1 Split bamboo

Macsrods are never sawn . Sawing cuts through the natural strength of the power fibers ( the grain of bamboo).

This picture shows the circles or end of the power fibers, see how they are compacted to the bottom ( outside or enamel side) of the strip. The top or soft pith is removed in the planning process.











In these pictures I am using a large butchers knife to split the half into quarters












Eventually the strips are small enough to pull them in 1/4 inch or smaller strips by hand. Note the leather glove is protecting my hand from cuts and splinters.














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