Tiki Camp - Bamboo Poles

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Tiki Camp - Bamboo Poles

Postby MikeVDS » Sun Oct 15, 2006 12:20 pm

I'm looking for bamboo poles for a project I'm working on. If anyone in So.Cal has some they want to get rid of, or willing to donate let me know. Or if you planted some bamboo that's gone out of control I'd be willing to help cut it back in exchange for some of the poles.

If you're interested in the project, we are doing a Tiki themed camp in Gigsville. We're building a 50' dia dome with 2 or eventually 3 stories. Eventually an elevator made of bamboo that's powered by a tiki god statue. So we'll need a lot more bamboo than what we currently have for decorations, furnature, a bar etc. I think I need more just to finish my little project, which is a shower. It is basically going to be a bamboo structure and platform that holds a sunshower and rests above a tub to capture the water.

If you know of somewhere I might be able to get bamboo free or cheap let me know. I'm also going to need a lot of cargo netting. A large part of the second floor is probably going to be a big cargonet hammock. Any other ideas or polynesian stuff for cheap or free are welcome. :)
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Postby Chippyrat » Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:56 pm

I don't know about So.Cal, but up here in northern Cali flea martkets and swap meets are great for that. I've seen plenty of cool tribal/tiki/african stuff, and all sorts of misc. cool things. Give it a shot if you know of a good one to swing by.
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Postby MikeVDS » Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:17 pm

That's actually a good idea. I'm not much of a shopper so I usually don't think about places like that. I'm usually the in and out type of shopper. Will probably find some decent stuff to go with the theme. I won't hold my breath for bamboo poles there though.
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Postby Chippyrat » Sun Oct 15, 2006 4:40 pm

Another idea could be to grow your own bamboo, it could end up being a little pricey, but bamboo grows incredibly fast, and you could have some ready to use by BM2007 probably. link! http://www.bambooheadquarters.com/
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Postby MikeVDS » Sun Oct 15, 2006 4:43 pm

Also a good idea. I know my brother is planning on planting a lot in his yard. Thanks again. I'll look into that.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:35 am

If you grow it, do it in pots on cement. This stuff is WEEDY and easily gets out of control. In China, they apparently grow it on islands in ponds and still have trouble controlling it, apparently.
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Postby Kinetic IV » Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:45 am

Fishy's advice is definitely worth paying attention to. And on the subject of planting bamboo one of our local papers out here has a section where people write in with horticulture questions for the local University Extension people to answer. Here's a question that came up about bamboo...the answer and the info on the root systems is enlightening:

Q. I have bamboo in my yard and it is spreading to my field. Roundup will not kill it. Any suggestions on how I can get rid of it?

Bob Myer, Mount Vernon

A. Bamboo is a very invasive plant. Personally, I don't know why anyone would want to plant it unless it is restricted.

Start with physically removing as much of the rhizomes and root mass as possible. For large infestations, this will require the use of power equipment.

It is impossible to remove all pieces. Therefore, follow-up treatment with herbicides will generally be required. Casoron combined with summer spot sprays of Roundup is suggested. The Casoron will kill many of the new sprouts and prevent others from re-establishing through early summer.

Roundup is not overly effective for post-emergence application, but it works better than other post-emergence herbicides for this purpose.

Jay Chism, an agronomy specialist in Barton County, says bamboo can be killed by keeping it mowed off until all the food reserves in the rhizomes are used up. This may take several years due to the extensive rhizome system and invasive nature of the plant.

However, I think the combination of herbicides and cultural practices may be your best approach to control.

Keeping it cut back will help deplete the rhizomes' food supply as the new growth begins. Repeated sprays of glyphosate may reduce plant vigor and slow down the spread.

If you need bamboo in your landscape, it can be restricted by using a barrier. One option is to plant the bamboo in a bottomless, large plastic container that has been sunk in the ground up to its brim.


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Postby MikeVDS » Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:46 pm

Thanks. He's done some research into it. Luckily (I guess) he lives in hisperia where the ground is basically concrete. No, really it is. To pound in rebar you need to drill a hole first. So he figures he'll use a jack-hammer to make a hole, fill it with real soil and water it. He's hoping it stays there, which is probably a good bet.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:58 am

I don't know enough to say. Just remember that rock is made into soil by plants growing in it. Don't know if bamboo is strong enough, but he might want to talk to local nurseries or something just to make sure.
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Postby lebarondescarteun » Fri Feb 02, 2007 3:03 pm

If you have no recoarse, there's a place in Whittier California that sell all that's needed!
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Re: Tiki Camp - Bamboo Poles

Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Feb 02, 2007 4:00 pm

MikeVDS wrote:I'm looking for bamboo poles for a project I'm working on. If anyone in So.Cal has some they want to get rid of, or willing to donate let me know. Or if you planted some bamboo that's gone out of control I'd be willing to help cut it back in exchange for some of the poles.

