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Bambooroo | NOVEMBER 2013
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Bambooroo are offering an instructional ‘hands-on’ workshop to provide a forum for participants to learn practical techniques and apply them in bamboo construction, design and architecture.

  • The Space-frame Joint- Modern bamboo joinery developed.
  • Bamboo Structural Design concepts.
  • Bamboo Anatomy & Species familiarisation.
  • Bamboo treatment.

NOVEMBER 12th – 14th 2013


CHIANG MAI. THAILAND – Bambooroo Treatment Facilty.
372 Moo 3, Kilek Mae-rim, Chiang Mai Thailand. 50180.


Chiang Mai is a popular tourist destination with many airlines providing cheap flights to the Thai cultural capital. For those who arrive from international ports to Bangkok, you can easily purchase domestic ticket to Chiang Mai with Bangkok Air at the ticket counter for 2300 Thai baht ($75USD). BKK-CNX is a 1 hour flight. *Air Asia are now offering cheap direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore to Chiang Mai.


Participants from abroad who find it difficult to make an international payment can confirm your reservation by emailing your flight itinerary to admin@bambooroo.com. At registration on the first morning you will be required to make the payment. Alternatively a deposit of 50% can be made to the following bank account.

A maximum of 25 participants, will be able join these workshop events Price includes:

  • Accommodation (twin room) room ( 3 nights)
  • Meal ( Dinner = 3 , Lunch = 3, Breakfast = 3)
  • Bamboo rafting / Hot springs tour
  • Bamboo grove visit.
  • Workshop material.
  • Bambooroo shirt and Hat.

Prices excludes: VAT (if you would like a tax receipt please add 7%)
CONTACTS – Please get in touch and we’ll send you a booking form.

Thai: +66 (0) 88 547 2098
Mark Emery: +66 (0) 809 540 328
email: admin@bambooroo.com


Account Name: MARK EMERY
Account Address: 372 Moo 3
T. Khilek, A- Mearim,
Province: Chiang Mai 50180 Tel: +66(0)809540328

Account Number: 367 1 21209 1
Swift Code: AYUDTHBK
Bank Branch: Maerim
Bank Address: 458 Moo 1, Chiang Mai – Fang,
T. Rimtai, A. Maerim
Province: Chiang Mai 50180 THAILAND
Tel: +66(0)53-299914


Mark Emery, (B.larch) “Nature’s curves – Organic architectural forms”

Australian Bamboo Architect will present the evolved concept of working with the natural curve of the bamboo pole as found in nature. “Not all bamboo is straight, hence we need to forgo the idea that bamboo is a homogenized building material”. Working and designing with bamboo is much more pleasurable when an approach is informed by the natural characteristics of the raw material. This presentation is essential for architects and bamboo practitioner’s wanting to learn about bamboo design fundamentals. Education: Landscape Architecture, (Built environment- UNSW Australia.)

Ingemar Saevors, (Arch) “Bamboo Architecture in the Urban Context.”

Swedish citizen with longtime links to Africa, Latin America and SE Asia, focuses on innovative building technologies for low income countries and adapts them to local social and cultural conditions.

Education: Architect/Urban planner (Lund Technical University, Sweden), CAD/GIS software (Bentley Systems, USA)


We start each day by explaining the work method with demonstrations of safe and efficient use power tools that you will work with during the day. After, you will be assigned into groups and begin the construction of the workshop exercises:

MAIN WORKSHOP EXERCISES @ Bambooroo Treatment Facility:

November 12th-14th
1. Bamboo “Space Frame” rooftop

Workshop groups

You will be given the opportunity to get “hands-on” in your workshop team under the supervision of the master-craftsman who will guide you through the construction exercise. After each session your team will be rotated to experience all of the exercises under-construction. To be hands-on is not an obligation, however there will be the opportunity to observe the process, make notes and discuss with master-builders and team members. GENERAL INFORMATION

Accommodation – Twin sharing
Accommodation will be provided at “The Prem Residence” nearby the Bambooroo Facilty where the workshops will take place. Rooms with double beds or two singles beds can accommodate two people.

Breakfast – Dinner
Breakfast and evening meals will be @ the Prem Residence, only a short walk from your rooms. The dining room is within the same complex as the lecture theatre so one may take your time to digest your food, gets to know your fellow participants, and generally talk shop- “bamboo!“

Lunch (1 ½ hours)
At lunch you will enjoy the basic but authentic Thai cuisine renowned the world over. All meals are included within the subscription fee.

