Working bamboo

Bamboo is a versatile plant that can be used for construction, furniture and home accessories and office, and for sculptures and artistic ornaments. It is easy to grow, grow faster and protects the aquifers cloaks. It is more resistant to many types of wood, is flexible and relatively easy to manipulate. Harnessing the bamboo involves a whole process from harvest to give the desired finish. Here I explain the essential steps for the development of a bamboo product.

Bamboo grows from the center of the bush out. The first bamboo sticks out from the center of the bush and are thinner. As the plant matures, thicker spring sticks forming a ring around the first sticks. So the slimmest sticks are older. Bamboo can be harvested once the plant reaches maturity or when the sticks in the outer ring and are normal for this variety thickness.

Bamboo should be harvested in time of new moon, when the water inside the clubs is at its lowest level. To prevent damage to the plant, cut with a hacksaw in a straight line, just above the knot closest to the ground. The surface of the stick should be completely flat so that water does not puddle.

Never harvest more than 40% of the plant. It is preferable limited to 30% and cut sauteed sticks (do not cut all on the same side of the mat).

Although bamboo can be used without heal, this process makes it more durable and provides protection against moisture and insects. There are various ways to cure bamboo. Some common methods include

To make a piece of furniture or other item of bamboo, you need to cut the rods cured appropriate measures. The bamboo is cut with a hacksaw and a drill is used to make holes. If you try to use a handsaw, bamboo splinter. Overall bamboo should not be kept long before working it, it is best to use it in the first five years after being cut.

To fold the dry or heat treated bamboo is used. The best way to bend the bamboo is to pierce the inside and introduce sand to fill the bar. This is especially important to bend thick or very long rods, it is not as necessary to bend short or thin bars. With a torch, apply heat evenly over the entire surface you want to bend. Apply pressure as a lever to bend. When you already have the desired shape and has cooled, remove the sand.

The color achieved with dry heat bamboo or varnish. Naturally has a cream or yellowish color to give a darker tone applies heat with a torch. With just a few strokes torch, bamboo will change to a light brown or medium tone, with a past more darkens to dark brown. You must avoid put black, because this means you are burning and decreases the strength and integrity of the material. The lacquer is used to give shine.

The vast majority of bamboo work used a combination of three methods to arm themselves.