How to Make Bamboo Tent Poles

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How to Make Bamboo Tent Poles
Cut bamboo to length with a knife to make tent poles. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Tent poles are typically supplied with a tent. Made of materials such as carbon fibre or aluminium, tent poles help hold the tent material upright. However, in situations when a quick or emergency shelter must be established, it becomes necessary to utilise the materials on hand for a tent pole. Bamboo is a versatile and useful natural material that is ideally suited for use as tent poles.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Knife
  • Limb

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  1. 1

    Measure the height of the bamboo that you will need to make a tent pole. Determine how tall the tent pole will need to be based on the amount of material available to make the tent and personal preference.

  2. 2

    Cut the bamboo with a knife. Place the knife blade against the bamboo. Strike the back of the blade with a piece of wood, such as a section of tree limb.

  3. 3

    Lay the bamboo on the ground. Remove small shoots and leaves from the bamboo with the knife.

  4. 4

    Trim the base and tip of the bamboo tent pole with the knife. Remove any sharp or jagged pieces of bamboo.

  5. 5

    Cut a notch on one side of the bamboo, 2 inches from the tip. Use the knife to form the notch that will be used to help hold small-diameter cord in place when setting up a tent.

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