Building A Bamboo Bird House
By Jeslynn Hong | September 26, 2022 | Design -
Follow the journey of crafting a bamboo bird house from scratch in just 4 days during the Bamboo U Build and Design Course.
During the 11 Day Bamboo Build and Design Course in Bali we dedicate the second part of the course for students to either immerse in a full-scale bamboo structure or to work with master carpenters and a resident designer to fulfill a prototype for a small-scale bamboo object or furniture piece. In so doing, it is our aim that working hands-on with bamboo will give students a deeper understanding of bamboo as a building material.
Last July 2022 Jeslynn joined us from Malaysia to immerse in bamboo education and building for 2 weeks. In the second part of the course, she worked on a design for a bamboo bird house for a Bali starling rehabilitation sanctuary based in Besikalung, Bali.
Design Idea, Concept and Inspiration
The idea of building a birdhouse came about when I was traveling in Bali and I was on a journey to collaborate with a wildlife foundation, FNFP which is also working with the rehabilitation of a critically endangered songbird. As I was about to take on the bamboo course with Bamboo U, I wanted to use this opportunity to create something out of bamboo that can be potentially beneficial to help out in the area of conservation. Thus, the birth of the birdhouse idea.
Inspired by nature, the form of the birdhouse was derived from the form of a morning dew drop, representing a drop of hope. The aim of the project was also meant to inspire more locals to create their own birdhouses instead of using bird cages in their homes to keep birds as pets (one of the many reasons why the number of wild songbirds is declining in Bali). With the knowledge I have developed from the Bamboo U course and the help of the carpenters on site, this project was also a great exploration of what bamboo can offer in the field of conservation in the future.
Crafting The Bird House
The materials used included bamboo bono, laminated Gigantochloa apus splits and pins, Bambusa blumeana, and Phyllostachys aurea. The main form of the dew shape was created by laminating splits together using epoxy glue and sawdust. As the birdhouse will be used mainly in an outdoor setting where the structure will be exposed to rain and sun, the exterior of the birdhouse is crucial to prevent water from entering the birdhouse. Hence, the horizontal exterior claddings were created with splits, glue, and sawdust. The front and back panels were created also using laminated splits that were cut to shape using a jigsaw. Lastly, the final structure was varnished using linseed oil, a natural organic which is not hazardous to the birds.
A creative designer and a wildlife photographer with a passion for green design and eco-build. She is currently on a mission to travel the world to document endangered wildlife by giving them the voice through photography.
October 20-31, 2023
The 11 Day Bamboo Build & Design Course in Bali
In 11 days, we'll show you how to build bamboo structures we’ll share all that it takes to build with nature.