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Haiku Bamboo Nursery, North Carolina, USA

 
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Michael Komatsuzen
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PostPosted: 2012-04-23, 17:41    Post subject: Haiku Bamboo Nursery, North Carolina, USA Reply with quote

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I recently found, through the International Shakuhachi Society's website, a listing for a bamboo nursery in the U.S. (North Carolina) called Haiku Bamboo Nursery when I was searching for a source of madake here in the States. I wanted to give a nod to them here because both because of their quality bamboo, and good customer service.

I purchased three stalks of madake from them, one Japanese for $150, and two Taiwanese $35/ea. There were very friendly and service oriented. When the bamboo arrived and I saw those thick bamboo walls peering out of the top of the open box, I was delighted. Solid quality, for sure.

When I discovered that the Japanese stalk had cracked Bamboo Haiku Nursery replaced the pole with another of my choosing - vowing that in their 25 years experience that had not happened before. The crack is likely the result of the bamboo sitting in my local post office in this nearly desert climate, over a long weekend. In the end I came away satisfied though and I definitely intend to order bamboo from them again!

I have not yet delved into the bamboo yet, but from the look and feel of the Taiwanese madake, it is a very suitable and cheaper, suitable for the Japanese madake. From the sound of it they have a limited quantity of madake each year that is imported.
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PostPosted: 2012-04-25, 02:12    Post subject: Haiku Bamboo Nursery, North Carolina, USA Reply with quote

Hi Michael, I recently made a custom instrument for someone who had Haiku Nursery send me a piece of bamboo. I have never worked like this before but took a leap of faith. You only live once Wink

The piece that arrived was a 2.3 length, nice and dense like a bat. The bore was a bit wide for the length but I was able to do some Spot Tuning to bring out the balance between registers. We were both very happy in the end.



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PostPosted: 2012-04-25, 17:10    Post subject: Haiku Bamboo Nursery, North Carolina, USA Reply with quote

Hi Perry,
Yeah - the 2.3 length I have here is wide as well. The 2.4s I got are good, and the 2.7 is on the thin side (I think). I still haven't put holes in them.
I have found that the stock they have is oodles better than other suppliers that an amateur maker, such as I, has access to in the States. I should have made that distinction - I do not have the experience that Perry, and others have in making flutes, so take my recommendation with a grain of salt, as they say.
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PostPosted: 2012-04-25, 20:07    Post subject: Haiku Bamboo Nursery, North Carolina, USA Reply with quote

Great to know of a decent source for us amateurs.
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PostPosted: 2012-04-28, 02:56    Post subject: Haiku Bamboo Nursery, North Carolina, USA Reply with quote

I'm glad to see more people getting the word out about my friend Keiji Oshima. I've been using Keiji's bamboo since I moved to Western North Carolina. Keiji grows, harvests, and cures (aburanuki) all of his own bamboo on top of being a craftsman and artist. Him and his wife live just one town over from me in Hendersonville, North Carolina where they have been growing Japanese Madake (P. Bambusoides) and other Japanese bamboos like giant Moso for over 30 years. He is also the only person in The US to my knowledge who hand splits his bamboo for basket weaving. I've purchased two Japanese Madake root ends and I've made one which sounded great (2.7). I mostly buy his poles for making non-root end shakuhachi as I have plenty of root ends.

Here's me cutting a pole with Keiji at his bamboo pole warehouse. He's very open and welcoming to visitors.
Maybe you can spot your root ends in the background Michael or Perry Smile

He invited me to his bamboo grove/home to play and get a few poles and a root-end this past winter.
He had his house made out of reclaimed cedar and he has a traditional outdoor hot tub.
It's a mountain paradise. That's Japanese Madake in the background.

If anyone has a chance to meet him in person and visit his groves and warehouse you're in for a treat!
There's a great view of his Japanese Madake grove in the background.

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PostPosted: 2012-04-29, 22:11    Post subject: Haiku Bamboo Nursery, North Carolina, USA Reply with quote

Hey Michael,

Any chance you could post pictures of the bamboo you got?
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PostPosted: 2012-04-30, 23:28    Post subject: Haiku Bamboo Nursery, North Carolina, USA Reply with quote

Yuusui, If you ask them for images they will probably send you some. When I expressed interest in purchasing bamboo from them they sent me pictures of what they had in stock from which I was able to choose. That might be more expedient for you. Michael
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