Bamboo as a building material
In South America, Africa and, in particular, in South-East- Asia, Bamboo is one of the oldest construction materials.Bamboo can be worked with the simplest tools which must be especially sharp because of the highly silicified outer zone. Tool will wear out easily.
Used methods for working bamboo
Splitting: very easy as long as you work along
the cane axis.It is usually driven apart by a wedge and usually cut or split into eight segments.halved canes, strips and battens are thus derived. To get planks, all the nodes
are smashed and the wall of the pole is split
over its entire length and forced open until the
wall of the pole lies flat. .
Bamboo which grows in a box gets a square shape and is easy to work on.
bamboo that is Freshly cut can be bent and will keep
this shape after drying. If heated to 150 degrees, it will keep the shape.
Treatment of the surface
Bleeching and dyeing may change the shape of the bamboo and may not be able to support the weight.
In some countries, the surface will be peeled off, hydrochlorid acid is
put on the bamboo and then they are put in an oven.
Bamboo material offers a surprisingly large
number of applications and uses. Roofing, Scaffoldings. Footbridges and bridges can all be made from bamboo. For more details, refer this pdf:
as a building material.pdf