If you're interested in the project, we are doing a Tiki themed camp in Gigsville. We're building a 50' dia dome with 2 or eventually 3 stories. Eventually an elevator made of bamboo that's powered by a tiki god statue. So we'll need a lot more bamboo than what we currently have for decorations, furnature, a bar etc. I think I need more just to finish my little project, which is a shower. It is basically going to be a bamboo structure and platform that holds a sunshower and rests above a tub to capture the water.

If you know of somewhere I might be able to get bamboo free or cheap let me know. I'm also going to need a lot of cargo netting. A large part of the second floor is probably going to be a big cargonet hammock. Any other ideas or polynesian stuff for cheap or free are welcome. :)


If you go to drainage ditches, etauaries and other moist places in S California, you can find a reed/cane that everyone mistakes for bamboo. I think it's Phragmites australis or Arundo donax or something. San Diego's Mission Valley used to be thick with it. Anyway, it's cheap/free and easier to cut that bamboo.
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Postby MikeVDS » Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:26 pm

That's a great idea. I know of a place where I can find some a few miles from here. I still need bamboo but it'll be great to mix some of that in. Thanks.
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Postby diane o'thirst » Fri Feb 02, 2007 7:22 pm

I need bamboo regularly (for walking sticks). I put out on my local Freecycle, asking folks if they'd like their local/resident bamboo morass preyed upon. I got three replies in the next hour and a total of five the first day.

Some people might have already preyed on a bamboo patch and are Freecycling on what they can't use.
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Postby dougatious » Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:18 pm

Hey-


I am working on a bamboo dome this year. I have found a source in N. Cal that is really cheap for bamboo. If the free way doesnt work, you can check out the website. They are in Benicia, Ca for you bay burners that are reading.

www.tikifocus.com

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Postby MikeVDS » Sat Feb 17, 2007 1:52 am

Looks a little pricey to me. $3 for 1" dia. 6' long. Craig's list has been having some freebies and if I advertise on there I bet I'd get more. Need to finish up a few other projects this weekend before I work on some of the fun stuff. I got code enforcement out on me for storing (burningman) junk on my side yard. I had to organize it and put it out of sight. People didn't like a pile of military cots, bamboo and stainless steel dome sitting in view? Naw.....
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Postby diane o'thirst » Sat Feb 17, 2007 2:25 am

50¢ a foot is definitely too much to pay. Not when people have it besieging their properties and it can be had for sweat equity. Take along a Sawzall, they can get as thick as your arm.

Yeah, definitely put out the word on Craig's List or Freecycle. You'll be ditty-bopping around town with armloads of it strapped to the roofrack in no time.
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Postby Fex » Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:54 pm

If you do grow your own, or your brother does, just carefully select what kind you grow. There's "running" bamboos and "clumping" bamboos. The clumping kinds grow in tight clusters and it's easy to trim the patches back and keep them controlled, like bushes. Running bamboo is like fucking kudzu; that's the kind people get the infestation problems with. They see a plant they like and say "ooh, pretty!" and don't research it before they plant... never a bright idea when introducing a species into a new habitat.
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Postby Heavy D » Thu Apr 05, 2007 1:05 pm

I have been researching bamboo suppliers for similar project on much smaller scale, note several commercial suppliers in No. CA on the web at reasonable prices, tho not for the quantities Gigsville will need. May I ask if you found a cheap supply? Thanks
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Postby MikeVDS » Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:12 pm

I got some for free off of craigslist, I have not collected enough but I've been working on other stuff anyway. The current stuff is still in a pile in my yard. I better get working on the shower though. I should have enough to finish that up at least.
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Postby gyre » Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:57 pm

MikeVDS wrote:Looks a little pricey to me. $3 for 1" dia. 6' long. Craig's list has been having some freebies and if I advertise on there I bet I'd get more. Need to finish up a few other projects this weekend before I work on some of the fun stuff. I got code enforcement out on me for storing (burningman) junk on my side yard. I had to organize it and put it out of sight. People didn't like a pile of military cots, bamboo and stainless steel dome sitting in view? Naw.....

There are a lot of things you can do that code enforcement can't prohibit, like the code enforcement paint job.
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Postby Badger » Fri Apr 06, 2007 5:13 pm

How long do the pieces need to be? I'm assuming you want pieces that are >1.5"-2" in diameter??
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Postby MikeVDS » Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:03 pm

Small pieces are fine. Even 1/2" x 3' is good. A lot of it will be decor. If we have a lot of extra poles we'll lash together some towers and stuff, but at this point we're planning on the shower, and then lashing it to our other stuff for decor. Time is running short so we're finishing up our other projects. :)
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Postby Isotopia » Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:32 pm

If you're in the bay area Home Despot probably has what you're looking for back in their gardening section. There's also a few smaller plant and garden stores in San Francisco that might have what you're looking for. I'll keep an eye out.
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