They also supply foggers
and such. My point is that bamboo has many uses, and the imagination
is the best tool to have in the workshop. If you want information
you'd have to contact them, not ask me.
I am on dial up @ 28kbps. After googling for twenty minutes, I figure I am
just not looking in the right places. So I ask around.
Thanks for the link of some nice pics.
I suppose, I'm really asking for hints on how to work with bamboo. websites
are cool too. In the page you offered the spout of the water feature is
connected to the upright bamboo at an angle; I'd like to know how to do that
and other things too
Thanks and cheers
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