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Old 05-20-2012, 02:43 PM
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I've been looking into making some type of walking stick.
Came across some info on Bamboo Walking Sticks set-up
for survival needs (paracord, compass, storage of fishing
bits and firestarter, etc...).

As luck would have it, my brother in-law rang me up and
asked me if I could give him a hand with moving some brush.

I said sure, what are we moving? His reply: "Bamboo".



So, I just picked it up and am definitely going to work with this stuff.
I'm completely open to any suggestions and ideas and am willing to
be the guinea pig for experiments. As you can see, I have a substantial
amount to play with so I'm going to get really creative.

I'm going to start with a walking stick of course, but am also going to
make a self contained fishing pole that'll be just long enough to store
strapped to the ceiling of my Ford Expedition.

So I'm guessing my first task it to separate the bamboo into what I can
use for finished pieces (walking stick, fishing pole, etc...) and see what
I can use for other things (maybe a makeshift backpack frame for my
MOLLE II ruck sack & field pack?). I'll look for the longest pieces with
no cracks and that seem structurally sound.

I have some green bamboo. Can I do anything special with them?
Should I start with a green piece and age or cure it and use that?

Thanks for any suggestions.





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Here quick video I did on making bamboo trekking poles. I am developing a more detailed series on working with bamboo including making friction fire and making a complete mess kit out of bamboo and structures and bamboo flooring.

Ive been working with bamboo for many years now and I love the stuff.




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Here quick video I did on making bamboo trekking poles. I am developing a more detailed series on working with bamboo including making friction fire and making a complete mess kit out of bamboo and structures and bamboo flooring.

Ive been working with bamboo for many years now and I love the stuff.

How to make a Bamboo Trekking Pole, Hiking stick Tutorial - YouTube
Thank you brother. I saw that one (like 4 times! great to watch).

Questions:
I have a bunch of bamboo brush.
I took a Bic to it and it lights up nice and slow.
It's mostly dried up. Will it make good tinder?

[I thought about putting it out in the sun, letting the sun dry it up as much
as it takes, then taking it, compressing it and storing it for fire starting.]
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Thank you brother. I saw that one (like 4 times! great to watch).

Questions:
I have a bunch of bamboo brush.
I took a Bic to it and it lights up nice and slow.
It's mostly dried up. Will it make good tinder?

[I thought about putting it out in the sun, letting the sun dry it up as much
as it takes, then taking it, compressing it and storing it for fire starting.]
I'm not sure if you have ever burned bamboo in a campfire before but it explodes nicely. Sounds like a high caliber rifle. It will surly attract the police rather quickly. You can also get hurt quite badly and there has been reported incidents of people being killed by it. So make sure to rupture the chambers of the bamboo prior to burning. Or at least split/fracture it first. Just as a safety precaution. Bamboo will not always explode but it does happen alot.
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I believe you're supposed to always split bamboo to break the chambers up
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Here quick video I did on making bamboo trekking poles. I am developing a more detailed series on working with bamboo including making friction fire and making a complete mess kit out of bamboo and structures and bamboo flooring.

Ive been working with bamboo for many years now and I love the stuff.

How to make a Bamboo Trekking Pole, Hiking stick Tutorial - YouTube



I am very interested in one of those Walking Sticks, for my height and size. Would you be willing to make and sell one to me?
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Can't believe I didn't update this project, buy here it is...

I managed to squeeze in a few survival bits in there too
(fishing kit w/40' Spiderwire, Compass, Ranger Bands,
Paracord [about 13'], Maglite Solitaire Flashlight).
I got some of the ideas from several sources
including YouTube and John D. McCann.


The only items I need to complete it now are a pair Cane Tips
I plan to pick up at a pharmacy to close off the top & bottom.
If I can make sure that the bottom can be secured, I may transfer
the fishing viles & line to the bottom of the bamboo where a 3"
section is available for storage. If I can, I'll make up a dual sided
bottom cap with a 16D nail through it on one side so I can invert
it and use either a flat surface for walking or the spike side for icy
or muddy patches. As usual, I used this first one to practice with.
I sanded it down, left the top section hollowed out for storage and
stained it with Dutch Oil. For the tips now all I have is a pair of
Ranger Bands turned "into" the holes at the ends.

Enjoy and I'm open to suggestions, improvements and potential uses
for it (walking, fishing, tent pole, defense, spear [w/frog gig], etc...).

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I use a rubber cane or chair leg tip on mine, softens the jarring a little bit.

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Lookin' good, dood!

I miss Dave from VA, I wonder whatever happened to him.
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Excellent project, beats a store bought stick.
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Ooooooo thats kinda awesome.. ive got a bamboo staff sitting around leftover from shaloin kung fu training i was doing a few years ago.. when you know how to use it its a formidable hand to hand defense tool... never thought to use it as a walking stick.. maybe i should mod mine in this fashion..
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