Woodworking has gotten me a lot of respect from my male co-workers. Sometimes I get small pieces of wood from them, because they know I want something with which to practice. Today was slightly different: bamboo! We surmised this was leftover piece from a bamboo flooring. I can’t really do anything with it but it is interesting I guess it’s all just laminated which makes sense because bamboo is so thin; it’s a monocot so it doesn’t have secondary growth; the vascular system is not in a ring, like tree rings, but rather is scattered throughout but there does seem to be somewhat of a pattern here. Monocots also has no cortex whereas dicots (like trees) have stele and cortex (which means they have tree rings)…. but that’s enough for the botany lesson. Basically, it’s a thick, giant grass.
However, the way it is arranged to create a bamboo flooring is so interesting. Here’s a cross section of the bamboo flooring. i never knew.