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bambusa oldhamii dendrocalamus strictus

working in the bamboo grove

Darrel DeBoer and Megan Groth

854 Allview Ave.
El Sobrante, CA 94803  USA

We are interested in having the text translated into numerous other languages. If you are interested in translating the book into your language, and we can find a distributor for your country, we would love to work together. Please contact us at for more information.

Electronic Copies
The book in pdf format is available for $15.  If you would like to purchase the book as a pdf, please send us an e-mail.

Students and Community
One of our primary goals in writing this book was to get this information to as many people as possible so that it can be put to good use. If you have a project that needs this information and you don’t have much funding, or if you are a student doing research about bamboo architecture, please contact us.


If you have corrections or suggestions for additions and improvements (like the cool bamboo structure you just built and think we should include in the next edition), please email us. We would like to publish as many works from as many parts of the world that we can.  Who knows, maybe we’ll send you a free book for all your hard work!

14 thoughts on “Contact Us

  1. I’d like to buy your book but there’s not a thing about the book on your entire website except “Buy a Copy”. There’s no table of contents and no indication as to how long the book is. PDF’s are fine… but if you want to use a book as a guide to building in the field, a hard copy is far more useful and practical.
    Finally, you can’t read the text on this page because much of it goes off the page and there is no way to scroll to read it.
    I hope the book reflects a little more attention to detail than this page as it’s impossible to read.

  2. Dear Sir and Madam
    We are going to set up some buildings structure for our Green Project, at Wono Salam , East Java. The area is located exactly next to the jungle in East Java. The buildings materials that we are going to use for our green buildings mostly are bamboo, woods, and stone especially for a buildings foundation, which easy to find at the area around the projects. The M and E we are going to use like sun panel system for the electrical power and recycling system for the toilet.
    Our Organization is based on the Community Development Program. I personally like to work with you to develop one of our program, like bamboo conservation and using it to increase economic for the people around the forest conservation. For this idea why don’t we start to have an architecture seminar or lecture regarding bamboo. I can arrange to have people to follow this session, besides I have good contact with ITS ( The architecture School in Surabaya) where I got my Master degree and other University in Indonesia.
    Let me know if you are interested with my idea, and for the translating your book I can organize to find a good translator in our indonesian language.


    Bagoes Soeprijono

  3. Hi
    I am a volunteer working in community development with people from Vanuatu in the Pacific. These people want to build strong houses to withstand the Pacific cyclones and their goal is generally to build a concrete foundation, concrete block walls and with an iron roof. Although this building will withstand the cyclone it is not the most suitable design for the tropics as it is extremely hot inside any building of these materials I am trying to convince them to use their local materials…ie BAMBOO! They do use it to build ‘local’ houses (that do not withstand cyclones) so my guess is it will be all right, but so far I have not had any success in determining what variety of bamboo grows in Vanuatu and if it is suitable for building stronger, longer lasting structures. Perhaps the main issue is getting a suitable building design.I am amazed at some the beautiful structures you have illustrated on the website. My people generally only want a simple 2 or 3 roomed structure. I would appreciate any help or advice you are able to offer. Many thanks.

    • Glenyce,
      If the bamboo is yellow with green stripes, it’s probably not a great one to work with (Bambusa vulgaris ‘vittata’). Otherwise, most varieties will do fine. The bolted and filled joint is pretty forgiving, and literally hundreds of times stronger than traditional lashing or pinning. It would work for cyclones – as long as you do enough triangulation. I agree about the concrete buildings being ovens to live in. They need insulation but people mistakenly think that insulation is only to keep buildings warm in cold climates.

  4. Hey guys,

    Just wondering what kind of bamboo you would recommend to grow in NSW, Australia for building purposes?

    Love and Light


  5. Hi, Im trying to order a hard copy, but when i click the buy now button, it gives me the option to get the pdf. would love a hand.
    also I live in Australia, any idea how much shipping would be?
    thanks a lot
    jeremy 🙂

  6. Aloha,
    My name is Alice and I have an organic farm on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Although I’m currently producing fruits and vegetables, I’ve always had a long-term objective in somehow using this land to educate and promote sustainable living, and with a background in architecture in college, I’ve been particularly interested in natural building. I see myself as a life-long learner, and am wondering if you are having any more workshops. Perhaps you’d be interested in coming to Hawaii to do a workshop? Thank you. Best regards.

    • Alice, it now looks like I will be teaching a workshop the weekend of President’s Day 2015 on the Big Island, Hawai’i. Maybe we can do something on Oahu just before or after.

  7. I am looking for 20′ bamboo slats around the San Francisco Bay area, any ideas on where I may be able to find these?

  8. Hello,

    My name is Austin Drill, and I am the co-founder of Casa de Tierra, a natural building team based out of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

    We have spent the last six years practicing structurally-effective, economically-efficient and environmentally-sustainable building methods to create homes, schools and community projects in Nicaragua. We have primarily been using earth (earth-bags, cob, compressed earth blocks, etc.), but are now moving into the realm of bamboo.

    We have studied bamboo for the past few years, but would like to know more, and have some very specific questions.

    Would you, or a bamboo expert in your network, be interested in speaking with us? We would of course pay for your consulting time.

    I also tried buying a hard copy of your book but was unable to do so.

    All best,

    Austin Drill
    US Cell: 917-992-6854
    Nicaragua Cell: 011-505-8-460-6331

    • Austin, Call me any time. 510-290-3669

      We’re still having a hard time keeping the hard copy of the book in stock, but the pdf’s are a possibility.

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