Hints for Bamboo Building

SUBHEAD: What can you learn in a tiki bar? Introductory techniques for using bamboo for construction.

 By Juan Wilson on 14 April 2011 for Island Breath -

Image above: Assembled tiki hut bar from link below.

 It was harder than I thought to find videos explaining joining and assembling bamboo for construction. There are plenty of bamboo kit house sales websites and bamboo furniture sales sites, but few give techniques for doing the work yourself. This article reveals some of what I found on my first morning looking for those techniques.

The first video is provided by a tiki bar seller to help customers assemble their $1,800 dollar rec-room showpiece (http://www.finewebstores.com/Tiki-Hut-Bar--Large-Natural-Bamboo-Tiki-Bar_p_18710.html).

The bar uses lashing and bamboo pins to hold the structure together and is quite instructive about the construction of traditional bamboo furniture and building construction. Planning ahead on joining members is key with non-dimensional building materials.

Video above: Assembling bamboo tiki bar. From (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFqVsrIaE5k).

The following videos demonstrate some basic techniques of lashing bamboo (or sticks) together with twine or other materials. They detail building a tripod (joining three members at a point); lashing a square joint (cross of two members); and shear lashing (joining two members in a line). The final two part video details joining to sticks in a rigid right-angle corner. One thing is clear from all the lashing techniques below. They all rely on staring with a simple knot... the clove-hitch. All should know this knot.
Image above: The Clove-Hitch. From (http://www.windsurfing.sailingcourse.com/knots.htm).

 Lashing Tripod
 Video above: lashing a bamboo tripod. From (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55thqbbYF14).  

Lashing Cross
Video above: Square lashing crossed members. From (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_iGkv36dww).

 Shear Lashing
Video above: Shear lashing two members. From (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za_JtTlxXSU).  

X-Notch Lashing Two Members  
Video above: Part 1 X-notch lashing two members. From (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB9_FsVLTbk).

Video above: Part 2 X-notch lashing two members. From (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdJG67UN594). .

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