Bamboo is classified as a member of the grass family. which is imported mainly from Asia. Bamboo is also the fastest-growing plant in the world. The hollow stems of some bamboo shoots can grow up to 40 centimeters per day and reach a height of 35 to 40 meters when fully grown. In addition, it regenerates from the root, which means the plant does not die when the bamboo is harvested.
Although raw bamboo must be shipped from overseas, it is often touted as a "green" sustainable material. But it takes a lot of processing to make wood products suitable for furniture manufacturing and other uses. Bamboo culms are segmented, thin-walled hollow tubes. They must be cut into strips under high pressure using an adhesive and laminated into plates, panels, and veneers.
Bamboo is very easy to work with ordinary woodworking tools, although it tends to split a bit when cutting grain. In addition, bamboo is naturally moisture-proof. This feature makes it ideal for items such as cutting boards and countertops.
Red oak has long been the hardwood of choice for furniture making, flooring, and countless other uses in the United States. But a recent surge in popularity has given bamboo a firm foothold in the market. As you can see on the right, many of the features that have long made oak a favorite among artisans and consumers have been replaced (and in some cases, surpassed) by bamboo.Given the fact that it can be harvested in as little as seven years without harming the plant, bamboo seems too good to be true. But like any product, bamboo has its drawbacks.
Attention！ Lower grades of bamboo may be prone to dents and scratches. In addition, potentially toxic chemicals can be added to bamboo imported from some countries during the processing stage. Therefore, the reliability of the manufacturer should be a consideration when choosing a product.