I’ve flown up to Queensland this week to see Bamboo Australia and their amazing supply of bamboo.
Arrived there today and spent a good 3 hours breaking the ears off the lovely staff and asking possibly too many questions. Here’s my good buddy Nat at the entrance to the farm:
Here’s the cutting shed, where I gathered various sizes of Tonkin and Aurea species bamboo poles and had them cut to 70cm long each (mainly so they’ll fit in my bag, but also because the bottom tube is never really any longer than this).
I came away with about 20kg of poles, both green and dried, as well as 5 pairs of bamboo socks and the bible of bamboo: Bamboo, The Gift of the Gods
Here’s hoping it’ll make it back to Melbourne without splitting from the various temperatures and humidities of flight.