How to split bamboo stalks for fence battens

In frame number six, the top piece is the thicker of the two. It’s important to check carefully each time a section splits, and to turn the stalk over when proportion changes. Wear sturdy gloves.

Chinese chopping knife and rubber mallet.

bamboo unsplit
Place stalk with curve up and accurately draw horizontal line across end with marker exactly through center. (Not shown) This helps place the knife accurately.

bamboo start split 1
Tap knife with mallet to begin split.

bamboo start split 2
Beginning split must be centered. Tap knife through a couple of sections.

bamboo split
With curves up and down rather than sideways, they may be screwed flat to fence.

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