Tea breaks (2x 20mins)
A hardworking participant builds a healthy appetite and requires continual injections of coffee, tea, drinks and snacks to get through the day. Tea/coffee breaks are also an opportunity for everyone to mix within the groups to see how the respective constructions are going.

Evening lectures
Of an evening, history and theory of bamboo design and construction will be covered in power point presentations by architects and specialists showing built projects from Europe, Indonesia, Thailand, and Colombia. After which we will have time for questions, discussion, and a general exchange of ideas and design debates. Each evening there shall be a PowerPoint presentation/ lecture to contribute to the knowledge base after which we will have time for questions and answers.

Bamboo Grove Visit
A visit some local bamboo groves on the first day will help us identify various South-East Asian bamboo species suitable for construction. Responsible clump management will be demonstrated to ensure that all participants are aware of the requirements of tropical bamboos to ensure best practice for the health and productivity of the bamboo grove.


Tuesday 12th of November

  • Collection from Chiang Mai at 8am – Transfer to Bambooroo factory in Mae Rim.

09.00: – 10.00: Factory Introduction – Factory visit “Bambooroo Factory”

  • Familiarisation of the anatomy of the bamboo culm, introduction of bamboo species of varying characteristics.
  • Selection criteria for bamboo use, maturity, density, size, straightness, and colour.
  • Preservation technique with salts of boron using the “horizontal submersion” for large scale and “Vertical Diffusion” for small cottage industry, and domestic use.
  • Exploring the various drying and storage techniques.

10.00- 12.00 : Plantation Visit

  • The bamboo clump examples of how bamboo grows in the wild.
  • The plantation and clump management- Tips how to control conditions for efficient culm growth.
  • Species familiarisation.
  • Harvesting the culm- “Listening to the culm,” and “Spotting the spots!”- tips for mature bamboo selection and sustainable harvesting.

12.00: Lunch at Baan Suan Lake restaurant

  • Personal Introduction

1.30: De-brief

  • Space frame concept, theory, Joinery methods.

2.00: Group Division – work starts!

  • Group 1. “Pole selection and preparation” Pole familiarisation
  • Group 2. “Footing installation” Ready for installation next morning.
  • Group 3. “Joinery preparation” Prepare all connections X 100 piece.

18.00: Dinner at the Prem Residence.

  • A selection of Thai dishes, meat and vegetarian will be followed by traditional Thai dessert.

Wednesday 13th of November

08.00: Breakfast at the Prem Residence

9.00-12.30: –Daily Introduction, Group Division – Work starts!

  • Group 1. “Joinery preparation” continued…
  • Group 2. “Scaffolding ” Instruction on how to make correct tourniquet joinery for bamboo scaffolding
  • Group 3. “Pole Placement” on ground fabrication.

12.30: Lunch at Tiger Kingdom

  • A selection of Thai dishes meat and vegetarian. An opportunity to interact with the Tigers and their cubs.

13.30: Workshop groups continued:

  • Group 1. “Pole Placement” Pre-selected poles inserted onto footings
  • Group 2. “Joinery preparation” continued…
  • Group 3. “Scaffolding ” Instruction on how to make correct tourniquet joinery for bamboo scaffolding

18.00 Dinner at “The Prem Residence”

20.30: Evening Seminar:

  • Mark Emery, “Natures Curves- Organic architecture”

Thursday 14th of November

08.00: Breakfast at The Prem Residence

09.00: Daily Introduction

  • Groups rotate exercises again after a quick debriefing.

10.00 : Workshop groups

  • Group 1. – Lift Space Frame
  • Group 2. – Lift Space Frame
  • Group 3. – Lift Space Frame

12.00 Midday: Lunch at Sanpatong Farm Stay

  • A selection of Thai dishes meat and vegetarian will be offered followed by traditional Thai dessert.

13.30: Workshop groups: Material Selection and Site preparation.

  • Group 1. “Mortar grouting” Instruction on how to make correct mortar injections for bamboo joinery.
  • Group 2. “Fishmouth Joinery” for main Columns
  • Group 3. “Column Installation” for main Columns

18.00 Finishing Party, BBQ, Live Jazz, and Karaoke!!!


Saturday 2nd of November

08.00: Breakfast at the Prem Residence.

09.00: Option to finish any outstanding work or free to enjoy tourist destinations

  • Elephant ride
  • Mountain trekking
  • Hot springs Spa
  • Visit Bambooroo built projects.

12.00: Checkout.