Bamboo can be Beautiful, Too

We have another treat today for those of you impressed by the skills of our GoWood Girls and southern star Hannah Barron. But this time we go around the world to marvel of the beauty of what can be done in bamboo...not exactly wood, but most people don't know the difference.

Go Wood reader David sent me a link to a chat about bamboo products, and way down in the comments I found the video above. It was worth the time...sometimes the most interesting things are found in the comments. :-)

The original poster shared several pictures of how bamboo had been used in a makeshift camp in Thailand, including this one of what presumably is a common use of bamboo for plates.

Of course, as an avid Go Wood reader, you know that bamboo is not really wood. You can see that explicitly in the picture above...the bamboo is a hollow, segmented tube. Essentially, and literally, each stem is an oversized piece of grass.

"In bamboo, as in other grasses, the internodal regions of the stem are usually hollow and the vascular bundles in the cross-section are scattered throughout the stem instead of in a cylindrical arrangement. The dicotyledonous woody xylem is also absent. The absence of secondary growth wood causes the stems of monocots, including the palms and large bamboos, to be columnar rather than tapering." -

And in the video, the bamboo is peeled, shredded, and bent in its green state, so it's easy to envision it as a large piece of grass. Think of the young lady as a cast member in "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids."

Except, that she is wonderfully creative and skilled at using her hands to make useful products out of nothing. A translation of the video description reveals her impetus for taking on the project.

"I have been wanting to buy a sofa set but a good eye catching set costs over 10k RMB. Then last week I remembered my grandpa made a sofa set before. So I took his idea and try to make it. This is bamboo season, ideal to use to make a back basket, a chair and a rack and will not get infested with bugs. I made a back basket, a folding fan and a tray before but never made a sofa set. I made a lot of mistakes but with trial and error I finally made a monk bed, an empress chair and a tea table. Very happy, very happy. Coming from a smilely person who just saved a ton of money."


That is one "smilely person" who brought a smile to my face. Hope it brought one to yours, as well.

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