How to Bend Bamboo
Bamboo is a renewable resource used around the world as a building material. Many people also use it as a medium for craft projects or even fine art. However, bamboo's natural strength makes it impossible to bend without first softening it in water. Once it is softened you can bend it and it will keep its shape after it dries.
Things You'll Need
- Fresh bamboo
- Large tub
- Large piece of plywood
Make a full-size drawing of the shape you want your bamboo to become. Transfer the drawing to a piece of plywood. Hammer nails every inch or so along the outline of the drawing. Hammer a second row of nails parallel to the first row. Separate the two rows of nails by slightly more than the diameter of the bamboo.
Soak bamboo in a large tub of water for several hours, until it feels pliable.
Grasp the bamboo firmly in both hands and gently bend until it is the shape you desire.
Place the bent bamboo on the plywood between the nails to hold its shape until it is dry.
- Make sure the bamboo is waterlogged enough before you start to bend it, or it will break.