I have been collecting bamboo for a new dome at the land, and hand cutting it was SLOW. I decided to try my weed-eater with the blade attachment with the blade pictured to the left and I found it was the easiest way to cut bamboo that I know.
I haven’t found a faster way to cut bamboo, and it allows me to cut the stobs of bamboo very close to the ground so that I don’t step all over them and trip.
Once my bamboo dries out and stops shrinking I am going to cut rings of PVC and make hubs so I can lash the bamboo to the hubs to make a dome that I can temporarily cover and use as a form to pour aircrete made with my new aircrete foam gun so I can cast a small dome at my land.
Others have used the aircrete to cast slabs and use homemade slicers made from 16 gauge steel sheet to cut out blocks that are then used to build domes. I plan to try that also, but for now, I am trying to convince the wife that I need to cut mounds of bamboo so I can get way more than I “need” while it is available.
Then I can do lots of other projects, including making a small Da Vinci bridge with the boy. I know that using the weed-eater instead of a hand saw really helps with getting the wife’s help, as the easiest way to cut bamboo means my help stays around longer…. Too many ticks, too much humidity, and too much effort makes my help go home too soon.