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Bamboo on the Internet for December – my picks

Only a small collection of special bamboo things this month:

  • The Asahi Shimbun featured a very stylish bamboo bento box. Further investigation revealed a whole range of them. I know where I’m going next time I’m in Kyoto.
bamboo bento box

Bamboo bento box

 

greased bamboo pole, bamboo

  • Couldn’t resist this one: greased bamboo pole climbing. The competition is part of the Naga (India) Hornbill Festival. The Nagaland Post reported that the winner took home the equivalent of about A$270. The poles are nearly 5 metres high.

 

  • Medical texts written on bamboo slips were recently unearthed during construction of a subway in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China. The 920 slips are thought to date from the Western Han dynasty (202 BC- 9 AD). Strips of bamboo were the standard writing material during the Han dynasty.

 

  • More creative bamboo furniture features on Design Boom. This one sells for about A$3,500.

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  • This unmanned bamboo raft just turned up on the shores of India, near the northern tip of Sri Lanka. Authorities suspect it came from Burma.boat_3

 

  • Last month there was a note about the problems of bamboo flowering in Burma. To address a similar problem in India, the Agricultural ministry is set to approve a program to combat bamboo flowering and the expected subsequent rat infestations in Arunachal Pradesh state, in the north-east.

 

  • Korea-based ex-pat bloggers Eat Your Kimchi have a WTF series that featured bamboo salt toothpaste this month. And, yes, you can also buy it on Amazon or your

 

  • If there’s not enough bamboo stuff for you in this post you could look at Design Boom‘s top 10 bamboo designs for 2013. Only a few of them have featured here.

Bamboo on the Internet for October – my picks

Art
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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).

Art installation

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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