Bamboo Course and Apprenticeship

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Practical Bamboo Course and Apprenticeship Training:

BAMBOO CREATIVE BALI COURSE: APRIL 24 – JULY 10, 2022:


Come and be part of our Bamboo Course Introductory Skills and Bamboo Apprenticeship Training in Belega (15-20 min from Ubud), the village of world-famous Bamboo Carpenters and Builders… over 11 weeks from April 24 to July 10 to become an unbeatable hands-on bamboo builder and learn to construct a Bamboo Long House with us (dormitory for our Bamboo School).

You can join for the entire course, a week or a day…

Course Summary

The focus of this course is building our Bamboo School Long-House Dorm at Belega Bamboo Village… Here is what to expect to learn and discover during this 11 weeks:

  • PREPARATION Week 1 & 2: (April 25 – May 7) : Retrofit and Foundations using Earthship/ Biotecture methods to strengthen the existing base structure;
  • THEORY Week 3: (May 9 – 14) : Theoretical and Carpentry Intro Course , “Back-end” Bamboo Field Trips and Knowledge and Introduction to Bamboo Carpentry Skills and model-making.
  • PRACTICAL Week 4,5,6: (May 16 – June 4) : 1st Build – Main Structural Design, Frames and Roofing.
  • PRACTICAL Week 7, 8, 9: (June 6 – 25) : 2nd Build – Interior Design, Fit-out, Wall panelling, Doors, Furniture, Decorative Carving, and Specialist work.
  • PRACTICAL Week 10 & 11: (June 27 – July 9): *Bonus* Apprenticeship Program – Mentorship and Personal Project (FREE if enrolled in whole course)

Full Course Price: (11 weeks) – USD$3,800 $2925 – Includes Course Program, Meals, Accommodation and Tours. Be the FIRST to Register and Pay before April 20 to receive a 50% discount on the Whole Course (11 weeks) USD$2,925 $1,463 – Only available for the first 8 enrolments.

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Course Topics Outline

This hands-on course and apprenticeship is for those who would like to familiarise themselves through gaining practical experience in bamboo building – from knowledge of design principles and “what works” with bamboo, to immersion in the hands-on experience of building to become proficient in affordable bamboo design, carpentry and joinery. Join this program to learn about harvesting and bamboo treatment, earthship principles and design, making foundations, model-making, basic bamboo design principles and truss method construction, bamboo interiors and flooring, roofing methods, window and door-making, repurposing materials and up-cycled materials, finishing and maintenance of bamboo structures as well as to learn the “tricks of the trade” and unique design and traditional skills of artesian bamboo workers. You can join for all or part of this program…

Program Dates & Prices

April 25 – May 7 (2 weeks) Bamboo Intro, Foundations and Retrofit
(USD$400 – all incl.)
Foundational learning, Harvesting bamboo, bamboo treatment, making foundations, site preparation, materials costing, earthship principles, garbage warrior retrofitting and building staircase.

May 9 – 14 (1 week) : Main Bamboo Training Course and Carpentry Introduction (available online)
(US$445 – all inclusive or USD$350 Course only)
Foundation learning, model-making/bamboo design, truss construction, joinery and carpentry techniques, making bamboo walls and flooring, roofing design and materials selection and properties, harvesting, and treatment.

May 16 – June 4 (3 weeks) : 1st Build – Structure: Frames and Roofing
(USD$1040 – all incl.) ($765 program only) ($350/$255 per week)
Making Trusses, Joinery and Curving bamboo, Bamboo Panels, Making Bamboo Nails and Tying Tali, Main Bamboo Building Construction, Pillars, Fish Mouth Joins, Metal Bolt and Bamboo Nail. Joining Roofing to Main Frame, Making bearers and joists (usuk) for roof structure, Roofing.

June 6 – June 25 : 2nd Build – Interior, Furniture and Finishings
(USD$1040 – all incl.) ($765 program only) ($350/$255 per week)
Interior Design, Walling and Window Design Techniques, Framing and Doors, Carpentry for Furniture, Roofing Installation, Bamboo Carving, Artesian Decorative Bamboo Techniques.

June 27 – July 9 : Bonus 2 Week Apprenticeship
(USD$850 (all incl) /$685 (course only) or FREE if enrolled in entire course.)
Time to refine your skills and work one-on-one with our craftsmen and learn more about bamboo carpentry and design – personal interest project mentorship. Materials cost for personal projects not included.


