Working with Bamboo

I have provided some information and background materials that might be helpful in order to get acceptable results more quickly with traditional materials (such as bamboo and paper).

Bamboo is a great kite making material because of its versatility and low cost. Unfortunately most bamboo sold in garden centers (Tonkin sticks) has a relatively small diameter. The sticks are very difficult to split straight and evenly.

A limited number of bamboo nurseries now sell bamboo logs that have been imported from Asia or South America. Only by using logs with a diameter of over 5-6 cm and a wall thickness of circa 5 mm (see the photos) one will get really good and reliable results.

Other practical information about working with bamboo can also be found in the following publications: