Originally Posted by ezhiker
I just remembered that there was a discussion on treating Bamboo to prevent cracking on one of the Native flute groups. But don't remember the exact process Sorry.
Out of all the research and experience that I have done the only thing i know of is if bamboo doesn't dry out evenly then it tends to split. I was taught to keep the bamboo out of the weather while it dries out. Been doing it for years and have only had a few split while drying out because they were new growth rather than seasoned for several years.
Now bamboo in general does not like any kind of outward force from inside. You can take your hands and grab a piece of bamboo and literally split it down the center with your hands. Also, Bamboo does not do well when it is stepped on when laying on a hard surface. It will crush in on itself. It has a very high tinsel strength and high flex strength. The trick I have found to bamboo is just to wrap the two ends with rope or tape or even a zip-tie. After that your good to go for just about whatever you want to do. Except stepping on it. Dont do that.