Drying out bamboo

Wild bamboo I took last year; this will need to be dried out over the next 2 – 3 years before it can be used for rod making.  This variety is known in Japanese as yadake, as it was used historically to make arrows.  To this day you can occasionally  see it growing on the grounds of castles and old samurai mansions (now usually tourist sites) and the discerning eye can pick it out from other varieties, by its wide-waisted leaves that point toward the ground.  The roots on the left will be used to make the grip/butt section of tanago or mabuna rods.


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