- ... I tried steaming bamboo, I used the whole stem, this was no good. Bamboo does not have so much mass, it holds the heat for a mere 8 to 10 seconds. So itMessage 1 of 13 , Jul 6, 2009View Source--- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, bschless@... wrote:
>I tried steaming bamboo, I used the whole stem, this was no good. Bamboo does not have so much mass, it holds the heat for a mere 8 to 10 seconds. So it bends and then splits. That it was Februari and freezing outside in an unheated shed did not help either. A trick I found later was to use insulation for copper waterpipe. This will keep the heat in. Bending bamboo strips this way is no problem. You need a seizing at the ends because it will split. Splitting is structurally not a problem for bamboo, because of its longitudinal fibers. Don't drill holes in it, lash everything.
> Does anyone know if bamboo can be steamed to shape?
Anyway, for my little boat a strip of 3 x 12 mm. proved to be plenty strong. 3 x 12 mm. is something like 2/16 inch x 1/2 inch. Sorry I am not familiar with feet and inches.
- ... I have to go to a sailmaker, finally found one near here. I have the impression that stuff like ballistic nylon is not made in Europe anymore. It isMessage 2 of 13 , Jul 6, 2009View Source--- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, "ruediklein" <ruediklein@...> wrote:
>I have to go to a sailmaker, finally found one near here. I have the impression that stuff like ballistic nylon is not made in Europe anymore. It is replaced by more hightech materials like Dyneema and kevlar and the production of nylon like the production of steel is allocated to India and China.
> --- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, "koefstoon" <koefstoon@> wrote:
> > I have experimented with bamboo, see these pictures for a prototype:
> > http://www.flickr.com/photos/koefstoon/sets/72157616820492758/
> > This is not a strict Platt Monfort type of boat. However it is very strong and very light, this 4 meter boat weighs 5 kilo (+/- 11 pounds) and can easily lose another 2 kilo's. Next one should have stringers perpendicular to the ribs, so the skin will not touch the ribs.
> > I had to make bamboostrips, shave these to something like 3 x 12 mm. and find books to figure out how to lash everything. Robert Morris - Building skin-on-frameboats - and Skip Snaith - Umiak, An Illustrated Guide - proved to be invaluable. Dacron is not available as such in the Netherlands. I made do with reinforced plastic.
> > This is my first boat, I made some serious errors. Obviously I have to make it into a kayak.
> Great, love it! This is one of the nicer examples of a pure bamboo frame.
> If you can't find Dacron, could you find ballistic nylon in the Netherlands? It seems to be a common choice for skin-on-frame kayaks. I'm about to order it from skinboats.org.
> I'd be interested in sources of material in Western Europe as I'm toying with the idea of building a kayak with my nephew in Germany not far from you. He's paddling with my parents in Northern Germany right now. He's getting to an age where he should have/build his first boat (shouldn't everyone? ;-)).
> My first boat was/is a Klepper Aerius I. My latest is a Stitch&Glue Night Heron from Guillemot Kayaks. Took too long to build, which is why I'm beginning to look for other methods.
> We're about to begin a SOF for my wife based on a Tom Yost design. Then, I'm hoping I'll be able to put together another one for me. This one purely for racing open-water events.
If you are in Amsterdam I would be happy to show you my boat and the place where it is built:
http://botenloods.nl/ where someone has a Klepper too.
- ... Yes, I think the ripping is what Brian does. Apparently, he sources his bamboo from: http://nwbamboo.com/materials.html As discussed on QajaqusaMessage 3 of 13 , Jul 6, 2009View Source--- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, Scott Perkins <2scott@...> wrote:
>Yes, I think the ripping is what Brian does. Apparently, he sources his bamboo from: http://nwbamboo.com/materials.html
> I have seen a lot of charts showing the various strengths of different
> of wood but never bamboo listed among them because I suppose bamboo is a
> Why do you think bamboo laminate would be stronger?
> Where would you get bamboo laminate? I can only think of purchasing
> bamboo flooring strips and ripping on a table saw. Is that
> what they are doing? Perhaps the flooring mfgs that are using
> bamboo have some material properties to share.
> ruediklein wrote:
> > Hi,
> > Another quick post: Has anyone experimented with using Bamboo for the ribs?
> > In the skin-on-frame kayak world, there are a few folks, who are using a bamboo laminate for ribs and it would appear to have some nice properties (should be stronger than wood at same dimensions).
> > Regards,
> > Ruedi
As discussed on Qajaqusa (http://www.qajaqusa.org/cgi-bin/GreenlandTechniqueForum_config.pl?page=7;read=167237):
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: it's edge laminated 6mm carbonized bamboo 4x8 paneling sheets, costs 90 bucks
: a sheet, available from nwbamboo.com, I steam it for 15-20 min.
I believe a slight clarification might be needed. It is indeed edge laminated but it is also vertical grained and not flat grained. Both styles are available. It is also single layer and not a multi-layer laminate.
It is good stuff and I have used it on 2 kayaks, just bear in mind the steam time.
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I have not spend any time trying to source it here on the East Coast, but will try now.