Over a decade ago, I was hunting for a coat-rail to span my bedroom between two supports. It occurred to me to check out my moso bamboo grove, that was just starting to look promising. (Actually it was two small stands that still hadn’t joined up.)
The culm I cut for the coat-rail was a juvenile that had been in the ground for two or three years: the best I had in those days. Without any prep, I cut and installed it, then proceeded to hang clothes from it.
It’s still in place. There’s a bend, since it’s quite a slender piece, but no splitting or wear.
Plenty big coat-rails now…