Full Course Price: (11 weeks) – USD$2,925 – Includes Course Program, Meals, Accommodation and Tours and Bonus 2 week Bamboo Apprenticeship. (Total Value: $3800)

Be the FIRST to Register and Pay before April 20 to receive a 50% discount on the Whole Course ONLY (9 weeks + 2 week Bonus Apprenticeship) USD$2925 $1,463 – Only available for the first 8 enrolments…


We can’t wait to share this experience with you and have you join our program learning directly from the Real Bamboo Masters… staying alongside local families and experiencing the local culture of Bali!

Enquire HERE and get the full course schedule


Workshop Schedule:

Can’t make it to Bali right now? We offer an alternative course format: Study the one week Theory and Intro Carpentry course online and then join us at a later time in Bali for your 2 week Hands-On Apprenticeship Training in either Bamboo Construction, Bamboo Interiors and Installation/Design or Artesian Crafts and Traditional Bamboo Art (or combination).

Online Course Option – Join this online course at https://fb.me/e/lkvcD4IpIor

Main Online Bamboo Training Course and Carpentry Introduction (May 9 – 14) 11 am to 1pm Mon-Fri (GMT+8 Central Indonesia Time)

In this Online Course training we will learn about bamboo fundamentals, design and model-making, joinery and carpentry techniques, truss construction, scaffolding and support using bamboo while you are building. This course will start on Monday 9 May until Friday 13th May 2022 and will consist of Live and Recorded materials (able to be watched at a later time) and question-time sessions each day. (GMT+8 Central Indonesia Time 11am to 12.30pm and 30 min discussion/question time)… The Live Event Course price is $110 USD

Topic Ouline: Monday – Bamboo Fundamentals and Treatment; Tuesday – Bamboo Design and model-making; Wednesday – Joinery and Carpentry demonstration; Thursday – Making a mal and truss system from our model; Friday – Bamboo Scaffolding and support

Sign up for the Online Course now at: https://fb.me/e/lkvcD4IpI And secure a special discount on your 2 week Individual Apprenticeship (usable until Dec 2025)!!! We are offering a half-price discount on your Apprenticeship residential training (US$850) US$425 (or $685 $343 for live-out)…(Pay on arrival)

Or Sign up below and select “Online” Option and you will be added to the Facebook Event.….

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Apprenticeship Training

Come to Bali for your hands-on apprenticeship, and stay in our Bamboo Long House Dorm and learn Hands On Bamboo Building Construction, Interiors, furniture-making and traditional Balinese bamboo art through – experiencing local arts and culture…. with a program tailored to you. Pay 50% in advance to secure your place and be offered first availability – Sign up below and select “Future course” Option

This course is for those interested to be able to build with bamboo and practical aspects of construction – from harvesting to design and carpentry and joinery. We also explore the meditative side of bamboo craft and making things with bamboo – and is helpful if you’re interested in developing a product from bamboo… You’ll have plenty of time to work with our craftsmen to find a way to work with bamboo that works for you… We are an all-abilities project-space and offer support for special needs and disabilities – also offering care-support and collaboration programs with local families for disability-inclusive small business projects. Contact me directly for information.

Sign up Now and schedule your apprenticeship program

Long Course Online Study Option with our Outreach Programs

Sign up and pay for the Full Introduction Course ($350) and follow the progress of the project to build our bamboo dorm for our school and follow our outreach journey to bring bamboo into the realm of sustainability for local people in “developing countries” and help us to inform and facilitate wider knowledge of and examples of bamboo structures which are sustainable and affordable – starting with our traditional treatment process study on the costs/potential affordability of bamboo being treated and preserved with this method… Have input into the design processes for practical and affordable bamboo buildings at our Outreach Project sites – and access to all future online courses and programs

Get Free Access to our Facebook Group and watch our Bamboo Dorm being built … https://www.facebook.com/groups/5443799475664816/?ref=share

This program is starting in Late April 2022 with the start of the Bamboo Harvest time and will be combined with our Bamboo Training Courses and Online Learning Course so our members in remote locations can learn and share the information and online training materials we have so far consolidated. We would love your support and contribution towards the ongoing study and practical processes for making affordable bamboo design accessible to local populations and contributing to a Regenerative culture of inclusion, transparency and fairness.

