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  • The Bamboo Whisperer!

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  • Mexican Rain Capes: A History

    Mexican palm leaves have been used for centuries by different cultures around the world. At Forever Bamboo, we sell Mexican thatch as coverings for tiki bars, gazebos, and palapas. Five thousand years ago, palm leaves were used as clothing to protect against various weather conditions. The natural fibers in palm leaves act as a waterproof material that is ideal for constructing rain capes.

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  • The History of Bamboo

    Bamboo has been used as a building material for centuries and proved itself to be a great substitute for wood in parts of the world where wood was not readily available. Bamboo has been used in all facets of construction centuries before the birth of Christ, and is actually still used heavily today to build skyscrapers! Let’s explore how bamboo has been used throughout history:

    Bamboo as a Building Material

    Bamboo construction dates back as early as the 960AD, where we can find mention of a bamboo bridge in Qian-Xian, China. There is plenty of evidence, however, that this bridge actually stood since at least the 3rd Century BC - a true display of the durability and reliability of bamboo!

    Today, Bamboo is used around the world in various stages of construction. In Hong Kong, bamboo scaffolding is frequently used to build skyscrapers. It is popular due to its very easy setup and tear-down. In the Philippines, the nipa hut is a popular bamboo housing construction due to its ability to withstand the elements and provide reliable shelter. In Japan, due to the historical prevalence of wood in the region, bamboo is used primarily for fencing, fountains, grates, and gutters, which contributes to the beautifully stunning architecture in the region.

    As you can see, bamboo has been thought of as a great wood alternative throughout history in areas where wood may have been scarce, due to its versatility. Bamboo also has incredible strength and pliability traits that match and exceed the traits of iron!

    What Makes Bamboo a Great Wood Alternative?

    Bamboo can often be underestimated because of the prevalence of wood throughout history, but don’t be fooled - bamboo is a stronger, more pliable, and more renewable building material than wood. Let’s examine the traits of bamboo and how they stack up next to wood:

    Growing Time

    As we all know, trees take a long time to grow into a resource suitable enough to harvest. There would be no point in cutting down a young tree as it would not have near the amount of wood needed in most building applications. Trees can generally only be harvested every 25-50 years, depending on the kind of tree. That would mean a single human generation could only harvest the same tree maybe two to three times during their lifetime - that’s not very efficient!

    On the contrary, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet. It can grow into a hearty stalk that’s suitable for harvesting every 3-6 years! The same generation that can only harvest 2-3 of the same tree during their lifetime can harvest the same stalk of bamboo around 20 times depending on the kind of bamboo - that’s a serious increase in efficiency!


    In addition to being one of the most renewable resources on the planet, bamboo is also very flexible in comparison to wood and many other building materials. A unique trait in bamboo, it can be trained into a desired shape while it’s growing - the same cannot be said for a tree or any other renewable building material for that matter.

    Additionally, bamboo is very easily formed and bent into a variety of shapes by using traditional heating methods if it had not been trained while it was growing. Wood can be trained into a shape using this method as well, but it generally takes much longer and is a more laborious process. Bamboo is naturally flexible, pliable and easy to work with.

    Uses of Bamboo

    As we have discovered, bamboo is one of the most versatile building resources in the world, which is why you can see it in action in many parts of the world. China and Japan both used laminated bamboo flooring for hundreds of years before it was commercialized to the west during the mid-90s. In the U.S. & France, consumers have the option to create a house entirely of bamboo if they should choose. In worldwide construction standards, 3 ISO standard guidelines have been created detailing the best practices for bamboo construction. Bamboo houses have also been proven to be earthquake and cyclone-resistant due to their flexibility and ability to withstand the elements!

    Bamboo has been used in many other applications outside of construction as well. In India, bamboo is commonly used to build a drying rack for clothes. Bamboo has also been used in many parts of the world as ladders, gurneys, and even flagpoles! The most notable bamboo construct can be found in Shanghai - the India Pavilion. It’s the world’s largest bamboo dome at 34 meters in diameter. If all the bamboo used in the making of this incredible feat of sound architectural construction were laid end to end, it would cover a distance of 19 miles!

    Use Bamboo for Your Next Project

    It’s clear that bamboo has been used as a very reliable construction material for centuries. It’s still used today in many parts of the world and continues to provide an incredible alternative to wood. When you want to use bamboo for your DIY home project, Forever Bamboo carries the highest quality materials in our extensive inventory. Get a quote to get started on your next bamboo project today!

    Bamboo Time line The History of Bamboo is Amazingly Rich!
  • Bamboo Paneling Installation Instructions

    Bamboo paneling is both eco-friendly and attractive, perfect for home or business use. You can use bamboo paneling to cover walls, ceilings, cabinets, bar fronts, and more. Bamboo Paneling is relatively easy to install on just about any surface; let’s take a look at how to install bamboo paneling in your home!

