Bamboo is a material with some extreme capabilities and can equal steel for strength.
For this purpose we are discussing Bamboo as  broad term the are over 500 types of Bamboo and we cannot cover them all.

Strength Durability Hardness Weight
4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5) 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5) 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Elasticity Flexibility Fabrication Availability
1 out of 5 stars (1 / 5) 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5) 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5) 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)


  • Incredibly quick growing and easily renewable
  • Good strength to weight ratio
  • Almost as strong as steel
  • Can be broken down into fibres or weave to make other products after temporary use
  • Can be fabricated with hand tools


  • Vulnerable to insect and fungal attack after harvesting
  • Require maintenance to keep functional
  • Does not suit regular joining methods such as bolts or screws due to splitting,


  • Comes as poles of varying dimensions
  • Can be found in lengths up to 30m
  • Can grow up to one meter a day
  • Has many by products


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Bamboo that is mature is tan in colour with some variations in exact hue, it has ridges along it’s length that are called nodes. It feels warm, waxy and smooth and has a surprising lightness. The general impression is very natural but lacks the confidence that dense woods impart by nature of their weight and feel.  


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There are apparently a thousand uses for Bamboo according to this site which starts to delve into the other applications of bamboo which I will be writing about soon. 

bamboo scaffolding In many places bamboo is used for temporary structures due to it’s low cost and high strength, it is popularly used in scaffolding
bambbo floating house Bamboo makes a superb building material and many value it’s aesthetic qualities, an example is this floating office.

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