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    Source for bamboo

    Where can I buy a few (less than six) bamboo poles? Desired dimensions ~1.5"(4cm) diameter, >6' (2m) long.

    Have been to the local hardware store and Thaiwatsadu but haven't seen anything.

    I'd like to use them for hanging laundry and for tree pruning tool handles. I'm in Bangkok, close to Nontaburi.

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    Pop into your nearest jungle and lop down a few lengths.

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    ^^^ On At Narong road or more technically Kluai Nam Thai

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Pop into your nearest jungle and lop down a few lengths.
    There are a few vacant lots in my neighborhood, most are fenced in. Is that the kind of jungle to which you're referring?

    Should I expect that my neighbors would not take offense that I trespassed on someone's property to cut a bit of the overgrowth? I normally keep to myself, but I guess just about everyone could ID me from quite far-off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Pop into your nearest jungle and lop down a few lengths.
    ... Also, doesn't the bamboo need to be soaked in water for a length of time or treated otherwise to leach out some compounds that would otherwise reduce its stability (ie, keep it from rotting or going off in some other manner)?

    Green bamboo will cure itself just fine after cut and out in the sun?

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    [QUOTE=VocalNeal;3321112]^^^ On At Narong road or more technically Kluai Nam Thai

    Thanks! That looks like just the sort of place I need to go. A bit out of the way for me though. Maybe I'll start asking around my soi if anyone can direct me to a local equivalent, a bamboo store I presume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangibletangent
    Maybe I'll start asking around my soi if anyone can direct me to a local equivalent, a bamboo store I presume.
    A very good idea.

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    Don't worry i sent Gert out to get some for you.


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    When my ma in-law stayed with me in Don Muang she got a long length of wood, not bamboo though, with a brush on the end for clearing away cobwebs. Don't know where she got it from.

    Sometimes I see a neighbour with something similar but has a small basket on the end for picking mangoes from the tree in front of her house.

    Ask around at the shop-house general stores that sell shovels, baskets, floor brushes, pvc pipes etc. If you can't speak Thai then draw a picture or have a photo on your mobile to show the shop keeper.

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    Bamboo might make a decent handle for a broom, but that is about it. And if you cut the bamboo green it is going to shrink a lot. A tool handle should be quality hardwood. Any local hardware carries hardwood poles of all sizes. Pick something close and start shaping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunk View Post
    Bamboo might make a decent handle for a broom, but that is about it. And if you cut the bamboo green it is going to shrink a lot. A tool handle should be quality hardwood. Any local hardware carries hardwood poles of all sizes. Pick something close and start shaping.
    Can make a tasty dinner out of it as well.

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    Anyway, Welcome to the Buffalo Board, tangible...Come back and let us know how you made out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by barrylad66
    Thai visa still down ?
    Shhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
    Whether he's from TVF or not, everybody be quiet and act normal.

    We don't want to frighten him away.
    We need all the members we can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunk View Post
    Bamboo might make a decent handle for a broom, but that is about it. And if you cut the bamboo green it is going to shrink a lot. A tool handle should be quality hardwood. Any local hardware carries hardwood poles of all sizes. Pick something close and start shaping.

    I agree with this, however I want a pole for a cable operated tree pruning sheer. Something well above the minimum length I gave would be ideal. Now I am using 1inch pvc pipe and it flexes too much. Need something stiff, but also long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangibletangent
    Now I am using 1inch pvc pipe and it flexes too much
    Then get a smaller size and force it into the 1". That will strengthen it up.

    Quote Originally Posted by tangibletangent
    Need something stiff, but also long.
    Butters will be along in a minute?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangibletangent View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tunk View Post
    Bamboo might make a decent handle for a broom, but that is about it. And if you cut the bamboo green it is going to shrink a lot. A tool handle should be quality hardwood. Any local hardware carries hardwood poles of all sizes. Pick something close and start shaping.

    I agree with this, however I want a pole for a cable operated tree pruning sheer. Something well above the minimum length I gave would be ideal. Now I am using 1inch pvc pipe and it flexes too much. Need something stiff, but also long.


    Garden depts in HomePro and HomeWorks sell telescopic metal poles made for this. Orange colour, extend from about 1.8 m to 3.6m. One piece telescopes inside the other, twist to lock. About 800 baht, IIRC.

    Alternatively a boat chandler's and get a telescopic boat hook.
    Last edited by JohnG; 04-08-2016 at 12:01 AM.

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    Go to a garden center, thats where we go as use for stacking out plants etc.

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    Look for this small bamboo house makers (Kubo in Phils) on the road side, well there where a few in Korat, may be less in Bangkok... This guys can sale dried bamboo but most prolly not treated.

    To get the best ones, it should be 4 to 6 years old and either soaked few weeks in sea water or treated with Borax and Boric Acid within three days after the cutting.
    About 3 weeks drying shall follow and then you have a lasting material that still shall not get direct contact with ground as it could grow mushrooms (Cement, than bamboo, if poles).

    If it is cut on correct season, it lasts longer.Bamboo is eaten by an insect that we call BokBok in Phils, nourishes on the starch. Dry season cut less starch, less bokbok...
    Once treated bamboo is not on the list of termites dinner; coco lumber remains a favorite food for those.

    This site has loads of info about preserving, attaching, splitting and and and bamboo

    Bamboo Preservation and Treatment Methods ? Guadua Bamboo

    there is as well the first NGO ever created in China, high instance in bamboo World, Bamboo & rattan for inclusive and green development with plenty of info material
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