Bamboo Building 101
with Trey Abernathy
In this 2 part workshop series we will go over the basics of working with bamboo. Discussing the benefits and sustainable nature of bamboo, proper treatment and curing methods, harvesting with the moon cycles, identifying signs of age for proper harvest time, specialized tools, cutting and joining techniques, making bamboo pins and binder sticks, splitting bamboo, lashing, knots and more.
In Part 1 on Sat. there will be a short lecture and slideshow and go over a proper bamboo tool kit. Then we will all walk to a clump of bamboo and I will show the signs of age to determine what pieces to cut. Will then harvest a few pieces and clean them of the branches. Next will showcase bamboo pin and binder stick making and methods of splitting bamboo. Will demonstrate proper cutting techniques and prepare pieces for building a bookshelf in Part 2 on Sunday.
In Part 2 will demonstrate some additional joining techniques as we all work together to assemble a bookshelf. Will also show some proper lashing methods and knots. There will be an optional 15 min. video on bamboo shown at some point during the weekend as well.