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Bamboo is the wonder

The Filipino has always been likened to the bamboo charcoal products, ever resilient, bending to the beatings of the harsh wind but always ready to stand tall again after every beating.

Justice of the Court of Appeals, Chairman of the Commission on Audit – that is how people in Region 8 know and look with awe and respect at Justice Francisco Tantuico, one of the few Eastern Visayans who have reached national stature. To the younger set, they know him to be the man who built a covered court for the tennis enthusiasts, thus saving them from being sunburned and the man behind the tertiary school that provides quality education even to the least privilege students.

Accidentally, however, PIA discovered that despite the busy life he keeps, Justice Tantuico is one of the most avid advocates of Bamboo. Not only does he keep a garden with at least 15 varieties of bamboo, he also lives in a house with interesting faux bamboo furniture and beautified with bamboo-based crafts and decors which are each talking pieces.

Perhaps it was because then Tanauan Mayor now Board Member Roque A. Tiu who set up the first bamboo setum in Eastern Visayas, was with the writer, that former Justice Tantuico showed his most precious bamboo crafts which were made from the various parts of bamboo, from roots to leaves.

One should see the collection of bamboo craft which Justice Tantuico keeps in his office at his newly constructed building – from the simply but elegantly designed bamboo tables, stools, to the intricately sculptured wall decors.

Justice Tantuico revealed about his interest in the bamboo. In fact he is so interested in the bamboo that he has a bamboo garden right at the vicinity of the restaurant and that his bamboo collection counts to about 15 varieties. He even attends international conventions on bamboos.

This might even be more that the collection of DENR in the Region, then Mayor Tiu opined. Tanauan is known for its bamboo craft industry and so to ensure the availability of raw materials, Mayor Tiu thought of setting up the Bamboo setum with the able assistance of the DENR 8.

Bamboo trees abound all over the Region but the people’s knowledge on its uses is very limited, Justice Tantuico said. He mentioned that there are bamboo trees the diameter of which is big enough to be made into a table top. He revealed that there is what is called as the bamboo plywood, plywood made out of bamboo.

The bamboo has many uses: food, medicine, furniture, housing material, decorating with bamboo. It could even be the source of survival in the forest as it is known to have clean water deposits. Since time immemorial, the bamboo is known to prevent soil erosion because its roots spread widely.

In the world meeting atCancun,Mexico, advocates were one in saying that climate summit searching for ways to mitigate climate-changing gas emissions should consider bamboo.

Bamboo grows quickly, needs little water, absorbs carbon dioxide, protects estuaries and can withstand storms.

People scorn the plant and consider it a pest, particularly in areas where coffee, banana, tobacco and cocoa are grown, or where there is extensive cattle production, and yet bamboo, already used in housing, furniture ,bamboo garden structures and other areas, has potential to help in the battle against global warming which is worth looking into.

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Bamboo garden structures brings tranquillity to Dunedin

Dunedin is famed for its fine bamboo garden structures, so when the local Chinese community looked for a gift to present to the city for its 150th anniversary back in 1998, they decided on decorating with garden.

At the time, Shanghai Museum officials were in the city presenting an exhibition at the art gallery as part of the celebrations. As Shanghai is Dunedin’s sister city, they offered to help.

The Chinese Scholars Garden dates back to the 7th century. It was a place of refuge for the advisers at the emperor’s court. These respected men had huge responsibilities and their gardens provided a place of tranquillity where they could relax and reflect on their ancient culture.

The Chinese bamboo garden combines the main elements of wood, water, rock and plants. Rocks are the bones of the earth. Water is regarded as the garden’s life. The Dunedin pond will soon accommodate 1000 fish but no carp as this species is banned in New Zealand.

Thirty craftsmen took four months to build these graceful bamboo garden structures in a Shanghai factory before being shipped to New Zealand.

It took 99 containers to transport every part of the garden from China. This included 970 tonnes of rock and 380,000 handmade tiles.

Sixty-three Chinese craftsmen spent a further six months in Dunedin turning a 3000sq m piece of wasteland into a magical place of serenity and beauty. All the bamboo garden structures were assembled with the ancient technique of mortise and tenon (no nails are used).

Willow, apple blossom, cherry blossom, magnolia and maple are just a few of the 94 plants named on the garden planting list. Crafts with bamboo, symbolising refinement, and pine, symbolising strength and resilience, are particularly important.This is a beautiful place, worthy of the time and great care invested in its creation. I feel at peace and understand why the 7th-century Chinese scholars treasured these magical places of refuge.

