Back to the jungle (linear this is not): Super Steve and his wife (a Tica architect), have designed and built a bunch of fascinating, meticulously-crafted bamboo structures in the seaside jungle. Here’s what Steve told me about the bamboo he uses, imported from Columbia:
• It’s cut with machetes in the 1/2-waning moon — when the moon is on the opposite side of the earth, and it is drawing the sugars and starches out of the canes and into the roots. This is a 3-day window once a month.
• It’s cut between midnight and 4 AM.
• It’s left standing in the grove 30-90 days so moisture wicks out slowly; then it’s air dried in the sun.
• If it’s getting exported (like to Costa Rica, it’s immersed in a borate and boric acid solution (natural bug killer).
I have a bunch of photos of these wonderfully-constructed (and designed!) structures.