Bamboo is an exciting material for construction. When new it has a most wonderful look. It does tend to age badly outdoors, but indoors it can last a long time.
A Wedding Gazebo, however, is not going to be put up for more than a day. Perfect for bamboo.
Here is a foto of a wedding gazebo I made recently for someone I know well.
The bamboo poles are made from large culms of Henonis, which is the largest bamboo to be found in Hawkes Bay. They have been partially covered [draped] with a fine white cloth. The effect is very nice. The bouquets on the front are extra garnish that work very well.
Leading up to the Gazebo is a walkway over the sand, lined with poles and shells. The poles are also Henonis. Heatiing of the bamboo surface gives the bamboo a fresh look.
The heating of freshly cut bamboo is an important part of the preparation of bamboo. It dries to a harder and more resilient product. I use a hot gas flame from a portable burner.
I turned the tops out of wood that was going to become firewood. I aged the wood with a flame until it started to blacken. I thought it matched the bamboo quite well. I drilled a hole int the top so that floral bouquets, or plant material can be inserted. In this case it is the fronds from toetoe.
A wedding under a bamboo gazebo at the beach in sunny weather. It can't get more perfect than this.
Cheers, Chris, the gazebo maker.