Bamboo Workshops

Do YOU want to learn to BUILD from bamboo?

This versatile renewable fast-growing material that could help save our planet from resource depletion

What you’ll learn:

The 101 Bamboo Knowledge

  • Bamboo Tools and Safety – using/choosing Knives and Tool maintenance
  • Basic Bamboo Techniques – Cutting, Splitting, Shaping & Weaving; Choosing and Harvesting BAMBOO; Maintaining Bamboo 
  • Onsite Construction, – different aspects of bamboo house construction will be covered including foundations, site drainage and plumbing, architects, teamwork, and site safety, .
  • Concept of a Bamboo Structure – Treatment of Bamboo, Materials, Age, Structure, Design, Local Traditions, Model-making, Joinery and Carpentry as applied to Design Principles for a structure
  • Finishing/Post Construction maintenance and longevity, costing and finance for bamboo buildings 

 On top of that we’ll tell you the SECRET of our tiny house bamboo design… See what’s going on now at our FACEBOOK PAGE.

Current Workshop details:

Bamboo, Cob and Solar Power Off-Grid Natural Building Workshop  (Youth and Adults) 25-27 June & 1-3 July

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Get your bamboo poppin’ cob stompin’ solar rockin’ boots on for this rapid action 6 day (broken into 2 weeks) workshop covering Bamboo, Cob and Solar power OFF-GRID livin’ Natural Building Workshop (Youth and Adults) 9am – 4pm – Rp.450,000 per day (includes Lunch and Refreshments)

Course Itinerary:

Day 1: Bamboo Gudang/Garden Shed (Friday 25th June)
9am – Welcome
9.30am – Bamboo Carpentry: Making the frame for Bamboo Building & Install on pillar/foundation
11am Break
11.30am – Install Crossframe, Roof Beams and Door Frame
1pm Lunch
2pm – Making Bedek for walls & Install
4pm – End

Day 2: Roofing and Door for Gudang and Bamboo Archway (Saturday 26 June)
9am – Introduction
9.30am – Splitting Bamboo and cleaning nodes; Install and Attach Recycled Bottle roofing
11am Break
11.30 – Make Sliding Door and Install
1pm Lunch
2pm – Make archway structure and install on pillars
4pm End

Day 3: Bamboo Archway/ Shade Structure (Sunday 27 June)
9am – Demonstration (Carpentry)
9.30am – Making framing and reng; Install
11am Break
11.30am – Install Alang Alang (grass roofing)
1pm Lunch
2pm – Finishing/Coating on Bamboo (Shade Structure and Gudang)
4pm End

Day 4: Bamboo Vertical Garden (Thursday 1 July)
9am – Carpentry Demonstaration (making round holes for planter cups)
9.30am – Praktek: Making Bamboo Planters
11am Break
11.30am – Continue making planters and measure rope for hanging planters
1pm Lunch
2pm – Install rope and planters onto frame
4pm End

Day 5: Bamboo Vertical Garden and Cob Building (Friday 2 July)
9am Aquaponics Intro – systems and circulation: installing pipes/hose for vertical garden system
10am – Making Cob for Solar Power “bunker” under cement building
11am Break
11.30am – Making Glass Bottle bricks for Cob structure
12.30pm – Lunch
1.30pm – Making Cobb Wall Structure around Solar/Battery Storage Area
3.30pm – clean up and put growing medium into planter cups
4pm End

Day 6: Cobb Building and Solar Power Workshop (Saturday 3 July)
9am – Intro to Solar Power
10am – Energy Audit and site plan
10.30am – Hands-On Solar Power Install
11.30am – 12.00pm – Break
12pm Continue Install
1pm Lunch
2pm – Connect Aquaponics System & Test
3pm – Plant Seedling cups and install into Vertical Garden

  Location: in Abiansemal Bali: Astungkara Way RFLC
https://maps.app.goo.gl/X3DWeERWTHE3A7EB6

Course Cost: Rp.450,000/day – Total Cost: Rp.2,100,000 (20% discount for whole course) 

You can pre-order/pay by credit card or local bank transfer… Just message us by whatsapp / email to confirm your place and we will send details for payment.

 

Our vision

At Bamboo Creative, it isn’t just about construction, We are also looking at systems for the tropics that can help:

1. Reduce waste and Redirection of plastic throw-away

2. Lessen the need for Power consumption

3. Small Space/Urban Vertical Gardening for Food production

4. Grey-water systems and Energy from Human Waste

5. Education and Outreach to promote earth-friendly lifestyle practices and uptake of bamboo in developing countries

6. Affordable Construction Methods and Material Sources for the Local Population

Approaching a zero waste economy and community

 

Need more info?

Freyr’s Bamboo Home

Our bamboo house is near Seminyak in Denpasar and is based on a Lumbung/Rice barn design that comes from near Jogja in Java (brought to Bali by Djuka Montero of Farmer’s Yard Permaculture Hostel in Canggu, Bali.) The original “knock-down” design has been elaborated into a “Bamboo Earthship Sky-KUBU!” Come and see us and immerse yourself in the world of Bamboo…  

This Bamboo Tiny-House Earthship-inspired design is suitable for tropical and sub-tropical environments and is low-cost – able to be built by 4-6 people in an urban or rural area. The design demonstrates how bamboo can be utilised in the “modern sense” and appeals to developing country populations who have existing knowledge and skills in building with bamboo which are at risk of being lost due to the common perception that bamboo is “only for poor people – or the very rich”. SEE MORE ABOUT THE DESIGN and what brought us to be living in Bali.

Bamboo – because it’s a fast-growing renewable material, we want to share at a practical level how to preserve it and ensure its longevity because without proper treatment bamboo will only last 3-5 years, and most developing/post-colonised communities lack this practical knowledge.

