Bamboo Joinery and our Outhouse

We spent all morning and most of the afternoon renovating the apprentices’ outhouse. While the old view was great, it didn’t leave much privacy, so we added a sink, some low walls, and some supports to add shear strength.

The main joinery technique we used was the fish mouth joint, where one drills or carves out a U-shaped end of a bamboo pole to fit at a right angle against a perpendicular pole. Guaduabamboo.com has a good video of the technique. We still have a few more hours left to finish up all the work, but we’re very pleased with how well the walls are coming along.


All photos © 2010 Dan Bloch

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