|The walkway to the bird and musang habitat.|
We had a bamboo walkway made that leads to our animal habitat. It was always muddy in the rainy season. Instead of paving it with cement and creating more bogs we built the "floating walkway"so the water can flow under it. It turned out so well and we love it.
We used old bamboo in the grove that the previous owners had cut about 8 feet above the root. It was hardened and dried. Fresh bamboo contains a lot of cellulose which is sugar to the local anay (termites) and bukbuk insects. We then used an outdoor varnish to help protect it.
The area became so nice I decided to have a bamboo couch/bench made so that we would have some place nice to sit outside and listen to the myna birds singing and chatting in the animal habitat.
|Clearing some of the flowers to make room for the bench.|
|I asked our carpenter to use the crooked bamboo for the back of the couch. The built the whole thing using hand saws and basic tools. Although they did use an electric drill.|
|Here is the finished bench. It turned out well don't you think?|
As things evolve here as we need them, I realized that I would be hanging out there using the internet, so Dave, my hubby had electrical outlets set into the bamboo posts, easy to use but not easily seen to mar the look.
Bamboo grows so fast and renews itself so well here in the tropics. We take care of our groves and do not take all of the stalks so that the grove will continue to renew itself. You can literally watch the bamboo grow. One stalk with grow over a foot a day. The bamboo in our grove grows to about 80 feet long!