Earthship – because, even though the Earthship ‘signature’ car tyres are not a freely available ‘indigenous’ material in SE Asia where we’re based (we pay $1-2 per tyre), our design aims to create a home that produces its own food and energy, deals with its own waste and lessens unsustainable resource consumption.

Tiny-house – because we aim for a maximum efficiency, low budget portable design that meet the needs of the changing world community who either a) live in developing countries and are bound by the financial constraints of living on low wages (less than $10/day), land area shortages and lack of material availabilty/affordability or b) are living in developed countries and prefer not to take up lifestyles and jobs which lead to further global decay and want to Be the change by living a low-consumption resource-friendly lifestyle and contribute to the proliferation of renewable innovative technologies… Kubu is a term for small dwelling (usually made from bamboo/natural materials) so we have adopted that term.

With more than 70% of the global population living on less than $10/day in tropical/subtropical climates, bamboo could be a vital gamechanger in turning around ecological decay (one aspect) – however, there are not many examples of bamboo “architecture” which the majority of the world’s population can/could afford or aspire to. It’s vital that we use our “privilage” in these times to bring knowledge and awareness for building with bamboo in sustainabale and “modern” ways – and help to change the common perception in post-colonised nations that bamboo is only for “poor people” (or just the very rich). Also, we need to maintain the intrinsic knowledge and cultural roots of bamboo which spans many countries, generations and traditions – appreciate and learn the SKILL required to work with and understand this material. Partly so that it can be applied in “the west” affordably and without importing “cheap labour” and also to give value to this cultural knowledge to ensure it is maintained. Our projects and workshops aim to encouage local development to sustain livelihoods and encourage innovation and cooperation to reinvent and make bamboo applicable in a modern sense and become a sustainable source of income at a local level.

Presently, most local people can’t see how bamboo can be of benefit to them. Bamboo workers are generally still low-paid and the practical skills and expertise are being lost at a rapid rate (it’s not seen by locals as an ‘attractive career prospect because it’s ususally still the designers and “smart people’ that make all the money. Further, bamboo may become an industrialised and mass produced “product”, so to maintain it’s value and the art of working with it – we must facilitate it’s cultural revival and facillitate/enable developing country populations fairer deals around worker salaries and empower the formation of local businesses to Access and Utilise it appropriately in the modern context.

Bamboo Creative wants YOU – to be the change!

All Workshops – Courses

We offer craft and basic carpentry and joinery for bamboo building and construction workshops (Our day workshops can also be viewed and booked in Airbnb Experiences.) Our workshops are designed to share skills for working with bamboo by getting to know the material practically. We provide all tools, training and safety induction We can also arrange specific one-on-one tutoring with our mastercraftsmen to develop your technique and also offer product development packages for expert design.

Mondays – Craft

We offer 2 crafting sessions (3 hours each) at 10am-1pm and 2.30-5.30pm with mixed topics from Bamboo Jewellery to Vertical Gardens, Model Cars, Cutlery, Backpacks, Lamps, and other groovy things… as well as other specialty Weaving Workshops. See our BAMBOO CRAFT & CREATE PAGE for more details.

Our workshops are inclusive of all ages and abilities (children under 6 must be accompanied by a responsible adult). You can access pre-purchase special rate here and attend any time for 3 years forward.

Enjoy time to experience craft as a meditation and meet other travellers, locals and residents of Bali. Come along and get lost in bamboo!! Register below to join our workshops in Denpasar at Freyr’s Bamboo Home.

Bamboo Biasa Day Workshops

Thursdays – Carpentry

Introductory and Intermediate Carpentry Workshops on Thursdays 10.30am – 4.00pm. This is a 5 hour practical workshop with 1/2 hour lunch break. Workshops start with a site and safety introduction, light refreshment and discussion of our topic. We will share our experience building with bamboo and the design of our bamboo building which is based on a traditional rice barn (Lumbung) and take a tour of our building. Basic tool knowledge and techniques; joinery/carpentry styles will be demonstrated. Then you will get to apply this knowledge practically and given the tools to try for yourself…

Book in Advance SPECIAL for Flexible attendance/prepayment:

Enquire here about availability:

Check out our Facebook page for the latest activity schedule.

     


Kid’s Club

Friends of Freyr kids program is open to all abilities at Freyr’s Bamboo Home in Denpasar for day activities and overnight/camp programs. Making bamboo swords, shields, bows and arrows, dolls/puppets, stilts, model houses, boats as well as cob (earth and straw) building, eco-brick (repurposed plastic) and cooking natural food and pizza-making. We have assistant staff and carers to help supervise group activities and assist special needs.

Our kids club activities encourage exploration, co-operation, imagination and development of manual building and problem-solving skills and aim to develop creativity and right-brain thinking. Open to all abilities, we offer day activities and camp programs.

Our Kids Club at Freyr’s Bamboo Home is open to 4-7 year olds for the morning session (9.30-12pm) and 8-12+ year olds for the afternoon session (4-6.30pm). See our KIDS CLUB PAGE for a more detailed schedule

We are also offering a summer camp kids program during June/July in Canggu and then mobile workshop programs for small groups (6-12 people).

Cob Building and Ecobrick

We host special group workshops for natural building with cob (mud mixture of clay, sand and dry grass) and ecobrick (empty plastic bottles stuffed with plastic trash) to promote the sequestration of plastic waste from our oceans and natural environment. See our Zero Waste page for more details. We’d love to host a workshop at your place and assist you in designing and implementing your own cob and ecobrik construction! Suitable for kids and adults 🙂

More Programs….

See our Internships Page for more intensive/longer workshops and bamboo house stays

Bamboo Creative Outreach – Seeing our world from a locals perspective and effecting change as One Community.

Blog Page – Latest News


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