Hamiltonii and Nutaans Bamboo as a Raw Material for Craft

As a farmer turned entrepreneur craftsman, my journey of diversification, from conventional agriculture to bamboo agro-forestry has been an interesting saga.

Wood is an important raw material for us. Unfortunately, this is a non-renewable resource, which has been over exploited over the last so many years. We, as mankind, have wiped out our forest cover at an alarming rate (and still doing so). Our  indifference and greed has thus resulted in precipitating irreversible ecological changes. For instance, global warming is a direct result of pollution and deforestation, which, if not controlled, could wipe out 20% of Bangladesh, due to the rising sea level. One can cite numerous examples.

Policy makers, have now, grudgingly accorded high priority to ecological rehabilitation. Afforestation has thus become a global focus. CITES, is a result of one such global endeavor ! to save our forests.

Recently, CITES has listed Shisham and indian Red Wood in its watch list- Wooden Handicraft Industry has had a direct hit.

For some reason, I had a premonition, couple of years ago, and I had commenced collecting information on Bamboo, including elite planting materials etc. I have been in touch with many universities and my travels took me to all quarters of the country, wherever bamboo was said to be growing.

We short-listed Bambusa Balcooa, Bambusa Nutaans, Dendrocalamus Hamiltonii, Dendrocalamus Strictus and Dendrocalamus Membranaceous.

We made trial plots- but unfortunately, the rooting in Membranaceous and Balcooa was poor– we lost all plants.

We managed saving a few plants of Hamiltonii, Nutaans and Strictus.

The bot! tle-neck with bamboo, to be exploited as a wood, is its inter-nodal cavity and fiber orientation. Notwithstanding, its an excellent resource since it grows fast, and, by way of systematic agro-forestry, also renewable.

I have seen some variants of Dendrocalamus Strictus and Membranaceous almost fully solid, a quality, that perhaps, can make them a good substitute to wood.

Nutaans and Balcooa are thick walled– excellent for construction works etc. Both have straight growing habits, thus have a ready market.

In a recent experiment, I cut full length culms 2 year old of Nutaans and Hamiltonii- further divided them into 2 foot segments, to compare the wall thickness at similar heights. I noticed that Hamiltonii, though thicker at the base, with almost same wall thickness as Nutaans, lost out at around 18 feet, where its walls started to become thinner than Nutaans. Further, Nutaans is open ! culming- and easier to harvest- especially, if you are harvesting in a horse-shoe pattern (selective harvest)

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In light of above, I feel Nutaans is a better choice for farmers, than Hamiltonii.

I am still in the process of establishing Balcooa and Membranaceous- rooting has been a problem with Membranaceous—- Any suggestions or advice, as to how to get it to root ???

Medieval Viking Bearded Axe with Bamboo Handle

Viking Axes and Weapons are considered collectors items, invoking reminiscences of the Viking age.

Vikings (In local vernacular- vikinger, vikingar, víkingar), were Nordic seafarers, primarily speaking the Old Norse language. They raided and traded across wide areas of Europe, during the late 8th to late 11th centuries.

One of their axes is popularly called the Bearded Axe or the Skeggöx (from Old Norse Skegg, beard + öx, axe), which was in vogue around the 6th century AD, a time period associated with Viking Age. The lower portion of an axe extends out like a beard, and hence the nomenclature. There are many variants of this design, in use by foresters, even today.

Our Bearded Viking Axe is HOT FORGED in 6150 Steel (equivalent grades- 735A51 50CrV4 50Cr4V2 EN47 6150 SUP10). It  has a Solid Bamboo hand! le (haft).

Bamboo has longer fiber and is said to be stronger than wood. Some of its mechanical properties are comparable with steel. Additionally, the species of bamboo that we use ( Dendrocalamus Strictus) is ALMOST FULLY SOLID, with a very small inter-nodal cavity.

Because of its unique anatomy, bamboo has the quality of absorbing the shock, much as a shock absorber, thus making it a better material for hafts and tool handles. In India, most farm tools have bamboo hafts/handles

Our Bearded Viking Axe head is made in 6150 Steel. (Analysis Carbon 0.48-0.53% Silicon 0.15-0.35%, Manganese 0.70-0.90% Phosphorous 0.040% max, Chromium 0.80-1.10% Sulphur 0.035% max, Vanadium 0.15% min)

MEASUREMENTS:
Overall: 24 inches
Weight: 1 kg head, 300 gram, self locking bamboo handle

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Medieval Viking Bearded Axe with Bamboo Handle

Viking Axes and Weapons are considered collectors items, invoking reminiscences of the Viking age.

