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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:52 pm 
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Location: plus 700ft in the Santa Cruz Mtns, 8 miles from the Pacific 35 miles S. of San Jose
I have parvi bamboo but have not experimented with it re handy-crafting. I'll have to take a photo of it's wall. Built a couple of trellises out of black and golden bamboo and they did not last long. Several guys building bamboo surf boards. Not sure what species they are using. Curious what data is available re hardiness of species. Rgds


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:16 pm 
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Location: plus 700ft in the Santa Cruz Mtns, 8 miles from the Pacific 35 miles S. of San Jose
Photo of internal parvi culm - solid wall vs madake hollow center. Rgds


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:43 am 
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Location: plus 700ft in the Santa Cruz Mtns, 8 miles from the Pacific 35 miles S. of San Jose
Re splitting bamboo for projects - I have found it easy to manipulate/split madake most likely because of the center hole. Wondering if solid center of parvi makes splitting more difficult to manipulate/control cuts.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:17 pm 
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Location: Middle Tennessee (Murfreesboro) USDA Zone 6b/7a Record low Jan 1966 -14*F Frost free April 21-Oct.21 Location Details
Hi Fred,

I remember when you built those benches. Thanks for the update.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:28 pm 
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Location: Middle Tennessee (Murfreesboro) USDA Zone 6b/7a Record low Jan 1966 -14*F Frost free April 21-Oct.21 Location Details
The round holes in the wall of the madake are vascular bundles, for transporting nutrients. Or are you talking about the black dots, if so I don't know what they are.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:31 pm 
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Location: plus 700ft in the Santa Cruz Mtns, 8 miles from the Pacific 35 miles S. of San Jose
Bench #2 prior to refinish - also abt 5 years old. More complex than bench #1. Also comprised of madake bamboo glued on cement block (via gorilla glue).
In good shape - will require fill in cracks but no replacement of bamboo will be necessary prior to marine varnish.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:34 pm 
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Location: plus 700ft in the Santa Cruz Mtns, 8 miles from the Pacific 35 miles S. of San Jose
As opposed to bench #1, the top can be taken off. The complexity of it required separate assembly.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:36 pm 
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I coated the back of the top with foam to give it extra strength.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:38 pm 
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Location: plus 700ft in the Santa Cruz Mtns, 8 miles from the Pacific 35 miles S. of San Jose
This is a photo of exposed cement blocks.


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