Design and Build with Bamboo - Construction and Joinery

Experience hosted by Natalie

  1. 5 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

This will be a fun workshop designed to help you understand the basic properties of bamboo and how to work with this versatile material. Three aspects of bamboo construction will be demonstrated.

We will start with a site safety induction, after fuelling ourselves with fresh coconut water and local snacks, and share our experience of building with bamboo - giving you an overview of the design of our bamboo building (which is based on a traditional rice barn/Lumbung) while taking a look around our bamboo house and discuss the cultural/environmental relevance of making bamboo an attractive and affordable material to 70+% of the world population.

We will begin our practical session learning basic knife tool techniques. We will then cut and split bamboo and learn about: Doweling for bamboo joinery; Carpentry techniques for shaping and joining bamboo; and, Principles for supporting bamboo structurally (pillars, flooring & roofing). After a light refreshment we will reflect on the day and make design models of a building we would like to build... At the end of our session we will take all our bamboo shavings and offcuts to the kitchen and stoke up our cob rocket-oven... to make pizza!

Other things to note:
Children are welcome to participate if supervised by an adult. Our workspace is inclusive of all abilities. At present we do not have wheelchair access to the main workshop.
This will be a fun workshop designed to help you understand the basic properties of bamboo and how to work with this versatile material. Three aspects of bamboo construction will be demonstrated.

We will start with a site safety induction, after fuelling ourselves with fresh coconut water and local snacks, and share our experience of building with bamboo - giving you an overview of the design of our bamboo building (which is based on a…

What's included

  • Food
    Balinese snacks and Fresh Coconut water. (Please let us know your dietary r...
  • Drinks
    Bali coffee and coconut water.
  • Equipment
    We provide all tools and safety equipment.

Accessibility

Mobility / physical

Mainly flat or leveled ground

Audio and visual

Sign language
Deaf aware

Meet your Host, Natalie

Host on Airbnb since 2010
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I am an Australian mother building an inclusive community project for my 20 year old special-needs daughter and local "Kids" with disabilities in Bali. I am connecting with other families to enable shared support, skills, time and creative contribution and to develop a supportive network.

I am passionate about ECO-FRIENDLY building and community design - having studied Social Science - Environmental Studies at University and have been learning about building with bamboo for the last 3 years from local master-craftsmen. I am working to complete the building of this bamboo house as a therapy play-space which will enable my daughter and her friends in Bali to have quality-of-life and connection with others in a safe community environment, while integrating therapy and play to make fun activities based around recycling and natural building.
I am an Australian mother building an inclusive community project for my 20 year old special-needs daughter and local "Kids" with disabilities in Bali. I am connecting with other families to enable shared support, skills, time and creative contribution and to develop a supportive network.

I am passionate about ECO-FRIENDLY building and community design - having studied Social Science - Environmental Studies at University and have been learning about building with bamboo for the last 3…
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From $39/ person

$39 per person
$39 per person
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Where you'll be

Our workshop is hosted at "Freyr's Bamboo Sky-Kubu" located in the midst of the buzzing local neighbourhood of West Denpasar 15-20 minutes from Seminyak and Double Six Beach; 30 min from Kuta 45 min from Canggu. Made nearly entirely from bamboo and pioneering Urban Bamboo Design and Zero-Waste Living systems suited to tropical/sub-tropical climates, you will experience an urban space combining modern design and traditional building techniques.

2 reviews

Anna
February 2021
Was an amazing experience. I didn't know much about architecture before, and that was truly amazing to build a miniature of an authentic Indonesian house. Now I know how it works :) Great people! Kind, polite, knowledgable and also very interesting personalities. One of the most unusual master classes I have lately had. Recommend it a lot!
Tianqi
March 2020
One of the best airbnb experiences I have tried in Bali. It's amazing to learn how the bamboo house was constructed and built on a small piece of land in a dense area of Denpasar city and it makes you wonder how much more fun it would be if all buildings could carry more creativities. For the hands-on session I made a spoon out of wood. If you are someone like me who doesn't DIY much then I'm sure the process of making/creating something from the scrach will bring you unexpected joy like I had experienced. Depending on your working speed, you may get more than one piece done but I'm happy with just making a very special bamboo spoon for my friend. Natalie is a fantastic host and the experience is like doing DIY at a friend's house. She is always there to help you if you are stuck along the way but generally she will let you to enjoy the whole process yourself. Even though spent more than the stipulated hours to finish my design but she didn't rush me at all. Also I met Freyr as well who is a lovely girl with a great taste in music! I enjoyed the experience from the beginning to the end. There are so many things you can learn from Natalie and Freyr so go and visit and have a wonderful time playing with bamboo:)

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 8 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.