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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:41 pm 
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Any ideas where I could obtain some bamboo or river cane about an inch in OD, and like 3/4 to 7/8 ID? Needs to be 18 inches long or so, depending on the ID.

Also interested in suggestions of other materials. Don't really want to go PVC on this one, but I don't have the means of boring it out. I guess I could do the split and router thing on some wood.

All ideas given the consideration they deserve. :party:


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:41 pm 

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You may wish to contact one of the flute makers who frequently work in bamboo. One of them might be willing to sell some lengths of bamboo, possibly with the internal nodes removed. Two that come to mind are Ed (Greybeard) at Tree of Life Designs, or George at MedicineWind. They might even have some very long node stock that would not require boring.

Another option is to try one in clay.

Have fun with your projects.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:05 pm 

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Years ago I used to pick up bamboo at Pier One Imports or World Market stores. They used to sell it in 5 or six foot lengths in the diameters you mention. I use it for curtain rods. But since the accidental import of the Emerald Ash Borer from Asia to the midwestern US those imports may have slowed down.

If you are in or near a major city with an Asian population there also may be small shops that would import bamboo for decorative purposes.

I'm sure some research would lead you to a way to devise a hand tool to ream it out. They have been doing it for centuries in many cultures. Though the "by hand" thing sounds pretty labor intensive. Reaming out a piece of bamboo is a heck of a lot easier than boring a length of blackwood, but it is still going to be labor intensive. :D

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