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Gazebo for a Wedding

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.

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