We offer a sliding-scale contribution approach to make this learning accessible to the everyone. Please communicate whatever way you feel you can pay/contribute and also offer your skills and time. Whether you’d like to contribute more physically through Skills/Labour in construction and/or professional sense or are interested to assist in developing aspects of our inclusive program for disabilities. We are committed to finding ways to collaborate which are mutually beneficial for everyone. You can pre-pay your program fully or partially to assist us in financing and preparations, ready for your arrival and participation… Email us for more info workshops@bamboocreative.org

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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

  • Selecting and Harvesting Bamboo; Maintaining Bamboo Clumps; Bamboo Treatment Methods
  • Bamboo Tools and Safety – Knives and Tool maintenance
  • Basic Bamboo Joinery and Carpentry Techniques – Cutting, Splitting, Carving/Shaping, Weaving and Joinery
  •          Bamboo Design Elements, Model-Making/ Miniatures; Concept of a Bamboo Structure; Costing a design.
  • Onsite Construction, – Aspects of Bamboo Construction including Site Planning, Foundations, Drainage and Electrics
  • Carpentry Design Techniques – Bundling Bamboo (Bamboo Lidi), Bamboo Flooring; Bending Bamboo and Bamboo Roofing
  • Long term Maintenance and protection of a Bamboo Structure; Protecting the bamboo/Finishing/Post Construction maintenance and longevity,

 On top of that we’ll tell you the SECRET of our tiny house bamboo design…

 

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; Earth-friendly systems

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 Practical Design and Construction Methods and Material Sources that could also be applied in “western countries” 

Approaching a zero waste economy and community

 

Bamboo Creative wants YOU – to be the change!

Need more info?

As the founder of Bamboo Creative, I am passionate about natural building and design, experimentation, raising awareness and sharing skills that can make building bamboo homes sustainable, affordable and accessible – especially for People LIVING IN “developing countries” who make up around 70% of the global population of our planet. I have been learning about bamboo for the last five years through this construction project in Bali where I am creating an Eco-activity Community Centre inclusive of special needs and facilitating carpentry, craft-making, eco-building and product design using recycled/reclaimed trash, bamboo and earth-building techniques. 

Freyr’s Bamboo Sky-Kubu (Denpasar, Bali)

Bamboo Biasa VIP Day Workshops

We offer Introductory to Intermediate Carpentry & Joinery practical day workshops where we share our experience building with bamboo and the design of our bamboo building at Freyr’s Bamboo Sky-Kubu (Denpasar). Basic tool knowledge and techniques; joinery/carpentry styles will be demonstrated and then we work together to make a bamboo item of your choice; You will get to apply your new knowledge practically and be given the the tools to try for yourself… and take home your creation! Check Availability for Carpentry and Joinery Workshops – on Air BNB Experiences.

Where: ->Freyr’s Bamboo Home (Denpasar) (my home project) which borders the Seminyak green belt of Urban Rice Fields… The design is based on a traditional “knock-down” Lumbung/Rice barn from near Jogjakarta (brought to Bali by Djuka Montero of Farmer’s Yard Permaculture Hostel in Canggu) See More about the Design and has been elaborated into a “Bamboo Earthship Sky-KUBU”. Come and get lost in Bamboo! -> Bamboo Art Bali School in Belege/Gianyar where our Internships/Apprentices programs are based, and at -> Astungkara Way RFLC (Regenerative Farmer’s Learning Centre) at Abiansemal where we are making a trial demonstration on bamboo affordability and sustainability experiments while helping our friends build/enhance their facilities with small project-build workshops from time to time.

For one-on-one and small group tuition and projects learning bamboo building and carpentry skills. Or Join our VIP Internships (residential) program, to stay with us and eat, sleep and poop bamboo -> See our VIP interns program.


Craft Programs

Kid’s Club and Family Programs

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 toys from bamboo swords, shields, bows and arrows, to dolls/puppets, stilts, model houses, boats as well as cob (earth and straw) building. We have assistant staff to assist special needs. We also offer Mobile Craft Sessions for Homeschooling Groups and Family Workshops See our KIDS CLUB PAGE

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, camp programs and one-on-one special needs support with our special needs and family retreat program.

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 🙂

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