Seasons greetings, it may be Christmas but we’re working hard here to build our guard house. Today we have begun pouring our foundations.
This is what we’re currently building. A small building at the entrance to our site which will provide security, a site office and importantly enable us to test our bamboo structure and techniques.
Today we’re removing the bamboos from the treatment pool.
The reinforcement for our foundations are being expertly crafted on site, whilst the foundations are dug.
The footings are being dug, 12 x 2ft2, we’re still mixing our metric and imperial measurements.
We’ve built a drying rack for the treated bamboos ready for when they come out of the pool next week. The bamboos are going to be left vertically so the water can run out.
There has been a flurry of activity the last couple of days. We’ve had some deliveries of materials for making the foundations.
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.
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 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.