Welcome to Whispering Winds Bamboo Cooperative
In an effort to promote a culture of bamboo in Hawaii, we are enhancing the production, treatment and distribution of our bamboo poles into construction projects and as inspiration for artisans to join us in the exploration of it's many uses. Interest is growing on Maui and through a University of Hawai'i Maui College's "Building with Bamboo" lecture. For those interested in participating in this series promoted by the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui, contact: Melanie Stephens
The classes will be as follows:
• Day 1- 5 hours- Learning about the many uses of bamboo and how it is processed, and design strategies, culminating in a classroom project to design a structure for the SLIM garden
• Day 2- 5 hours- In the shop, learning the use of the tools and the joinery techniques and lashing to create a structure, and preparing the pieces for the buildout of the structure
• Day 3- 8 hours- In the SLIM garden to assemble the bamboo structure
The instructor, Rich von Wellsheim, is one of the foremost bamboo experts on the island. He is passionate about helping bamboo become a regular building material. You'll be learning from the best. Enrollment information:
Our 20 acre bamboo plantation is now the source for Hawai'i's most sustainable building material bamboo timber poles. After six relatively short years we are selling timber in 1 to 4 inch diameter sizes of various high-quality species, including the gorgeous black bamboos that maintain their dark color even after curing. Our timber poles are available for purchase on Maui at Kula Hardware & Nursery, and world-wide directly from our farm.
Our native restoration and exotic tropical timber plantings are also growing and maturing at astounding rates and we are even beginning to thin stands resulting in a small inventory of hardwood poles for sale.
We have expanded our plant nursery, where we cultivate 12 species of bamboo, to include dozens of tropical and exotic fruiting and flowering trees for sale. Click here for species list and call (808) 248-7561 for prices and current sales. Our staff will gladly answer questions or advise plant selection.
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