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How to Bend Bamboo

by Jan Mh on April 18, 2015

How to Bend Bamboo

Three Methods:Bending Bamboo Using WaterBending Bamboo Using a KnifeBending Bamboo Using Heat

Bamboo is a widely grown, renewable resource. It is used in crafts, furniture making, and even as a building material. When bamboo is freshly cut and green, it is very pliable, and can be shaped and manipulated for various uses. Learn how simple it is to bend bamboo to meet your needs.

Method 1 of 3: Bending Bamboo Using Water

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    Fill a tub with lukewarm water. Place your bamboo poles in the tub and allow them to soak overnight.
    • As with wood, bamboo requires moisture to bend. The moisture softens the lining and hemicellulose in the bamboo cells and allows them to flex. Without heat and moisture, these molecules crystallize making them virtually immovable.[1]
    • Depending on the size and thickness of the bamboo, soaking time may be longer.
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    Test your bamboo. Pull the bamboo out of the water and slowly bend the bamboo, attempting to coax it into the shape you need. If you hear a crackling sound, the bamboo has not been soaked long enough, and needs to be placed back in the water.
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    Draw your desired shape. Take a large sheet of paper and sketch out the shape you want you bamboo to take. Place this paper on top of your large piece of plywood.
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    Nail the design. Using the sketch as your guide, hammer nails into the plywood, following the sketched shape. Each nail should be approximately an inch apart.
    • Hammer in a second row of nails. This row should run parallel to the shape you just nailed and the distance between the two rows should be slightly larger than the diameter of the bamboo.