Bamboo support, finished

Continuing with my permanent bamboo support project. Yesterday I got started by thinning out the grove and then sinking a few wooden posts as the backbone of the structure. The next step was to add the front posts and the crossbeams.


That sentence makes it sound so easy, but working with the leaning bamboo constantly straining against me made this a difficult task!


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So I used temporary supports, clamps, even ropes to try and make this a job that one person could finish. Not many intermediate photos, but here's what it looked like when halfway finished:


This is a beefy structure!


You can see the difference between the culms in front (contained) and those in back (still leaning freely):


Even more visible on the back side:


Here's the finished product:



I added some extra cross supports to hold the front and back beams together -- they carry most of the pressure from the culms and were already bowing outward:


Now the culms on opposite sides of the structure will supply the opposing force!



A final look, from a bit farther up the driveway:


To jog your memory, here's the "before" image again:


Such a big difference, and the structure adds extra interest.

I'll be staining the structure soon, and am contemplating adding a few more beams for decorative purposes. I'm going to take a break from this bear of a project though and enjoy the results for a little while.

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outlawgardener  – (April 19, 2017 at 1:07 PM)  

The structure looks very handsome and is a great solution to the problem. The bamboo will find some way around it to vex you but this looks really nice...for now:)

Hoover Boo  – (April 19, 2017 at 6:22 PM)  

You did a great job, but I think the bamboo will win. Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of its life. ;^)

Lisa  – (April 19, 2017 at 7:40 PM)  

It looks great! Your bamboo gives me heart palpitations - I don't think I could handle the constant competition!

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (April 20, 2017 at 11:20 AM)  

What a difference! Everything you do looks so polished. Not like the kludgy things I come up with.

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