I'm all about the environment, to the point of doing errands on foot
and by bicycle. I belong to some environmental groups, served on the
board of directors of a cycling advocacy group, and my brother-in-law
owns an organic CSA farm. I spar with CW on a regular basis, but this
time, I agree with him.
What makes bamboo "yuppie shit" is that it's a composite product, made
of grass that renews in 3-5 years and glue of an unknown formula, that
sells for more than solid woods that take 40-60 years to renew.
If bamboo really were about the environment, it would sell for $1
The environmental aspect is pure marketing, designed to fuel demand
for a hyped, overpriced product. Where are the environmental studies
about the chemical emissions of the Chinese bamboo plank factories
(especially the flooring finishers!), or the "fair-trade" treatment of
the harvesting and factory workers?
The top of my Chinese-made Workmate is bamboo plywood. Over the
years, Workmate tops have been plywood, particle board, whatever was
cheap at the time. This tells me that we're getting ripped off when
bamboo is sold as a "premium" material in North America. <G>
Some bamboo is actually attractive, and I like the finished look. I've
seen some bamboo floors that I liked. However, when the
manufacturers blab on and on about how it quickly grows in 3-5 years,
is easy to grow, etc... How come it costs more than oak and maple?
Not true since the growth form of a bamboo plant makes harvesting mature
stems more akin to coppicing than removing a tree. Since bamboo often
grows as a margin plant on the edge of forest it means it can be
harvested without disturbing the forest. So providing people aren't
cutting down mature forest to grow the stuff as they are with Palm Oil
(almost wholly trans fat btw) then it is environmentally good.
Add my middle initial to email me. It has become attached to a country
While the thread below fills my kill file full of new posters, I'd like
to give you something at least moderately on topic.
I've used bamboo boards for a headboard that was in an asian themed
bedroom. I found it surprisingly easy to work with, somewhere between
oak and birch, but not very finish friendly. The stock I used had a
fairly dark color to it already and I was mostly looking to just seal it
up and keep the natural color, but it came out a little blotchy because
(I suspect) of the way that the grain caught the light. While this
isn't plywood, it was the same stuff as your veneer would be. Hope that
The place where you made your stand never mattered,
only that you were there... and still on your feet
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