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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:23 pm 
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Hey everyone, here's the tentative schedule for our upcoming festival in Asheville, NC, at the North Carolina Arboretum (http://www.ncarboretum.org)....we may add another vendor or two to the list. Also, the Fairfield Inn & Suites (828-665-4242) and Rodeway Inn (828-670-8800) each have a limited number of rooms available at discounted prices for festival attendees. Ask for the Bamboo Society Discount. Rooms at the Fairfield are $109 and must be reserved by July 1. The Rodeway has rooms for 69.99 and must be reserved by June 29....they also have a 72-hour cancellation policy on group rates. Hope to see some of you there!

ONGOING BOTH DAYS:

Bamboo Crafting Demonstrations by Matthew English – Matthew will demonstrate tools and techniques for working with bamboo include carving, splitting, joining, etc.
Matthew English is a Permaculture designer, ecological educator, and bamboo artisan. Matthew has been working with growing and crafting bamboo since 1998. He has been involved in workshops ranging from bamboo furniture, bamboo construction, identification, propagation, and Japanese bamboo baskets. Matthew and his wife Jennifer live at their sustainable research farm, Solar Springs, located in Lewis County, TN. Through Solar Springs, Matthew provides private workshops, local demonstrations, and crafts a variety of bamboo and wood furniture, trellises, and spoons. Matthew can be reached at .

Bamboo Sculpture by Larry King – Larry’s latest work (on display in the education center lobby) utilizes bamboo as superstructure along with other materials and demonstrates how bamboo can be used in fine arts. Larry will be present (times TBA) during the festival to answer questions about his work.
Larry King is a local artist who is inspired by the beauty of bamboo and makes every effort to explore its use as a medium in his art.


SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2012
9:30 – Bamboo Tea – Harvesting, Drying, Processing by Emanuel Johnson
Emanuel Johnson is the founder of Tennessee Bamboo in Greeneville, TN.

10:30 – Bamboo 101 by David Benfield – David’s talk will cover the basics of growing, maintaining, and using bamboo.
David Benfield is the owner of Brightside Bamboo and works with farmers and landowners to create and maintain bamboo farms throughout North Carolina.

1:00 – Bamboo in a Permaculture Landscape by Matthew English
Matthew English is a Permaculture designer, ecological educator, and bamboo artisan. Matthew has been working with growing and crafting bamboo since 1998. He has been involved in workshops ranging from bamboo furniture, bamboo construction, identification, propagation, and Japanese bamboo baskets. Matthew and his wife Jennifer live at their sustainable research farm, Solar Springs, located in Lewis County, TN. Through Solar Springs, Matthew provides private workshops, local demonstrations, and crafts a variety of bamboo and wood furniture, trellises, and spoons. Matthew can be reached at .

2:00 – Fund-raising Auction – Featuring bamboo plants and crafts donated by our vendors. Auction proceeds go towards festival expenses.

3:30 – Hands-on Workshop: Sumi-style Bamboo Ink Painting by Giana Eden – Giana will demonstrate and teach this technique, which she also uses on her pottery.
Giana Pisacano Eden is a native of Long Beach, New York, now living and working in Jesup, Georgia, as a potter. Her experience in pottery and ceramics spans over three decades. Giana’s unique designs have been displayed extensively in various art galleries and shops from New York to Oregon, and have appeared in national publications such as House Beautiful, Cuisine, Vogue, the New York Times, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Cosmopolitan.


SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2012
10:30 – Farming Bamboo I: How to Get Started and Why by David Benfield - Farming bamboo in the United States is the greatest opportunity in agriculture and timber in the last 100 years. Bamboo is the perfect replacement for our declining tobacco, textile, and furniture industries, presenting many economic, environmental, and health benefits.

1:00 – Farming Bamboo II: Bamboo Grove Management for Multiple Uses by Mike Hotchkiss – Mike will discuss bamboo management considerations in the production of poles and edible shoots, among other potential uses.
Mike Hotchkiss is co-owner of Georgia Bamboo in Perry, GA, and former Vice-President of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Bamboo Society.

2:00 - Q&A Panel Discussion – The panel will include several of our long-time members/growers to address bamboo questions from attendees.



2012 Bamboo Festival Vendors


Bamboo Arts/Crafts
Brightside Bamboo
David Benfield
PO Box 1309
Durham, NC 27702
919-943-1048
http://www.brightsidebamboo.com

Bamboo Plants, Poles, Books, T-shirts
Georgia Bamboo
Robby Russell/Mike Hotchkiss
311 W Main St.
Marshallville, GA 31057
478-808-5811
http://www.gabamboo.com

Bamboo Arts/Crafts & Bamboo Tea
Tennessee Bamboo
Emanuel Johnson & Sherrene Garland
118 Robinson St.
Greeneville, TN 37743
423-408-0570


Bamboo Plants
Thigpen Trail Bamboo Farm
Tracy & Katie Cato
6273 Thigpen Trail
Doerun, GA 31744
706-255-4901
http://www.thigpentrailbamboo.com

Bamboo-themed pottery
Giana Eden Pottery
Giana & John Eden
417 S. Hickory St.
Jesup, GA 31546
912-202-2270
http://www.gianaedenpottery.com

Shakuhachi Flutes
Jon Kypros
13 Old Candler Town Road
Candler NC 28715
828-348-4488
http://www.flutedojo.com

Bamboo Jewelry & Accessories
Yolanda Moore
2820 Stagecoach Rd
Thomson, GA 30824
910-916-5667
http://www.yoyomoore.com

Bamboo Plants
Charlotte Bamboo
John & Michelle Tkach
14 Cleveland Avenue
York, SC 29745
980-428-2458


Bamboo Crafts & Books
Daphne Lewis
717 Charlse Drive
Perry, GA 31069
206-304-7390
http://www.bamboofarmingusa.com

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Thigpen Trail Bamboo Farm
6273 Thigpen Trail
Doerun, GA 31744
706-255-4901
www.thigpentrailbamboo.com


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:15 am 
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Forgot to mention that the festival is open from 9-5 on Saturday, July 14, and 10-4 on Sunday, July 15!

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