Monday, August 17, 2009
How to build a Bamboo Star Dome (now in Engrish!)
Stardome.jp offers plans to build beautiful bamboo domes.
They even offer some minimal instructions in a mix of English, Engrish and Japanese characters with illustrations.
If you can decipher the instructions they assure you that you can build an 18 foot circumference bamboo dome in 3 hours with a crew of 10. That includes the time to split the bamboo. (A six way large bamboo splitter is needed along with a "magical" technique eKimoto takeuraf whatever that may be.)
Other supplies needed include braided rope and short pieces of rope for tying the split bamboo together. You'll also need a drill, work gloves, a saw, tape measure and a wood plane. Of course don't forget the large bamboo poles that you will split into slats.
It takes only 30 minutes to assemble the split and tied bamboo into a dome though experts can do it in just 10 minutes.
Anyhow it looks like a fun project if you can figure it out.