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I have access to a Large yellow bamboo and black bamboo patch, but I do not know how to make the bamboo usable for backing or creating a bow period short of cutting into thin, long, narrow strips?

Is there a better way?
 

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What diameter?
 

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I have bamboo in every diameter from 2" wide to they suff you use for little garden stakes which is around 11/32 I believe? Or close to it
 

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Need 5-6" for making flatbows, you might be able to get away with 4" if you are making a narrow bow.

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Steam will work or one of those setups from Rockler wood working for bending wood. Another way I have seen used for bending laminations for landing nets was using boiling water in the bathtub. Then some kind of press as has been said before. If you have a heat box that would speed up the process. Heat will soften up the bamboo as well. But for long lengths that may not work to well. By heat I mean like from a heat gun. It is what I use to flatten the nodes when making bamboo fly rods.
 

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Ok, bummer, I don't have any bamboo that's 4" across,
 

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Is there anyway you could mill what you have, either by hand plane or? To make laminations? I read in Jack Harrision's book where he did that with Tokin Cane bamboo to make lams for a bow. He wanted true Tokin Cane but most is shipped in 2 to 3 in diameter stalks. They cut it onto strips and glued them up or is this a no- no for a all wood bow?
 

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Is there anyone in your area who builds bamboo fly rods? Might be worth talking to.
 

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You can use strips for limb cores, but for the backing you need the power fibers on the outside which means a single piece.

Around here you can get 4-5" poles at home depot in the gardening section, I guess they are for decoration or something. I've backed a few bows with them successfully.

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Is there anyway you could mill what you have, either by hand plane or? To make laminations? I read in Jack Harrision's book where he did that with Tokin Cane bamboo to make lams for a bow. He wanted true Tokin Cane but most is shipped in 2 to 3 in diameter stalks. They cut it onto strips and glued them up or is this a no- no for a all wood bow?
I have little in the way of tools, a good hatchet and a knife, And I have glue. Lol
 

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Is there anyone in your area who builds bamboo fly rods? Might be worth talking to.
I'll ask around, that's an excellent idea
 
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You can use strips for limb cores, but for the backing you need the power fibers on the outside which means a single piece.

Around here you can get 4-5" poles at home depot in the gardening section, I guess they are for decoration or something. I've backed a few bows with them successfully.

-Grant
Hm I've never noticed them, but then again I'm not at home depot or lowes very often, I will look! Thanks
 
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