Cutting Bamboo

Bamboo is easily cut. In the forest, fresh bamboo is usually felled by a few swift wacks with a machete. Dried bamboo is just a little trickier.

( For a video of the process, check here)

Cutting bamboo is similar to cutting wood, but some care should be taken due to bamboo’s unique characteristics: it is hollow and all fibers running the same way. The main thing you’ll want to prevent is cracking and fraying.

To prevent cracking, use a saw (power or hand) with fine teeth.

The easiest way to minimize fraying is to wrap the area you want to cut with packing tape, the cut through the tape, then remove the tape.

After cutting, you can polish the cut with sandpaper.

 

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