loads of it in my area of GA
shug -- I like the wind chime idea
You can get bamboo stakes at either gardening centers, womens craft stores, and sometimes box store lumber stores. A great choice is a play-it-again stores. They have old cross country ski poles that are bamboo that are durable for around $7 a pair. Gossemergear sells great cork grips.
I like big hammocks - I cannot like.
RR: I keep making comments hoping she will break down and talk about it.
Bad spellers of the world Untie!
I have just been out this afternoon and cut a load from near my workplace. There is about a half acre of the stuff !
Brought a few corms (?) home and planted them outback, saves me the drive someday.
Personally, they make great tomato stakes.
Gunna go back for some of the older/chunky 'boo to play with when it's all dry. See if I cant come up with a few new toys.
I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.
Hobby Lobby if you can't find it wild. I cut off two sections and added it to the end of an aluminum walking stick from walmart. one section to attatch to the pole second section for a nice survival tube. I keep fishing gear and fire starting gear. seal it with a cork or (I bought two walking sticks) the rubber tip on the other one. A little duct tape just around the handle for blisters and what-not and voila! Also use the stick for a two point tie out for my rain fly. Patent pending
I'm also interested in the usability of bamboo a) used as a walking stick and b) as a tree-substitute when there's only one or no tree present . Are there "good" experiences with bamboo? What is the diameter you'd recommend? Is it possible to do some maths?
I think something needs to be placed between the tip of the stick and the ground to distribute the forces to a wider surface s.t. the stick does not sink into the ground. Maybe a small piece of something (whatever) very solid on something less solid but bigger might work? stick -> solid piece of something -> less solid piece of something bigger -> ground
Random musings about bamboo...
Like many of the posters said, it grows like weeds here as well. We have a bunch of it growing across the street...
The roots look like alien stalks and are almost unstoppable...coming up under roads, through the floors of traditional houses (no cement floor/cellar), going under fences, etc.
In Kyoto (and other areas) there is a bamboo variety that grows to almost a foot in diameter...a very beautiful green. there's an incredible variety of bamboo, I think at least 20 species in my area...
It grows at an incredible rate, and hence consumes something like 6 times more CO2 than your average plant (whatever that is ) but gives off that 6X more when it is burned. (I' sure a quick visit to Wiki would amend these vague figures.)
It's sometimes used for katana cutting practice, inside a wara (reed/grass bundle) or alone, to approximate the cutting resistance of the spinal cord . Even as strong as traditionally-made katana blade is, hitting a 2 or 3 inch piece of bamboo with a misaligned swing arc can and will damage/bend a blade (and make the owner cry). I've done it before in my early days, luckily, with cheap blades.
Four or five years ago, I bought some beautiful bamboo flooring to replace the tatami flooring in one of our rooms, but we moved in and filled that room with our stuff before I got to replace the floor, so now I may NEVER get to do it...
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