Christmas brings lots of things - but not it appears, good television.
Over Christmas I got increasingly bored and found my mind wandering in all sorts of directions. One of these was to the Tonkin Cane culms I have in the workshop, which I periodically use to construct longbows, although it is more generally used by people for building split cane bamboo fly rods.
Now I know different individuals and companies have experimented with bamboo tops, backs, sides etc, largely unsuccessfully, but what about for bracing?
I was considering experimenting with a Gilbert T-brace, which got me thinking, if one of the ideals is to make bracing from materials that are strong but light (i.e. high Young's Modulus) then could Tonkin Cane be an option here as it has a modulus of elasticity of at least double you average spruce? Smallman et al use Carbon fibre to go strong and light, but the strength of good Tonkin isn't far off carbon, and way better than spruces or cedars, and yet still a natural material.
Anyone tried? Anyone think it is a particularly bad idea? Have I drunk to much Christmas sherry?