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How to capture a bamboo garden

Bamboo garden trends come and go, especially in the Northwest, where we haven’t yet settled on an iconic style and perhaps never will. With an enviable climate, rich soil (yes, clay is rich) and many-membered club of horticulturists and plant explorers, Oregonians have been exposed to influences from around the world. We can — and do — pick from  French formal, English romance, South African diversity and Mexican courtyards.

Decorating with bamboo especially has taken on a major role. Education from experts such as Ian Connor of Connor Bamboo and Ned Jaquith of Bamboo Garden help lighten bamboo’s bad rep. Yes, the running types can get out of control. But with committed yet minimal maintenance, this mysterious plant brings an atmosphere to the garden like no other. From a most-effective screen to an exotic stand-alone specimen, bamboo does it all. If you’re still not ready to take the plunge, Connor suggests dipping your toe into the large family of well-behaved clumping bamboo, which stays where it’s put with no argument.

The most recognizable bamboo is called running bamboo (also referred to as timber bamboo), with towering culms that can get 75 feet tall, though they more commonly are 30 to 40 feet tall and 4 to 7 inches in diameter at maturity. It’s called running bamboo because it sends out rhizomes (underground stems) horizontally and pops up numerous new shoots farther and farther away from the original plant. Without regular maintenance, it will spread rapidly and become unmanageable.

The alternative is called clumping bamboo, a group of plants that have much slimmer culms and are not nearly as tall as running bamboo. They look more like tall ornamental grasses of crafting with bamboo, although with the typical leaves of large bamboo. Clumping bamboo also reproduces by rhizomes. These plants send up shoots close to the base of the clump and spread out very little.

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Creating A Bamboo Oasis

As times become more hectic and money to travel is less available, people are choosing to turn their homes into their own sanctuaries.  Many gardens are being designed not only for beauty but also to provide an oasis for the mind and spirit. In particular,  Chinese Garden designs evoke a strong feeling of tranquility and peace of mind.  Chinese garden is all about harmony & balance, as well as using the right components. you can incorporate bamboo into your garden with bamboo garden structures in a variety of ways to exude an extra sense of peace and serenity.

Bamboo Fencing/Borders – Bamboo Fencing and Borders add privacy and block unsightly views.  The strong bamboo plant shields against excessive wind and remains green and exotic looking in your garden.  An added bonus is the melodic whistling that comes with the wind blowing through your bamboo plants.  If planting your own bamboo border, spread the bamboo plants 3 to 5 feet apart to form a dense screen.  Most bamboo plants will reach full height within 5 or 6 years and require very little upkeep once established.  You can even eat the shoots!  If you prefer to install bamboo fencing instead of growing it, there are a variety of options for you to choose from and still enjoy a natural look.

Faux Bamboo Furniture – Bamboo has a straight fine grain like oak wood but is stronger and can endure better in outdoor weather conditions.  It’s pliable enough to be made into variety of designs and lightweight enough to be made into folding chairs that can be stored and moved at your own convenience.  Make sure to look for products finished with natural oils.

Decorating With Bamboo – If growing a border of melodic bamboo is not an option, consider livening up your landscape with a bamboo wind chime.  Available in a variety of designs and sizes, wind chimes are the easiest way to bring a soothing element to your garden.

Bamboo Garden Structures – For those wanting to take their landscaping to the next level, consider installing a Bamboo Gazebo, Pergola or even a Bamboo Bridge.  These are great ways to enjoy your beautiful garden while giving yourself a place for quiet conversation or reflection

A garden with any Chinese design element will be your oasis from this crazy world, giving you a space to reflect, meditate and spend time with friends and family.  Bamboo is a natural and durable design option for the garden you desire (and deserve).

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Bamboo Products Creates Office Space

Architect Richard Renner and his wife Janet Friskey, a graphic designer, wanted a commute in downtown Portland, Maine that involved just a flight of stairs. “We jumped at the opportunity to purchase an old clothing store with an apartment above,we want a bamboo garden structures of their own.And our home decorating with bamboo,which is full of classical.” says Richard.

That turned out to be the easy part. “Our goals for the first-floor office and residence loft were an efficient building envelope, plenty of daylighting to the interior, and open floor plans for both spaces. And while we were at it, make the loft a LEED for Homes Platinum gut rehab.”

Careful excavation around the perimeter of the first floor slab to install perimeter drains revealed that the exterior walls lacked any footings. It turned out that both the slab and the walls were so uneven that the entire slab ended up in a dumpster. But Renner quickly adds, “While we ended up not being able to reuse the slab, it all ended up in a crusher for recycling.”

