Bamboo Hang Gliders
arts, science, craft, history, commentary
This folder of files, essays, and comments is an evolving adventure.
We await for there to be an online group to be formed with a dedication to
bamboo hang glider building and flying.
Brett Snellgrove comments re: bamboo in gliders
Santos-Dumont visited bamboo for his pioneering aircraft. Bamboo was
revisited by Richard Miller in the Bamboo Butterfly hang glider. Highly expert
use of bamboo may yet find niche uses in contemporary hang gliding. The variety
of bamboo is great; crafty care for vital part making and maintenance can be
part of a fine hang-glider-making hobby.
Flying within the safety zone of a
finished hang glider remains important. One need not enter the quick, dirty,
untested, poorly-engineered world; rather, methodical test-saturated
constructing may bring some people a genuine safe bamboo hang glider hobby
Your bamboo ideas are welcome to Lift.
Prentice hybrid framed, but string triangle control frame: 1960: bamboo framed:
see LIFT online magazine for drawings and notes. Replication project is being
considered by at least one person (will report).
American Bamboo Society
Design Bamboo Bike
- 1000 things made of
- World Bamboo
- Join group free first, then see files:
- Funnies ought not discourage:
Funny Four-Hour Project
Bamboo Hang Glider Society ???
Bamboo-only fly-ins ???
World Bamboo Hang Glider Society ???
USBHGA ??? CBHGA ??? JBHGA ??? VBHGA ???
Each nation's .... ???
Inspection? Forming composites with bamboo? Partial hang glider
systems? Care? Storage? Sealing? Wraps? Compositing wraps? Laminations?
Butterfly by and shown flying: Richard Miller, photographed by George Uveges
of Santa Monica, CA (now in his second-half of his eighties and still active) at
Dockweiler in early 1960s. The image from a slide became part of the Bat
Glider plans published by Jim Foreman with permission by Richard and
George. A similar craft Batso following this lead was built by
Taras Kiceniuk, Jr. and team and flown in Los Angeles, California, and in
Livermore, California at self-soar meets. The bamboo choice and use was
rough-and-fast. What might be done with high-level bamboo engineering?
http://www.bamboo-t-shirt.com/advantages.html Claims a
special quality of bamboo. "bamboo kun". Antibacterial.
- LIFE Magazine bamboo gliders
Large set of mixed
"bamboo that has been smoked to kill insects inside
Experimental Soaring Association
American Bamboo Society
Southern California Chapter of the American Bamboo Society
Bamboo and Tikis (San Diego)
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. (wood products)(Corona, CA.)
Specialized Balsa Wood
Chuck Bassett Fine Balsa Wood Surfboards
- Consider the one-element hang glider; all parts are made of the same
one element. Graphene comes to mind: carbon. And have the carbon come
- Cut time
- Drying tactics
- Measuring moisture content of bamboo
during a drying process
- What does de-watering do to the
qualities of bamboo wanted for hang glider building?
- What kind of radiations might one use to
obtain certain results? Consider the radiation used in the irradiation
of foodstuffs. Source of the radiation? Cost? Controls?
- Storing bamboo during each use stage
- Humidity affects
- Light affects
- Explore the advanced water-repellent
surfaces that have been recently found.
- Lashing tactics
Modification of bamboo surface by irradiation of ion
- Could a sail be made from bamboo fibers?
- Fungus killing
- Heat treatment
- Age of a parts
- Vascular bundles
- Parenchyma lignin
- Materials engineering
- Bamboo textiles
- Bamboo sails?
- BHG clubs?
- BHG meets?
- BHG society?
- BHG safety
- ? send ideas...