Testing

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We have our first taste of bamboo joinery by building a test of our bamboo frame. We would like to thank Anjal Goswami from the Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) for coming and exchanging knowledge with us.

Bamboo Treatment

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We heat water so that we can dissolve the Borax and Boric Acid easier. We are using these chemicals to treat the bamboos making them much less susceptible to insect infestation. The bamboos will soak in this solution for a couple of weeks. These chemicals are not too dangerous, just mild irritants however we are taking safety seriously and are wearing gloves, eye goggles and breathing masks.

Preparation

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Preparation of the bamboos has begun. There are three jobs to do on the bamboo before we put them in the treatment pool.

– make holes in them, either through the middle or small ones in the side so that the treatment water can get to the centre of them.
– cut off all the excess branch stumps.
– clean them so that the treatment water stays clean and so it is more effective.