Bamboo is actually a grass that grows to a harvestable height of 60 feet in about three to five years, growing as much as two feet per day. It has an extensive root system that continually sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself. It does not require replanting, making it one of the most renewable resources known. The species we use, Moso timber bamboo is not a food source, or a habitat, for the Giant Panda.
Bamboo holds the promise of a sustainable, cost effective and ecologically responsible alternative to the widespread clear cutting of our world‘s precious timberland.
The Color of Bamboo: Our bamboo comes in two colors, light, which is the natural color of the bamboo and dark, which is a honey color. The dark color is achieved by steaming the bamboo, bringing out the natural sugars, caramelizing it. This color is permanent and will not fade or wash out.
The Grain of Bamboo: There are three types: Vertical grain, Flat grain and End grain. Vertical grain, approximately 1/4 wide is taken from the side of the split pole; Flat grain, approx. 5/8 wide is from the face of the pole and End grain is the cross section of the pole.
-100% Renewable resource, the millennium‘s new wood
-Bamboo is harder than most hard woods, it is16% harder than maple, which is the most common wood used for most cutting boards.
-After harvesting, bamboo grows back and can be re-harvested every 4 years. Bamboo does not need re-planting. Most hardwood have a 30 to 60 year growth cycle.
-We do not use artificial dyes or stains. There are 2 colors, light and dark. The light is the natural color of bamboo. The dark is cooked to perfection, literally, a result of the heating process. The natural sugar in the wood is caramelized, producing the beautiful honey color. This is permanent and will not wash off. This allows the boards to be sanded if needed.
About Wood (to be continued)