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By: Dinah Kish
The other day I was helping a customer select a number of Alphonse karr bamboos in the nursery when a pretty gray catbird fluttered by. The surprisingly bold bird was not bothered by my presence and let me shoot several pictures before he (she?) decided to fly off to another, less peopled spot. Sustainable bamboo harvesting can be done between the 3rd and 7th years of a bamboo's life cycle. A bamboo forest can yield twenty five times more building material in a single harvest than the material you'd get from logging a regular hardwood forest. This is also why prices for bamboo are generally much lower than most hardwood. Just one bamboo stand can produce something like 200 poles over five years, which is roughly the same amount of time it would take just a single hardwood tree to grow big enough to be used as a building material.

Tinikling dance, also known as bamboo dance, is popular not just in the Philippines but elsewhere in other parts of the world. I already started the bamboo dance using my Slip On Dancers since I have this problem in my knee. Tried participating on a bamboo dance once and I was quite amused as the bamboo snapped my clumsy footwork. I liked all the dances you showed, but the Tamil one is the most ornate, and the Filipino bamboo dance the most joyful. Om, the bamboo dance is very popular and I thought it is only in the Philippines and Eastern part of Malaysia, didn't know you have it in Thailand too!

Later Swedish steel and Aluminum poles became more fashionable but serious vaulters continued to search for poles with more flexibility. In the late 1950s, the sport saw the first flexible vaulting poles manufactured with fiberglass and/or carbon fiber. This is one of the major advantages of the fiberglass poles over their bamboo and metal predecessor's.

Omachron has developed a series of environmentally safe treatments to preserve bamboo for use in construction. Harvesting bamboo for wood requires care to select mature stems that are several years old, as first-year stems, although full sized, are not fully developed and are not as strong as more mature stems. Bamboo can also be carved for decorative artwork, and can be made into flooring. Bamboo flooring is made by steaming pieces flattening them, gluing them together, and then sanding and finishing them. The only caution about bamboo is that it is easily infested by wood-boring insects unless treated with wood preservatives or kept very dry.

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