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Bamboo on the Internet for May 2014 – my picks

bamboo sculptureA bamboo art installation that you can climb on at the Israel Museum. It’s called 5,000 Arms to Hold You. Professional rock climbers were engaged to build it. While it is under construction there is a live webcam.

  • A competition (open to US and Canadian residents only AND since expired) alerted me to the existence of bamboo easels and bamboo easel boxes. There’s quite a range on Amazon and eBay au.

bamboo kiosk cambodia

  • Two items from designboom.com are noteworthy for us this month: a kiosk for a bear rescue centre in Cambodia and bamboo plants inside an office in Shanghai. The kiosk supports the work of the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. The park gets about 250,000 visitors annually. Their work combats the illegal trade in live bears and provides a safe sanctuary for rescued bears.

living bamboo office divider

  • Living bamboo is incorporated into the meandering central island of an open-plan office in Shanghai. The stands of bamboo, in large planters, create soft and unusual desk and room dividers. The central island, somewhat sadly, is made from timber. I’m sure the whole thing would have looked far superior had the architects chosen bamboo instead.

 

  • Bamboo salt update: A recent study has established that 9X Bamboo Salt probably prevents obesity in mice. Although, in the experiment, the researchers first unnaturally induced obesity in the mice. Still, this gives some people hope that the same result is possible for people. The (refereed) journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology published the research. The numerous other health benefits of 9X bamboo salt still stand. See a previous post for more about that.
  • bamboo leaves, zongzi, dumplings, dragon boat festivalA note from The Star online tells us that the dried ingredients for making dumplings for the Duan Wu festival cost more this year. This includes, of course, the dried bamboo leaf that wrap the dumplings. The dumplings, zongzi, are an important part of the annual Duan Wu celebration (dragon boat festival).  Why they are important is a matter of conjecture. The Star says it “originated from a practice to commemorate poet Qu Yuan, who drowned himself to protest against corrupt practices in China about 1,000 years ago. Back then, the local folk threw rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves into the river to prevent his remains from being eaten by fish.”  Here is a recipe if you need to practice for your local zongzi making competitions next year, like this one in Taichung, Taiwan:


Sources:

Park, K. Y., Ju, J. H., Song, J. L., & Moon, S. H. (2014). Anti-obesity effect of bamboo salt on diet-induced obesity in C57BL/6 mice (811.12). The FASEB Journal28(1 Supplement), 811-12.

Bamboo on the Internet for April 2014 – my picks

bamboo vases

  • Made with a bamboo frame, WakkaWater is a proposed solution for water shortages in Ethiopia. These giant ‘bamboo vases’ are easily constructed with local materials and can collect nearly 100 litres (over 25 gallons) of potable water in a day.
  • Election time in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, India provides a welcome boost to income for large numbers of people. Thousands of bamboo poles are needed to string party flags and banners, as well as frames and stands for campaigning. I wonder happens to all the bamboo after the election?

bamboo fishtrap

  • The Patwari family in the Narail district of Bangladesh make bamboo fish traps of a design so old that no-one remembers how it came about. Bamboo is cut into the thin strips to make the traps. The family can make 2 or 3 fish traps a day.
  • In the US? You could help support the red panda’s at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo with “I’m Not a Raccoon” Red Saison ale. The 6% alcohol traditional Belgian farmhouse ale is brewed with the main elements of the red panda diet – bamboo and mulberry leaves. DryBrew is donating a percentage of profits to the zoo’s Red Panda Wish List Fund

bamboo chopsticks

  • Malaysian artist ‘Red’ Hong Si created a portrait of Jackie Chan using 64,000 bamboo chopsticks. Read why on her blog. There is also a short video of her and Mr Chan himself in a chopstick duel.
  • An Irish explorer and his Vietnamese crew member were reunited 21 years after crossing the Pacific Ocean on a bamboo raft. Great looking craft. The book about the voyage, The China Voyage: Across The Pacific By Bamboo Raft was published in 1996 and the Vietnamese translation was released this month. You can learn more about the vessel here.

ibamboo

  • More lovely bamboo accessories for ifolk. No electricity required for this portable speaker. The natural acoustics of the bamboo amplifies the sound. iBamboo portable speakers are available on Amazon, but not if you’re in Australia.

mangrovepathway

  • Sabang (Philippines), is probably most famous for it’s underground river. If you stay around longer than a day tour, you may see the bamboo walkway through the mangroves that leads to a bird watching area and trails to the mountainside forest.

sims3

 

  • And finally, for fans of strategic life simulation video games, the Sims 3 bamboo bedroom set. I marked it as ‘must have.’

Bamboo on the Internet for October – my picks

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Photo credit: WoodTV.com

This stunning sculpture kicks off the October bamboo on the Internet list. It’s made from bamboo and string. More photos at the artists Facebook page.

Personal

Bamboo gets very personal with these products:

Furniture (or art?)

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Photo credit: http://www.designboom.com

This beautiful bamboo chair is named flow. It was created at Scope design studio in Taiwan. I’m glad I don’t have to clean it though. Follow the link to see the more practical set of nesting stools, (not made from bamboo) and more.

Mac accessories

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Photo credit: Grovemade.com

I’m almost tempted to ditch Android for Mac just to make use of the range of bamboo accessories available. Two came to my attention this month: a roll-top iPad cover and a wonderfully minimalist docking station for an iPhone. These would go well with Bamboola’s bamboo iPhone cover (or any bamboo iPhone cover).

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Wang Wen-Chih’s “The Light of Shodoshima”

If you’re lucky enough to get to the Woodford Folk Festival this year, you’ll be able to enter the amphitheatre through a 300 metre woven bamboo tunnel. The tunnel is this years special project. In collaboration with Cave Urban, it will be created by Taiwanese sculptor Wang Wen–Chih and team of volunteers. See more of Wang Wen-Chih’s work here. His installation, The Light of Shodoshima, pictured, is one of the many outdoor installations for this years Setouchi Triennale.

Sustainable outdoor cooking fuel

Bamboo charcoal for your barbecue? A start-up in the US is nearly ready to tap into the more than 80 percent of US households that own a barbecue grill. Hot Bambu is one of many Kickstarter projects. Have a look at the table below to see why you should be using bamboo charcoal.

COMPARE THE COALS

HOT Bambú
Lump Charcoal
Wood Lump
Charcoal
Briquette
Charcoal
Contains 100% natural bamboo charcoal
Sustainable grilling from a rapidly renewable resource
Does not contribute to deforestation
Processed in a respectful and environmentally friendly way
Burns clean with little smoke
Contains trees cut from primary forest, plywood, pine (soft wood), and treated flooring scraps
Contributes to illegal logging and green house gas emissions
Creates mass soil erosion and devastation of natural habitat
x Contains ignite coal and sulfur, sodium nitrate (gun powder), limestone, starch, borax (fertilizer), charred sawdust, and toxic solvents that are confirmed to cause kidney and brain damage
x Gives food the taste of fossil fuel