Today we talk with Jon Francis, a bamboo expert who runs Bamboo classes in Noosa, about his recent trip to Bali.
The Green School in Bali has been producing some amazing buildings in bamboo for several years now & was an exceptional experience to visit some of these structures & stand in awe at the incredible craftsmanship the Hardy family have harnessed utilizing the skills of mainly Balinese & Javanese people.
I have spent the last fifteen years researching the World of Bamboo, an amazing plant having a multitude of uses, including providing a source of building materials, furniture making, textiles & a source of food, especially in Asia, it has to be the most versatile plant on the planet.
I had moved to a property in the Noosa Hinterland where a selection of over 50 species had been planted at least 15 years before I arrived. I was like finding a beautiful oasis, as bamboo produces 30% more oxygen than native vegetation I was on a natural high imagining myself on an Asian plantation right here on the Sunshine Coast.
A visit to the Bamboo Grove can be quite invigorating, so much cooler walking amongst the majestic Giant Grasses, that make their own music as the breeze moves their towering culms.