Vikings (In local vernacular- vikinger, vikingar, víkingar), were Nordic seafarers, primarily speaking the Old Norse language. They raided and traded across wide areas of Europe, during the late 8th to late 11th centuries.

One of their axes is popularly called the Bearded Axe or the Skeggöx (from Old Norse Skegg, beard + öx, axe), which was in vogue around the 6th century AD, a time period associated with Viking Age. The lower portion of an axe extends out like a beard, and hence the nomenclature. There are many variants of this design, in use by foresters, even today.

Our Bearded Viking Axe is HOT FORGED in 6150 Steel (equivalent grades- 735A51 50CrV4 50Cr4V2 EN47 6150 SUP10). It  has a Solid Bamboo hand! le (haft).

Bamboo has longer fiber and is said to be stronger than wood. Some of its mechanical properties are comparable with steel. Additionally, the species of bamboo that we use ( Dendrocalamus Strictus) is ALMOST FULLY SOLID, with a very small inter-nodal cavity.

Because of its unique anatomy, bamboo has the quality of absorbing the shock, much as a shock absorber, thus making it a better material for hafts and tool handles. In India, most farm tools have bamboo hafts/handles

Our Bearded Viking Axe head is made in 6150 Steel. (Analysis Carbon 0.48-0.53% Silicon 0.15-0.35%, Manganese 0.70-0.90% Phosphorous 0.040% max, Chromium 0.80-1.10% Sulphur 0.035% max, Vanadium 0.15% min)

MEASUREMENTS:
Overall: 24 inches
Weight: 1 kg head, 300 gram, self locking bamboo handle

20170221_114556-1

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Medieval Viking Bearded Axe with Bamboo Handle

Viking Axes and Weapons are considered collectors items, invoking reminiscences of the Viking age.

Vikings (In local vernacular- vikinger, vikingar, víkingar), were Nordic seafarers, primarily speaking the Old Norse language. They raided and traded across wide areas of Europe, during the late 8th to late 11th centuries.

One of their axes is popularly called the Bearded Axe or the Skeggöx (from Old Norse Skegg, beard + öx, axe), which was in vogue around the 6th century AD, a time period associated with Viking Age. The lower portion of an axe extends out like a beard, and hence the nomenclature. There are many variants of this design, in use by foresters, even today.

Our Bearded Viking Axe is HOT FORGED in 6150 Steel (equivalent grades- 735A51 50CrV4 50Cr4V2 EN47 6150 SUP10). It  has a Solid Bamboo hand! le (haft).

Bamboo has longer fiber and is said to be stronger than wood. Some of its mechanical properties are comparable with steel. Additionally, the species of bamboo that we use ( Dendrocalamus Strictus) is ALMOST FULLY SOLID, with a very small inter-nodal cavity.

Because of its unique anatomy, bamboo has the quality of absorbing the shock, much as a shock absorber, thus making it a better material for hafts and tool handles. In India, most farm tools have bamboo hafts/handles

Our Bearded Viking Axe head is made in 6150 Steel. (Analysis Carbon 0.48-0.53% Silicon 0.15-0.35%, Manganese 0.70-0.90% Phosphorous 0.040% max, Chromium 0.80-1.10% Sulphur 0.035% max, Vanadium 0.15% min)

MEASUREMENTS:
Overall: 24 inches
Weight: 1 kg head, 300 gram, self locking bamboo handle

20170221_114556-1

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Medieval Viking Bearded Axe with Bamboo Handle

Viking Axes and Weapons are considered collectors items, invoking reminiscences of the Viking age.

Vikings (In local vernacular- vikinger, vikingar, víkingar), were Nordic seafarers, primarily speaking the Old Norse language. They raided and traded across wide areas of Europe, during the late 8th to late 11th centuries.

One of their axes is popularly called the Bearded Axe or the Skeggöx (from Old Norse Skegg, beard + öx, axe), which was in vogue around the 6th century AD, a time period associated with Viking Age. The lower portion of an axe extends out like a beard, and hence the nomenclature. There are many variants of this design, in use by foresters, even today.

Our Bearded Viking Axe is HOT FORGED in 6150 Steel (equivalent grades- 735A51 50CrV4 50Cr4V2 EN47 6150 SUP10). It  has a Solid Bamboo hand! le (haft).

