A series of workshops will be offered in Ravenshoe, Far North Queensland, beginning July. Please feel free to indicate your interest: mail to:    j.hartmann@ozemail.com.au

The Venue: 

The Bamboo Academy in Ravenshoe, on the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland,Australia.

We have 5 acres in the heart of this small town with rich red volcanic soil. There are 45+ bamboo species planted in our developing Permaculture system. The bamboos have been selected for their high value usage, ease of maintenance and  local climatic suitability.  

There is plenty of covered workshop space as well as beautiful shady garden spaces.

We supply: Morning tea, bamboo tools, an extensive bamboo library and heaps of fun


Quick workshop overview: Scroll down for details

 Bamboo: The Plant

 Bamboo: The Craft

      Bamboo in Permaculture Systems

  Screens and Fences

   Furniture

   Structures


Bamboo: The Plant  

                                                                                                           

Growing, maintaining, harvesting, curing and preservation.                                                  

Explore the annual cycle of bamboo and learn how to harvest the right species at the right time to have good production of high quality bamboo poles and shoots.

Hands on clump maintenance, harvest and preservation using boron.

Most of our 45 different bamboos are 7 -10  years old and you will learn how to harvest and maintain different varieties.  Many species of bamboo with many different uses.

Where: Bamboo Solutions, 1 Ascham St., Ravenshoe Far North Queensland

When: To be advised

Cost: $60

Bring: Hat, good footwear, gloves, secateurs, notepad, lunch to share.


Bamboo: The Craft 

 Basics of Bamboo Craft 

                                                            

This 2 day workshop covers the basic skills required to make bamboo joints, to split and weave bamboo. Both high and low technology tools and techniques will be used.

Day 1: learn bamboo pole selection and anatomy, bamboo tools and their uses, the basic joints, lashings and how to split bamboo for weaving or slats.

Day 2: participate in a number of projects, practicing the essential skills while creating a range of craft items.

Where: Bamboo Solutions, 1 Ascham St., Ravenshoe, Far North Queensland

When: To be advised

Cost: $200

Bring: Hat, good footwear, gloves, notepad, lunch to share and a smile.




Bamboo in Permaculture Systems  

                                                                    The many uses                                                                                              

Look at the multiple uses of bamboo in planning your gardens or property. Where bamboo fits in the system and its many environmental uses. Explore bamboo and contours, wind, sound, erosion control, greywater treatment, in the vege patch, animal habitat and systems and so on....

Where: Bamboo Solutions, 1 Ascham St., Ravenshoe Far North Queensland

When: To be advised

Cost: $60

Bring: Hat, good footwear, notepad, lunch to share, lots of laughter


                 Screens and Fences                                        


1 day workshop focused on using bamboo to build screens and fences for both indoor and outdoor use. Learn how to utilize the tops and branches of bamboo which are usually considered waste material. We will make several screens of different styles including split, woven and brush.

Where: Bamboo Solutions, 1 Ascham St., Ravenshoe, Far North Queensland

When: To be advised

Cost: $100

Bring: Hat, good footwear, gloves, secateurs, notepad, tape measure and soft pencil, lunch to share.


Furniture     

                   


This 1 day workshop will focus on the techniques of making bamboo furniture. This is an advanced workshop that will build upon the skills acquired in the basics of bamboo craft. It is an opportunity to design and build a piece of furniture. If there is sufficient interest we will  follow this workshop with regular times when you can access the tools and workshop so that you can continue with designs and projects.

Where: Bamboo Solutions, 1 Ascham St., Ravenshoe, Far North Queensland

When: To be advised

Cost: $100 plus materials. We will have a range of excellent quality treated bamboo available.

Bring: Hat, good footwear, gloves, secateurs, notepad, any bamboo tools you have, lunch to share.

Structures    

1 day focused on bamboo structures. This is an advanced workshop that will build upon the skills acquired in the basics of bamboo craft. We will look at the specifics of designing bamboo structures and then create bamboo scale models  so that you gain experience with the different joining techniques.

Where: Bamboo Solutions, 1 Ascham St., Ravenshoe, Far North Queensland

When: To be advised

Cost: $100 

Bring: Hat, good footwear, gloves, secateurs, notepad, lunch to share.

Other workshops

We are happy to create a workshop to your group's specific needs, contact us for more information     

mail to:    j.hartmann@ozemail.com.au


 
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