Bamboo's Culm Sheath Usage
I am a dried floral artist living in NE Florida and enjoy the culm sheaths of bamboo for use in my floral designs. It took me quite a bit of research to finally find a picture of 'culm sheaths' that were labeled as such and this was on your site.
My question is: As a very big business growing and selling bamboo (culms), do you use the 'sheaths' as a product in any capacity? It has a 'balsa wood' quality and I just would love to know if you consider it a 'waste' product?
Attached is a picture of the way I use this part of the bamboo plant.
Stephane from Guadua Bamboo replied:
Thank you for your post and image. I'm aware of the many handicrafts made from bamboo culm sheaths, but we consider the sheaths as "waste".
Culm sheaths naturally fall from the bamboo culm at a certain point of maturity. With some bamboo species the sheaths fall faster than with other species. Since it is organic material it does serve as a natural fertilizer in the plantation, so the sheaths do have a final use for us after all.
I am interested in finding out how to "preserve" or "cure" bamboo SHEATHS to cut and use for artwork. I cannot find any sources to help me with this. Any ideas? Maybe curing is not necessary for long life after being glued to paper?