DIY Bamboo or Stick Fence

Bamboo + Electrical Wire = Pretty Garden Fence.

This bamboo fence, in Kalopani, Nepal, is one of my favorite garden fences I’ve come across while traveling. It’s a simple construction of bamboo sticks and woven electrical cord to hold the whole structure together. Here, people use what they have at hand to create beauty in an unforgiving alpine environment at 7,500 feet.

The electrical wire serves to hold the fence together.

Several 1-foot-high sticks are placed vertically in the ground about 5 inches apart and a long bamboo stick is split down the middle and placed horizontally across the vertical sticks, all woven together by an old electrical cord tied and knotted at the corner of the fence.

The horizontal piece is split in half.

It’s a simple construction and quite attractive for a high altitude flower garden at the base of Dhaulagiri, the world’s 7th highest mountain.

IMG_6524 © Liesl Clark

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What have you used for fencing?

7 thoughts on “DIY Bamboo or Stick Fence

  1. Loving this idea! Aren’t they ingenious?! Sadly I don’t need a fence, as I don’t have a garden to speak of – well its shared with neighbours actually, but I’m sure something smaller could be constructed to cordon off an area…hmmmm… Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  2. Really enjoyed reading your article. Really reminds me of how much society has slipped of its original path. Where did we loose focus? Every time when I travel and I discover DIY options, I get really excited. Growing up in a Communist country, we made use of everything, as we didn’t have much to begin with… Over the past 20 years, I have become part of this hamster wheel mentality chasing stuff…. luckily I have stepped off early enough to find my way back to my roots… fermenting and making lots on my own… Its actually so much more rewarding to make use of things we already have instead of running out to buy something new… Thanks for writing this article and sharing your experience.

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    • Thanks so much for your comment! I couldn’t have said it better. It’s precisely this hamster wheel that I’m trying to get off, too. I want to be able to see everything as a resource, not something to be trashed. There’s beauty in everything and I believe so much of what we call waste can actually have a use. Our landfills are being filled with perfectly usable things because of our throwaway mentality, and our environment is suffering, as a result. We’re so out of touch with all of the materials we have in our lives.

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