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Old 15th October 2005, 01:00 AM
Mark Meckes
 
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Location: USA - Texas, Austin
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Bamboo Gourd Trellis

Bamboo gourd and vine trellis - made from Phyllostachys aurea, early 2002 Austin Texas USA.
6M / 20ft long X 2.1M / 7 ft wide X 4M / 13 ft high structure is made from Phyllostachys aurea

The four main support legs are spaced at 3M / 10ft length X 60cm / 2ft wide.
The uprights were set right into the ground, as it was only intended as a temporary structure, but after the second year, two heavy duty metal stakes were pounded into the ground and wired to the uprights to extend it's longevity.
This trellis arbor was made to support long-handled dipper, kettle and
nipple gourds, and other vines, which will also provide shade in the midday
summer heat.

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The overhang provided free movement in an adjacent outdoor workplace.
Angled bracework and curved and twined culm tops provide strength and
stability to the structure.
It's all secured with waxed nylon thread.
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~ Mark
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Old 30th April 2012, 03:09 AM
Dean W.
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: USA - Central Texas
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Nice!

This is something similar to what I'm looking to build. Mark was very skilled as well as knowledgeable. Carol if you read this, how long did that structure last?
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Old 30th April 2012, 08:51 AM
CaroleMeckes
 
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Hi Dean,

Good to hear from you again - how are your bamboo plantings doing?

The gourd trellis was a far out beautiful structure. Built in 2002 I had to take what was left of it apart last year (2011). I still have one piece left that is attached to a metal fence post.

You can also contact me off line for bamboo pole supplies.

Carole
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Old 30th April 2012, 11:57 AM
Dean W.
 
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Hey Carole,

It's good to talk to you again. I only have one type of bamboo left now. It's one that Mark gave to me which is a clumper that stays pretty small. I can't think of the name right at the moment. He had said it had reverted or something to that effect into a taller version. Since he split it I haven't seen any large growth out of it. I got rid of my Bambusa oldhamii on Craig's List. I was getting tired of cutting down the culms every year.

Yes, it was a nice structure. Looked like a lot of work.

I'll contact you offline.

Thanks,
Dean
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Old 30th April 2012, 06:54 PM
CaroleMeckes
 
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The bamboo that you have is Bambusa mulitiplex 'fern leaf'
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Old 30th April 2012, 06:55 PM
Dean W.
 
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Yes, that's the one. Thanks for the name.
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