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Reply #10 - Jun 20th, 2019 at 11:12am

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AK...you probably could split those individual stick for thinner bamboo strips for various uses as well.  I've done this with the bamboo skewers for shish kabobs you can get at the Super Market.  Thanks for this source!
 

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Reply #9 - Jun 20th, 2019 at 10:58am

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These bamboo placemats come from Amazon. The reeds are approx 1/16 x 3/32 and are oval shaped. The 1/16 side bends easier than the 3/32, soaking or heat should work. I'm going to try these out for wingtips. There are enough reeds to last forever!!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0021Y69HG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o00_s00?...
 

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Reply #8 - Oct 17th, 2018 at 5:53pm

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I believe that the initial idea was for wingtips and the like. As the comments on the download page said, don't expect that many will start out straight. That is also the case for the coffee stirrer sticks that I mentioned. Only a few were really straight. But I assume that they can be steamed straight.
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Reply #7 - Oct 17th, 2018 at 4:39pm

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Nice find and I'm sure they could be stripped to make stringers, but I'm afraid they would be much heavier than the balsa stringer of similar size.  You could weigh them to compare.
 

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Reply #6 - Oct 17th, 2018 at 3:10pm

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I found this at Amazon and wonder if these strips can be cut into stringers.

https://www.amazon.com/DYWISHKEY-Natural-Bamboo-Sticks-Wooden/dp/B0739LZQWL/ref=...
 
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Reply #5 - Oct 17th, 2018 at 12:17pm

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Bamboo is very hard. You can 'split' it with a heavy craft razor blade, or an Xacto knife, but it does not split 'square' because it doesn't have the same kind of 'grain' as our usual modelling wood does. Bamboo skewers are cheap, try some and you will see what I mean. You will have to split roughly to size and then sand to shape. But you will have to change the sandpaper out often because bamboo is very hard on sandpaper. It might be easier to split flat stock, which is why I mentioned the bamboo coffee stirrers. They are only 5 1/2 inches long, but that might be enough for wing tips.
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Reply #4 - Oct 17th, 2018 at 9:34am

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I have some bamboo skewers, round and about 1/8" in diameter. Also found on-line some bamboo sticks that are 15" long and about 1/16" thick.

How would you strip these to get something thinner?
 
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Reply #3 - Oct 16th, 2018 at 5:53pm

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Alfakilo... here's the link Mike referred to: Click Here

For bamboo I use skewers in the bulk packages for shish-ke-babs at the super market.  They split off easily for strips to be molded.  Another source is bamboo placemats that you can rob the bamboo from...just don't take the wife's placemats...not good to do this!!!! Don't ask how I know! Embarrassed Cry Roll Eyes
 

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Reply #2 - Oct 16th, 2018 at 2:17pm

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Alf - Tom turned me on to solid reeding in 1-1/2 mm and comes in rolls big enough to give a lifetime supply. I found mine on Amazon and it's called Commonwealth Round Reeding and the 1-1/2 mm is very close to 1/16. It also works well with soaking and/or boiling and can be formed like balsa. I would give you a link but my tablet is not cooperating just now and I am also in Canada so would not do you much good anyway.
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Reply #1 - Oct 16th, 2018 at 9:45am

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  You could try fly-fishing shops since good bamboo is used in cane rods. Or you could pick up some bamboo coffee stirrers from the dollar store and strip and sand to shape.
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Oct 16th, 2018 at 9:11am

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I can't find a source for bamboo strips used in the old plans for wingtips, etc. Is there a source or workaround?
 
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