I belong to one of the most amazing societies. It is called the New Zealand Bamboo Society.
The members are people who have not got anything better to do than hang around and talk. Which we do when we a working on projects together.
Here are we working on a contraption. [I am on the right]
We are attempting to tie two bamboos together. We get quite good at it after ten tries or so.
This is the contraption we were working on. It is made of bamboo we cut from a grove of "Phyllostachus Henonis" [which technically is a cultivar of P.
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.
Just recently a class from Taikura Steiner School has been doing a craft "Week" for three weeks. I had six students, who made dogwhistles,bamboo pipes and even turned a pipe from wood. They made pencil holders out of larger bamboo, and then began constructing models out of slivers of bamboo.
These fotos are of the results of their work.
Two small dog whistles with pyrografic decorations. We had four burning tips available, so each student could spend a lot of time on the pyrograf.
Usually, a bamboo hedge in New Zealand, is allowed to grow without care for years. My brother lives in Coromandel on a property that has a 300m long hedge of Bambusa Oldhamii that has not been cared for at all for its many years of existence.
People have come and taken bamboo from the hedge. They cut the culms about 50cm from the ground, leaving a stubble that can't be walked through or over.
The hedge fills up with the dead branches that drop off the dying culms. The dying culms start to rot at the bottom and start to fall over but are prevented by the living culms.
My Grandson is nine. His Birthday is in a few days so I am making him a double pipe....... a pipe with a drone attached. Out of Bamboo of course!!!!
Another view shows the fipples.
Now that the pipe is out of the clamps, I have been able to try it out. It works beautifully. You can adjust your mouth to cover one or the other or both to varying degrees of pressure. You can get a whole scale of overtones on the long pipe. EEEEEEERY, but very nice. Like a wind chime.
Last week I returned from a big trip SOUTH. The first part of the trip was to Nelson and Takaka. I camped on a farm where all the other members coming to the weekend were gathered. We had a wonderful evening around the fire.
Next day we went to a farmlet on the side of a hill on very strong limestone soil. There was a cave in the rock for cellaring the wines grown on the small vineyard. There was a grove of Moso. Here a foto.
The culms are still rather small. Most can grow to twice this size.
Recently I returned home to find the most beautiful rainbow over the neighbors house. So I am sharing it with you.
Here are some recent fotos of bamboos growing at a property in Galatea. The growing conditions are ideal for running bamboos, but some clumping bamboos would feel the frosts strongly and can die as a result. The bamboo fotos are numbered.
Send me an email if you know which bamboo it is in any foto.
Black Bamboo is a running bamboo. I have some fotos of this mornings operations to keep the bamboo in line. Note DO NOT grow running bamboo within 30m of a dwelling or building.
In this foto, the general area around the bamboo clump is shown. The clump in the middle has roots going out to the far edge of the picture, more than 10m from the centre of the clump.
The "Nigra" [black bamboo] reaches right up to the neighboring Latiflora.
Three shoots are visible in this closeup.
Some Sunny Day like today the sun is out in a cloudless sky for the first time for a long time. It is a pleasure to get up, get out and get working.
I took the camera with me and I have some fotos to show you.
I have been trying out some burnishing, that is "burning" marks into the flutes [or pipes as I prefer to call them] Here are some shots. What do you think.
Please post with you opinion!!!!
Closer look here.
The burnishing is done with a piece of string. The string is applied when the pipe is turning at high speed in the lathe.