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.

Workshop details:

Our Course Schedule runs for 8 sessions/full days (theory and practice + 2 days or 4 half days ‘praktek’ (depending on season) for additional/specialty technique/ practice. We will harvest, treat and build a 4m x 2m bamboo “forest camp” bamboo dwelling.

Our instructor Dodon DIMYATI is an experienced bamboo builder trained in Yogjakarta with 15 years working in Bamboo Construction and Design (Indonesia, Thailand and US). Free Introduction Session 10th March 2021 via Facebook Live/IGTV https://fb.me/e/4lvFU1oFv

Course Commencement: Wednesday 17th March 2021

To Book your place/enquire: Email Us

Our Next Course begins on Wednesday 17th of March for 8 weeks (weekly on Wednesdays 11am – 3pm) with some Thursday sessions (half or full day) at Bamboo Creative Arts Workshop in Denpasar, Bali. 

Course Cost: Rp. 500,000/day – Total Cost: Rp.5,000,000/ (AU$500 US$350 E290)

Mr Dodon Dimyati our instructor pictured
Pak Dodon – our course instructor

 

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?

We are constructing a bamboo house near Seminyak in Denpasar 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 Tiny 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.

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. Many people in developing countries have existing skills (at risk of being lost) to work with this material but they are not “valued” because without proper treatment bamboo will only last 5-7 years, and most 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.

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 countries that bamboo is only for “poor people” or the very rich. Also, we need to maintain the intricate knowledge and cultural roots of bamboo which spans many countries and traditions and 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.

Presently, most local people can’t see how bamboo can be of benefit to them, the skills and knowledge are being lost at a rapid rate. Bamboo may become an industrialised and mass produced “product” but to maintain it’s value and the art of working with it – we must facilitate it’s cultural revival and demonstrate PLUS enable the world majority to Access and Utilise it appropriately in the modern context.

Bamboo creative wants YOU – to be the change!

All Workshops – Courses

We offer half-day craft and basic carpentry, one day build, three, seven and ten day programs in bamboo building and construction. Our half day and one day workshops can also be 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.

Bamboo Biasa Day Workshops

Tuesdays – Craft

We offer 2 crafting sessions (3 hours each) on Tuesdays every week at 10am-1pm and 2.30-5,30pm with mixed topics from Bamboo Jewellery to Vertical Gardens, Model Cars, Cutlery, Backpacks and 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.

Bamboo Creative Tuesday Day Workshops

10.30am to 3pm – Cost: AUD$52 per person Special Price (advance payment) $32 per ticket/person – valid for 3 years from purchase

A$32.00

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.

Thursdays – Carpentry

Introductory and Intermediate Carpentry Workshops every Thursday 10am – 4.30pm. This is a 5 hour practical workshop with 1.5 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 be given the tools to try for yourself…

Supri Yanto

Supri Yanto, our workshop leader, is the designer of our bamboo house in Denpasar. A skilled craftsman and recycler, cob builder, designer and imaginator; he enjoys sharing his skills with others, meeting new cultures and aims to build “everything from garbage”. He embodies the Asian way of life of “helping together” and is a “heart-led” creator.

Book in Advance SPECIAL for Flexible attendance/prepayment:

Bamboo Creative Tuesday Day Workshops

10.30am to 3pm – Cost: AUD$52 per person Special Price (advance payment) $32 per ticket/person – valid for 3 years from purchase

A$32.00

Enquire here about availability:

We hold Drop-in Craft Workshops on Saturday afternoons 2-5pm – making jewellery, cutlery, lamps, insect houses, and other groovy things…

Check out our Facebook page for the activity schedule.

     

Saturday Craft Workshop

2-5pm Saturdays… Design and Create with Bamboo

$11.00


Kid’s Club

Friends of Freyr kids club 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 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.

Running on Mondays and Fridays, our kids club is open to 4-7 year olds for the morning session (9.30-12pm) and 8-12+ year olds for the afternoon session (2-4.30pm). See our KIDS CLUB PAGE for a more detailed schedule

Cob Ecobrick Pizza Party

3pm to 8pm – every Saturday –

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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