Bamboo has longer fiber and is said to be stronger than wood. Some of its mechanical properties are comparable with steel. Additionally, the species of bamboo that we use ( Dendrocalamus Strictus) is ALMOST FULLY SOLID, with a very small inter-nodal cavity.

Because of its unique anatomy, bamboo has the quality of absorbing the shock, much as a shock absorber, thus making it a better material for hafts and tool handles. In India, most farm tools have bamboo hafts/handles

Our Bearded Viking Axe head is made in 6150 Steel. (Analysis Carbon 0.48-0.53% Silicon 0.15-0.35%, Manganese 0.70-0.90% Phosphorous 0.040% max, Chromium 0.80-1.10% Sulphur 0.035% max, Vanadium 0.15% min)

MEASUREMENTS:
Overall: 24 inches
Weight: 1 kg head, 300 gram, self locking bamboo handle

20170221_114556-1

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Medieval Viking Bearded Axe with Bamboo Handle

Viking Axes and Weapons are considered collectors items, invoking reminiscences of the Viking age.

Vikings (In local vernacular- vikinger, vikingar, víkingar), were Nordic seafarers, primarily speaking the Old Norse language. They raided and traded across wide areas of Europe, during the late 8th to late 11th centuries.

One of their axes is popularly called the Bearded Axe or the Skeggöx (from Old Norse Skegg, beard + öx, axe), which was in vogue around the 6th century AD, a time period associated with Viking Age. The lower portion of an axe extends out like a beard, and hence the nomenclature. There are many variants of this design, in use by foresters, even today.

Our Bearded Viking Axe is HOT FORGED in 6150 Steel (equivalent grades- 735A51 50CrV4 50Cr4V2 EN47 6150 SUP10). It  has a Solid Bamboo hand! le (haft).

Bamboo has longer fiber and is said to be stronger than wood. Some of its mechanical properties are comparable with steel. Additionally, the species of bamboo that we use ( Dendrocalamus Strictus) is ALMOST FULLY SOLID, with a very small inter-nodal cavity.

Because of its unique anatomy, bamboo has the quality of absorbing the shock, much as a shock absorber, thus making it a better material for hafts and tool handles. In India, most farm tools have bamboo hafts/handles

Our Bearded Viking Axe head is made in 6150 Steel. (Analysis Carbon 0.48-0.53% Silicon 0.15-0.35%, Manganese 0.70-0.90% Phosphorous 0.040% max, Chromium 0.80-1.10% Sulphur 0.035% max, Vanadium 0.15% min)

MEASUREMENTS:
Overall: 24 inches
Weight: 1 kg head, 300 gram, self locking bamboo handle

20170221_114556-1

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Medieval Viking Bearded Axe with Bamboo Handle

Viking Axes and Weapons are considered collectors items, invoking reminiscences of the Viking age.

Vikings (In local vernacular- vikinger, vikingar, víkingar), were Nordic seafarers, primarily speaking the Old Norse language. They raided and traded across wide areas of Europe, during the late 8th to late 11th centuries.

One of their axes is popularly called the Bearded Axe or the Skeggöx (from Old Norse Skegg, beard + öx, axe), which was in vogue around the 6th century AD, a time period associated with Viking Age. The lower portion of an axe extends out like a beard, and hence the nomenclature. There are many variants of this design, in use by foresters, even today.

Our Bearded Viking Axe is HOT FORGED in 6150 Steel (equivalent grades- 735A51 50CrV4 50Cr4V2 EN47 6150 SUP10). It  has a Solid Bamboo hand! le (haft).

Bamboo has longer fiber and is said to be stronger than wood. Some of its mechanical properties are comparable with steel. Additionally, the species of bamboo that we use ( Dendrocalamus Strictus) is ALMOST FULLY SOLID, with a very small inter-nodal cavity.

Because of its unique anatomy, bamboo has the quality of absorbing the shock, much as a shock absorber, thus making it a better material for hafts and tool handles. In India, most farm tools have bamboo hafts/handles

Our Bearded Viking Axe head is made in 6150 Steel. (Analysis Carbon 0.48-0.53% Silicon 0.15-0.35%, Manganese 0.70-0.90% Phosphorous 0.040% max, Chromium 0.80-1.10% Sulphur 0.035% max, Vanadium 0.15% min)

MEASUREMENTS:
Overall: 24 inches
Weight: 1 kg head, 300 gram, self locking bamboo handle

20170221_114556-1

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