April 10-14th 5 Day Build A Bamboo String Instrument


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Make your very own bamboo string instrument.

Are you a passionate musician who is excited about bamboo? Learn about the material’s potential and limitations, visit IBUKU’s processing factory, discover Green Village and build your own string instrument with Indonesian musician, bamboo instrument builder and TEDx speaker Rizal Abdulhadi, assisted by our talented team of carpenters.

Choose which instrument you would like to create!

  • Regular guitar
  • Lap steel guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Ukulele 

*All electric.


  • Engaging with designers and carpenters about the potentials and limitations of bamboo
  • Learn about the string musical science behind freatboards
  • Hands-on experience building a bamboo instrument
  • Approach to sustainable production methods
  • General bamboo engineering principles
  • The art of traditional bamboo carpentry


Bamboo Instrument Making

Bamboo is well known for being a sustainable material and can be used to make many things. Having grown-up in Indonesia, Rizal has developed an expertise on how to use bamboo to create daily life objects but most important, his own music instruments. When it comes to string instruments, he uses the material’s abundance and properties to make low-cost and lightweight pieces which are easily transportable, and he has addressed the limited chest-volume it allows by making his instruments electric. Learn about about the musical science behind freatboards and how the properties of the fibrous and living material affect the way you’ll play.

Traditional Carpentry

The Balinese people have been using bamboo for thousands of years. Their traditional bamboo knowledge runs deep, and is an important part of how we build with bamboo. During the course, our local carpenters will engage with you to share their wealth of bamboo experience and knowledge to help manifest any design intent you may have.

Bamboo Factory Tour

To understand bamboo you have to understand the supply chain. We source our bamboo from local farmer collectives in Bali and Java, but all the treatment, processing and furniture production happens in our factory. You will receive a uniquely tailored tour of Ibuku’s factory to understand the fundamental steps required for treatment before site delivery and bamboo furniture construction.

Discover Kul Kul Farm

Sustainability is about more than just bamboo!  The Kul Kul Farm – original crib of Bamboo U – is an educational permaculture site. You’ll eat fresh food from the farm during Bamboo U and you’ll get a chance to tour our permaculture systems onsite.


Leave with your very own Electric Bamboo String Instrument

“Creating your own instrument will ultimately bring your soul into the music that you play”.

By the end of the course, you will leave with your own bamboo instrument, ready to travel in a soft case (included), and ready to vibrate! You will receive all the knowledge it takes to replicate the process and certainly inspire you to consider alternative and sustainable materials to create more instruments…

Design for Sustainability

Whether you are an experienced professional, or just taking your first steps in the design field, you will receive insights on how to integrate  sustainability into your own practice. Stepping out of your familiar environment, engaging hands on with a natural material, and learning alongside people from different cultures will allow you to step back and look at the bigger picture of what sustainable design really is. You may need to unlearn a thing or two in order to adopt a new perspective.

Connect with an international network

As the bamboo movement expands around the World, so is our bamboo family. Bamboo U gathers a diverse group of international participants and facilitators from various backgrounds. Join the Bamboo U family and follow the journeys of other members across the globe!


The workshop is open to ages 18+, no only tailored for people studying or working in the fields of design, architecture, engineering, construction, or carpentry but anyone inspired by bamboo!

Bamboo String Instruments

Make your own design


Rizal Abdulhadi

A uniquely talented multi-instrumentalist, folk singer, songwriter, instrument builder and social activist from West Java, Indonesia. He dedicates his music and career towards creating real social change and promoting creativity; both in Indonesia and globally.

Rizal harnessed his knowledge of Bamboo material to develop his unique and innovative bamboo instruments. He creates a unique style of folk music by combining ballads, rock, reggae and blues with eclectic ethnic rhythms.

He was invited to be a guest speaker and performer to TEDx Ubud. The video of his performance was selected as a TED Talks Global Editor’s Pick and also featured as one of three “Weird and Wonderful TEDx Musical Performances” from TEDx conferences internationally.



The course fee includes accommodation and food on the Kul Kul Farm. Accommodations are the charming and rustic bamboo yurts. Include composting toilets and outdoor showers. 

Check in and registration are at 8am on the first day of the course.

The Bamboo Yurts at Kul Kul Farm

The Bamboo Yurts at Kul Kul Farm


Upon booking you will receive a course booklet including a packing list and all you need to know before joining Bamboo U. Please be aware that the course is a full time 5 day course. The days begin at 8am and end on some evenings at 8pm.

For more information about this course kindly contact us via email at marketing@bamboou.com

April 10-14th 5 Day Build A Bamboo String Instrument



Private yurt

(Your own private bedroom, twin size bed)
*Couples can add second bed