Archive for March 2008 | Monthly archive page

Wildflowers are blooming in profusion, and the bamboo shoots are bolting upwards. It’s only the first week of spring, but here at Bambu Batu we can feel the change in the air.

We rang in the new season with a short adventure up to Pinnacles National Monument, roughly 2.5 hours north of San Luis Obispo, 20 minutes northeast of King City. In other words, it’s pretty much the middle of nowhere, which means perfect conditions for rare wildlife, including several species of bats and the endangered California Condor.

Always at the cutting edge of sustainable natural materials, Bambu Batu is delighted to announce the arrival of solid, Greenington Bamboo Furniture.

Always at the cutting edge of sustainable natural materials, Bambu Batu is delighted to announce the arrival of solid, stunning Greenington Bamboo Furniture.

This is bamboo furniture like you’ve never seen before, nothing like the traditional rustic furniture fashioned from hollow poles strapped together. Just like the bamboo flooring and cutting boards, these pieces use layers of compressed bamboo to maximize the plant’s natural strength and resilience. The result is an incredibly smooth, dense wood, harder than oak, with a stunningly attractive grain.

Come in today and see for yourself the future of bamboo, sleek and modern designs from the world’s fastest growing plant. Or visit Greenington online to view their complete catalog.

While on tour through Arizona last week (see the “Refreshing” entry below), we put our Bamboo Sporks to the test. Not surprisingly, they passed with flying colors. No need for plastic utensils at our road side picnics. Everything edible, from granola in the morning to thai noodles in the evening, with one handy spork.

Come in and check them out for yourself, or order them online

Because there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, we took a few days away from Bambu Batu last week to explore the scenery of neighboring Arizona. Last Friday, as we charged from the California Coast to Kingman, AZ, the Grand Canyon area was buried by its biggest snowfall in years. The next day, we drove into Flagstaff with clear blue skies and a thick blanket of fresh powder covering everything. Much of Arizona sits on the Colorado Plateau, at around 7000 ft. altitude, so snow is common there, but this was an unusually heavy fall. About an hour south of the Grand Canyon, the world’s largest contiguous stand of Ponderosa Pines surrounds Flagstaff, AZ, and for the 3 days we spent there, it was the quintessential winter wonderland. Meanwhile, the Grand Canyon, ordinarily swamped with visitors from around the globe, glistened in icy silence. A dearth of tourists at each overlook and on every trail punctuated the vast scope of the canyon itself. Starved as we were for snow, not having seen a single flake since my expulsion from Germany in March 2004, we reveled in it, building snow men and pummeling each other with snow balls. But as the snow melts and the wild flowers open, so the season of our adventure came to a close, and we trekked across the Mojave through Quartzsite and past the windmills of Palm Springs, back to our little parcel of paradise in Grover Beach.