Bamboo

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Bamboo
Bamboo
Bamboo fence.

Basics

  • Bamboo is a member of the Grasses that is rigid like wood, yet grows like a grass
  • It has a Remarkable Specific Strength and is thus a great building material
  • It is also a good source of Cellulose Biomass for production of cellulose based materials such as Reformed Cellulose

Introduction to OSE Use

What is the largest bamboo for growing in the Kansas City area ? Phyllostachys nuda is up to 34 feet high and 2 inches in diameter, but the website: http://www.lewisbamboo.com/nuda.html says it will grow only 10 feet in zone 5.

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Columbia, Missouri Example

Location: Columbia, Missouri

Source: Yuyi Lin

Attached are the bamboo photos taken early this year. The bush is large enough for us to harvest a few pounds of fresh bamboo shoots this year. It tasted really good. In my home town (Fujian Province, China), the soil is red colored, a little on acidic side, and mostly clay type, bamboo grows very well and become very large. I put oak leaves in Fall on the bush to help the root from cold winter. For last a few years, the leaves did not turn yellow but remain green all year round, which is helpful. I will look into using large bamboo stem as bow material, but cannot do it quickly.

Allows For

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Construction material, scaffolding, furniture, panels (e.g. flooring), in agriculture (e.g. trellises), decoration, fabrics and clothing, rugs, food (e.g. bamboo shoots), biocomposites, durable utensils, etc.

Treatments for Preservation

Chemical Treatment For Stuctural Use

"Here's a mild chemical treatment recipe: Mix 10kg boric+15kg borax for 200lts water (warm enough to dissolve the borax in it). Puncture the bamboo nodes and fill it up with this solution. Let it stand saturated for a week. Let it dry and ta-daa, it's ready to be used!" [1]

Heat Treatment (insert details here)

compare to: Wood Preservation by Carbonization + bamboo composite

Bamboo Biocomposites

See Also

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