    Surface Area

    Be sure to consider the surface where the bamboo installation will occur. You’ll want to make sure that it is smooth to avoid awkward bumps in the paneling. Surface areas that are prone to excessive moisture exposure are also not recommended for bamboo paneling, which is a general rule for any wall covering material. Before you begin installation, it is best to clean the surface to ensure that the paneling will be installed under the best condition and will have the maximum lifespan.

    Size the Panels

    Our bamboo paneling comes in a convenient carpet roll style that can be cut horizontally or vertically. In order to decide how much and where to cut, you’ll obviously want to measure the surface area you want to cover and write the measurements down so you won’t forget. Once you have your measurements, you can begin cutting the panels to size. For horizontal cuts, mark the paneling with a marker and cut carefully with a chop saw. If you plan on cutting paneling vertically, use a box knife with a sharp blade. Cut all the way through the mesh fabric backing between the strips of bamboo. Always use sharpened or new blades to avoid tears and rough edges.

    Install the Panels

    Bamboo paneling can be installed using nails, staples, or glue. If using nails, you will want to pre-drill holes in relation to the size of the nail being used. Due to the natural density of bamboo, paneling is subject to cracking and splitting. Slowly drill holes 1” from top to bottom every 10”. Hold the paneling firmly on the surface area you wish to cover and apply nails slowly.
    If you decide to use staples to apply the paneling, you will need an industrial staple gun with stainless steel staples. Hold the measured and cut bamboo paneling in place and staple every six to eight inches from top to bottom. For additional reinforcement, you can staple the paneling on all edges.

    When using glue for installation, be sure to use contact cement to coat the mesh backing thoroughly. Allow the adhesive to set for 10 to 15 minutes, and then apply to the surface you’ve chosen. Press all areas of the paneling firmly to ensure effective contact with the wall’s surfaces. You can reinforce the paneling with staples or nails, just keep in mind that holes must be pre-drilled for nails prior to gluing the paneling to the wall. Allow 24 hours for drying time and periodically check to make sure the paneling stays in place.

    Finishing the Installation

    To complete paneling, apply a coat of our Total Wood Protectant. The varnish will enhance the look of paneling and protect the color if used outdoors. All that’s left to do after you’ve applied the oil is to sit back and admire the new look of your space!

    Need Help?

    If you need some guidance while installing your bamboo paneling, don't worry! We have customer service representatives on standby ready to help you - just give us a call at 877-912-2244 or contact us online to get the answers you need!


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  • How to Re-Thatch a Mexican Palm Thatch Palapa

    Not sure how to properly re-thatch a palapa structure? In this post, we will explain step by step how to re-thatch a palapa with Mexican palm thatch. Depending on the size of your palapa, a double layer of thatch is required to achieve an authentic island look. Make sure to measure your palapa roof accurately for best results. Below is a breakdown of how much thatch is required to cover each palapa. Continue reading

  • Forever Bamboo Tutorials

    In the next couple of weeks we will be producing short tutorial videos that will be available to view on our website and new YouTube page. These videos will display our thatch, bamboo fencing, paneling, bamboo poles, reed fencing, Bac Bac matting, and Lauhala matting. In each video, we will be educating our viewers about each product and ways in which you can install and enhance your home or business.

    Here’s a list of topics that will be discussed in each tutorial.

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  • How To Make Bamboo Walls

    Looking for a way to add a unique look to a structure that you are planning to build in your yard? Adding bamboo instead of wood offers a unique and fresh way element to your home. There are many ways of making walls using bamboo products that will bring natural beauty to your projects. For a visual look of the methods, refer to the graphic.

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  • Get the Tropical Party Started with Thatch!

    Keep it Cool with a Tropical Party this Summer

    A party is always a great time that will create plenty of fond memories. A tropical party is a great theme for birthdays, retirements, pool-side parties, reunions, and many other special occasions! A great way to show that your party is tropical themed is to use thatch skirts and thatch umbrellas.

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  • How Tropical Decor Accessories will Change Your Summer

    Bring in Summer with Tropical Decor Accessories!

    You've updated your yard or bar for the summer but there's still that nagging feeling something is missing. Everything is in the details and what you're missing might be something simple like accessories! The decorating trend of brightly colored accent walls, fresh plants, and pineapples is making a big impression on homeowners that want to feel like they are on the beach. Tropical decor accessories are the best finishing touches for any summer or tropical events and designs!

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  • How to Decorate a Canopy using Bamboo Poles

    Bamboo Poles are Perfect for Creating DIY Canopies!

    Bamboo poles are versatile building blocks that can be used for many projects. Today we will focus on how to create your own canopy using bamboo poles! Canopies are perfect for everyday backyard use, for throwing dinner parties, or creating a romantic date.

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