And Renner ended up capitalizing on this twist to his plans. “With the old slab out, we changed the floor level to add 11 more inches of height to the 1st floor, installed a gravity foundation drainage system, and installed sub-slab insulation as well as a capillary break between the soil and our floor system.”

The first challenge in creating a high-performance envelope for this building is the brick exterior walls. “You have to lose that great brick look on one side or the other,” says Renner. “We decided to give up some precious floor space and get a new brighter surface on the interior by studding in walls to be filled with foam, spacing the stud walls 1 to 1.5 inches off the brick to eliminate thermal bridging and also allowing space for a drainage mat.”

At the roof line, a combination insulation system was used: 2 inches of closed-cell foam as the air and vapor retarder with the rest of the 12-inch plus framing cavity filled with dense-packed cellulose. With the exterior brick walls air-sealed and insulated on the interior, it was easy to make the roof air and thermal barrier continuous with the wall system.

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China’s bamboo plot

The Chinese developers are advertising the project as low-density with bamboo charcoal products, high-end residential development “surrounded by mountains with mountain and lake views,” to be built “in a European architectural style, with a commercial street built with the characteristics of an Austrian-style town.”

But at the Chinese site, in the city of Huizhou about 100 miles (60 kilometers) north of the border with Hong Kong, there is little to indicate that the copycat version will ever approximate the beauty of the original.

Though the area is hilly, there was not an alpine peak in sight and the waters of a nearby lake — apparently the faux Lake Hallstatt to be — were green and murky. Instead of mirroring majestic alpine mountaintops, several dead fish floated on the surface.

A few low-rise buildings are in the early stages of construction, their frames covered with bamboo scaffolding and green mesh. Cranes and trucks moved around the area Friday dodging workers carrying steel construction elements.They can use bamboo for gardens or decorate with bamboo,it’s beautiful and environmental.

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Bamboo Chracoal Products Available For Your Home

As individuals (and consumers), we can make the choice to have a greener home,such as faux bamboo furniture,crafts with bamboo.  We can choose Energy Star appliances.  We can put in skylights to reduce our energy use in the home.  We can stock our linen closets with organic towels and organic sheets.  We can fill our closet with bamboo charcoal products.   And now, thanks to the Brentano Company, there are even more eco-friendly fabrics available for a wide range of interior applications such as drapery, panel and upholstery fabric. 

Founded in 1990 by Iris Wang and E-Kwan Chen, Brentano is committed to providing beauty + performance.  With their growing collection of eco-fabrics, they are also committed to making textiles meet rigorous standards of environmental consciousness while maintaining their beauty. 

To qualify for the Brentano Green label, two of the following three Green Criteria must be met:

Raw Material – The choice here is between using energy saving recycled materials or to manufacture biodegradable fibers.  If there is a naturally grown fiber available, it must be a rapidly renewable resource and have the ability to grow with minimal chemical use (sound familiar). 

The Process – In preparing the raw material for use, there are a series of steps taken.  From yarn-dying and spinning to the weaving and finishing of fabric, there should be no harmful chemicals involved.  Additionally, the manufacturing facility must comply with environmental protection laws governing energy conservation, water treatment and chemical regulation.

Facility and Social Responsibility – Taking in the human factor, this criterion demands that manufacturers comply with fundamental human rights laws for improved working conditions.  Also, manufacturers must initiate programs to promote green policies which can include recycling programs, using air quality improvement devices and educating employees on green consciousness.

To meet the first criteria, the raw material, bamboo is a natural (no pun intended) choice!  And Brentano is taking advantage of it with the introduction of their new drapery woven from natural bamboo fiber.  Elegant Silhouette is available in two stylish shades and is woven from 100% natural bamboo fiber.  While bamboo fiber has found a niche in the apparel industry, household goods is a less common application which Brentano is working to change.

Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource and can be harvested within 4-5 years of growth with minimal impact on Mother Earth as it can be chopped at the root.  Bamboo can be grown with no artificial irrigation needed yet it is also a water conserving plant that can improve soil quality and stop soil erosion.  Growing bamboo also requires no pesticide or herbicides so even minimal chemical use is not necessary.

Meeting criteria two, the process used for preparing the bamboo fabric includes braising, crushing, decomposing and refining the material which allows the fiber to maintain the inherent properties of bamboo.  This means that the fabric is luxurious with excellent moisture absorbency as well as a high resistance to microorganisms and sunlight.  It also means that the fabric collection is a biodegradable choice.

Brentano’s other eco-fabric choices include eco-wool, organic cotton, recycled materials and even faux leather!  So for anyone who thought that going green would limit their choices in decorating with bamboo, Brentano provides the answer with a wide array of eco-friendly fabrics in brilliant patterns.

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