High tech wood A visit to the Maker Faire part three

Bamboo is one of the best renewable plant-base composites I can think of.  I call it renewable because it can grow, be harvested, germinate, and grow again and again. All that we need to provide for it is space, sun and water. 

Bamboo is a composite as are all plants and trees. Wood is a natural composite. It is made of fibers and resin (or glue) that keep the fibers together and allows them to carry load. The difference between bamboo and other woods is that bamboo's growth rate is phenomenal. Some species of Bamboo can grow up to 12" in a day. This is why using Bamboo in the furniture industry is becoming more and more popular. We see Bamboo configured into plywood like sheets, panels and beams that we can buy as if it was regular lumber.

I can keep writing about this amazing plant but instead let me show you how a group of young designers marry bamboo with modern composites such as carbon fibers and fibergalss to create a nice looking bicycle. 

Bamboo tubes are used as a substitute for the conventional materials (aluminum, steel or composite) tubing in bicycles. The bamboo is connected to the the mechanisms with modern composites (fiber + resin) collar. 

 

 

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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.