Re: Growing a boat from bamboo?
I can attest to that.
Originally Posted by Cuyahoga Chuck
Bamboo grows as a weed in central Virginia. I don't know which particular variety or species, but when it gets going, it spread like mad and can grow up to about 40 feet high. The largest ones I've seen were nearly 6" diameter at the base.
Anyhow, a couple years ago my wife thought it would be neat to get some to use in making various gardening structures - beanpoles, climbing frames, etc. I found an ad on Criag's list - a guy had about two acres that had taken over his back yard and he wanted it gone, so he was giving it away if you come get it. I took my chainsaw and spent probably two hours cutting them up - I mean, these things were like trees. Like I said, 4, 5, even 6 inches diameter, 40 feet tall. I took home a very full pickup truck load, including some smaller diameter, more flexible stuff.
We piled it up in the back yard and then - predictably - never really got around to doing much with it. It laid back there for about a year, maybe two, by which point, most of the stuff at the bottom of the pile had pretty well disintegrated from being wet and in contact with the ground.
When it's green, it's very hard and surprisingly strong. Once it lies around a bit in the wet, it rots pretty quickly.
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