Friday, June 7, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The big thin

A huge crop is shoots in the 2 to 4 inch range has prompted the removal of most old culms under 2 inches. You can see the street light in place that have been dark for years.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Phyllostachys nigra "Bory" "black leopard"

The last couple years in the grove, shoots in the grove have been smaller than the 3.5 inch culm produced in 2011. Well this year has had a huge flush of 2 inch culms as well as a couple that will meet or beat the record culm. I'm estimating this will beat 3.5 and might even make the 4 inch mark. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Sold the half barrel, it came back empty and was able to put an 8 cane already pruned plant back in. Sustainable! The plant only took hand digging and10 snips with hand pruners.

Nata Axe: bamboo limber & splitter


From the saler:

I picked Nata ax up last year while traveling through the old farmlands of Japan. It is a vintage Japanese nata (ax/machete) made of hand forged tempered laminated steel in the same way as traditional samurai swords. It is laminated from two pieces of steel-soft steel on the outside and hard (high carbon) steel on the cutting edge. It is beveled on one side and hollow ground on the back side for ease and precision of sharpening. Made by the master Japanese master blade maker Fujita who forged this blade about 70 years ago and also has a name of a past ower branded onto the red oak handle (see picture 11 & 12). Aslo written in Japanese on the blade are the words, "Teuchi" (hand pounded).

I am told that it was used to cut bamboo down the grain (length wise) and do various farm tasks, though it works great for cutting anything else including kindling. It has an extruded tip to help prevent it from coming out while cutting the length of the bamboo. Despite minor oxidation and some hammer marks on its durable top spline (see pictures 9 & 10) it is still razor sharp and has another generation of life for its next master. It is well balanced with a heavy blade and a long Japanese red oak handle with flaired end making it easy to grip. Other than an aged patina on its Japanese red oak handle and some minor oxidation it is in very good condition.

Measures overall 16" (40 cm). The blade measures 7" long (18 cm) by 2 3/4" wide (6.5 cm). A rare piece of character and quality . Old world craftsmanship for the new world craftsman!

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