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The Beauty of Bamboo

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Join us for a day learning from a skilled designer and craftsperson.

Mark Mortimer (Bambusero) transforms humble bamboo into beautiful, functional creations for both indoor and outdoor applications. His work is in demand and has featured in a number of high profile spaces.

The Beauty of Bamboo

Bamboo is not only versatile, it is great for the climate. On average, one hectare of bamboo can absorb 17 tonnes of carbon per year. Learn to turn bamboo (sometimes considered a 'weed') into an affordable and useful creation!

In this workshop you will learn all about bamboo, the best tools to use and some basic techniques and skills. After the indoor seminar we will be building a feature fence on our food forest boundary.


10-11.15am  Powerpoint presentation: Understanding bamboo; harvesting best practice; 
cultivars and their creative design applications/uses. 

15min  Tea/coffee break 

11.30am  Practical session: site considerations; design decisions; 
H&S; tools; learning bamboo handling techniques; have a go splitting and sawing. 

12.30pm  Lunch

1-3pm  Fence construction and organic design.
Have a go weaving an insitu bamboo fence.


  • Bamboo can cut! Please bring and wear gloves, covered shoes, safety glasses. 
  • A hat/raincoat.
  • BYO lunch and water bottle. Tea/coffee provided.
  • Masks required indoors and when working in close proximity with others.
  • **Attendee numbers limited to 15.


Mark Mortimer is an Auckland-based designer who has has worked with bamboo and other natural materials for the past twenty years. He learnt the ropes in Argentina working with true craftsmen, helping to instil a keen eye for detail and finish.

Using locally sourced materials wherever he can, Mark fashions bamboo into any number of different objects from outdoor elements to custom furniture. His approach draws heavily on a three-dimensional design background. 

His work has featured in commercial spaces including Auckland Zoo, East West Yoga, Tokyo Club, Soto, GPK and Chuan Spa at the Langham to name a few. 

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