Apr 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm #1288525
Ok so Ive been making Bamboo Trekking Poles for awhile now and had a few friends wanting to know how I give my bamboo interesting designs in the color of the wood. So here is a video over-view of how I make a typical bamboo trekking pole from start to finish. I made this video for another website so please forgive the site logo at the beginning of the video.
I will be making a more detailed video on how to temper designs into the bamboo with extra features added to the trekking poles for multiple uses other than a Trekking Pole in the near future. Hope this gives you some ideas to make your own. These things are extremely light once they dry out and VERY strong. Id trust bamboo over those metal ones any day.
Enjoy.Apr 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm #1865582
Ken T.BPL Member
Good job!Apr 10, 2012 at 5:01 am #1865638
Nice!Apr 10, 2012 at 6:29 am #1865660
Nice video. Thank you.Apr 11, 2012 at 11:02 am #1866154
Thanks. Anybody else got some ideas to share? Im thinking about making a bamboo trekking pole that shoots a arrow bolt out of the bottom when the rubber tip is removed. Putting a trigger near the handle. Maybe use bungee cord as the ejector device. Not sure if I can get enough speed out of it to do any damage though. Im sure it will need at least 50lbs of force to kill something.Apr 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm #1866206
Pogo stick!Apr 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm #1866212
Mike OxfordBPL Member
@moxfordLocale: Silicon Valley, CA
Concealed weaponry, especially of this type, would probably be frowned upon my most LEOs and rangers. Looks up your local laws on cane-swords, tube projectiles and the like.
If you're wanting to hunt, you'll do better by just trapping rather than trying to make a bungee/spring launcher with a blade.
Springloaded things tend to fire off an inopportune times, as well, unless they're heavily reinforced (which isn't light, either.)
If it were me (and I was not in CA where it's illegal) I'd use it as a blowgun with a paralytic rather than going for a kinetic kill.
Or put a base/hook on it for an atlatl.
And, in case you care, with an arrow/crossbow-bolt you don't need a lot of KE to make a kill on small game.
Or bore small holes for music or a pipe if you're into that kind of thing. :P
-moxApr 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm #1866218
John NausiedaBPL Member
What bamboo are you using? I'm in Oregon and I grow black bamboo. Do you worry about water collecting in the top culm or do you seal it up? A ballhead on top of 3 poles would make a portable tripod . Have you ever broken a pole?Apr 12, 2012 at 6:15 am #1866461
@tylerdLocale: SE US
Curious what one of these weights? Obviously there is a big fluctuation based on how thick you use but ballpark?Apr 16, 2012 at 7:26 am #1867701
I have three pieces of black bamboo. 1/2" OD, 61" long, 5.10 ounces. 3/4" OD, 60.5" long, 7.70 ounces. 1 1/4" OD, 61" long, 14.55 ounces.
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