Moso is the bamboo of commerce. The clothing, towels, bedding, flooring, benchtops, cutting boards…it’s usually moso, grown and processed in China. It is also used for furniture, fencing and timber, but other species are used as well for these purposes.
Because I’ve wanted lots of it, I’ve seldom cut or sold my moso. The main use for me has been shoots, every spring.
Now the grove is more of a forest, and I have many good poles of the right age for cutting. (Five years from the ground to harvest is a good deal for timber. I could talk about sustainability, but it’s not my kind of language.)
Still don’t want to start mass harvesting for timber, but I’m experimenting with various uses and effects.
Decor is one thing. People like bamboo as a dramatic indoor or patio showpiece, often in a vase.
Here are some pieces of five year culms treated in various ways: freshly cut and briefly cool-roasted, freshly cut and cool-roasted for hours, cured and cool-roasted for hours etc…and beneath is a piece of shade-dried bamboo with no treatments at all. The variations are infinite, but a low roasting temp and gradual cooling would seem to be essential. (Moso is not inclined to breakage, but it can split.)
They say the right degree of firing can make a piece strong enough for a bicycle frame. I’m guessing it would be best to use a fresh cut piece and roast it very slowly, very precisely, with very gradual cooling.
That’s just a guess.
Surprisingly, I know so little about moso beyond my precious acres of it. My undies are made of moso. How on earth do they do that?
Mostly, I just like looking at moso.