I'm currently living on a farm on Maui and am interested in using some of the local material to build a small cabin. Can anyone recommend a good resource that would help teach how to build with bamboo? I'm also interested in learning about thatch roof using lauhala or grasses
Thanks in advance!
Joined: Jul 09, 2011
Location: south central Appalachia, southwest Virginia, US zone 6/7
A few resources for your bamboo adventures. I hope these assist you.
is the website for the American Bamboo Society, which has numerous chapters in MANY places. they are a WEALTH of information and support
Do a search for bamboo architect or such on Youtube. (Simon Velez? is amazing)
The book, BAMBOO, GIFT OF THE GODS, by Oscar Hidalgo is a 550+ page resource for anyone. It may appear "pricey", yet would be cost effective investment.
doing a search for Images of: Bamboo gift of the gods showed this review:
""""amazon reviewer says:
4.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic book on bamboo engineering, July 28, 2007
This review is from: Bamboo: The Gift of the Gods (Hardcover)
This book is a vital reference for those of you who want to know more about building with bamboo. It covers bridges, airplane frames, aqueducts, energy storing flywheels, buildings, how to join and anchor bamboo, and much more.
The descriptions are good overall, sometimes excellent and very detailed, other times a little vague. This is not the be all and end all of bamboo books, but it is extremely good, and full of useful information. """"
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Joined: May 24, 2011
Location: eastern part of West Tennessee
Ask any local owners of thatched roofs who their builders were. If you don't hire the builder, ask about an intern/apprentiship with the builder for hands on learning and tips not found in any book. As a kid I thatched one of our clubhouses with grass and kite string, but nothing much more than a 100 sq ft. Any local grower of building type bamboo will know who works with it, you could get work experence with them.
There are too many new and different mistakes out there waiting to be made to be wasteing your time repeating the same old mistakes.
2.50 Keith Paynes returns to put weathering coat of straw on top of bracken base layer; unprocessed stubble is messy and un-threshed
3.36 comb made from split hazel rod and forged nails; clean thatch and align straws to improve water flow
4.49 thatching takes two weeks for a professional team, six weeks for our team
6.19 ready to fix thatch onto roof using hazel spars or pegs; split and twisted (not bent) into hairpin shape; 3000 to make and Alex can't get the technique
7.44 Alex is still failing to twist hazel spars
8.47 wheat stubble compacted onto roof; 18" thick layer of thatch altogether
9.59 finishing touches to the thatch; rods fixed externally run along every 8"; should be six or seven years before major maintenance; close as possible to a Tudor cow shed
I know the materials won't be the same as those available to you in Maui, but some of the techniques and ideas should be applicable.
Before enlightenment - chop wood, carry water. eat rice.
After enlightenment - gather sticks, catch water, eat cabbage!