I have been thinking of what I want to share with you but it has not been easy to decide on the topic or how to go about it.
I am going to talk about bamboo, yes! Bamboo as plant and how it is used in building construction and furniture making.
Bamboo is a group of woody perennial grasses in the true grass family Poaceae. In the tribe Bambuseae also known as Bamboo, there are around 91 genera and over 1000 species. The size of bamboo varies from small annuals to giant timber bamboo.
Bamboo is said to have evolved around 30 to 40 millon years ago after the demise of the dinosaurs. (Instagram handle: Bamboo_hub)
It is a sustainable material because of its strength, flexibility and durability.
The use of bamboo is termed vernacular Architecture or Traditional Architecture.
The use of this natural material dates back to ancient civilisation.
In recent years, the use of this natural material is beginning to take shape as the need for a self sufficient and sustainable structures are in vogue, it is called “Fusion” where they use natural materials in combination with modern man-made materials such as glass, concrete etc. in building construction.
The use of bamboo in construction like any other materials needs special treatments and properly dried before use.
When used, it is advised not to expose the bamboo to extreme weather conditions such as rain and sunlight as it deteriorates.
These images below shows a few ways in which bamboo has been effectively fused with modern materials.