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Bamboo

From Plant to Plank

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At auster we have developed Moso-tek, an ultra high performance treated bamboo material.Moso-tek provides the durability and beauty of solid hardwood without the ecological impact of harvesting trees.

We begin with moso bamboo, one of the planet's largest and fastest-growing bamboo species. In a mere five years, moso bamboo reaches maturity, a stark contrast to traditional hardwoods that can take decades to achieve the same feat.

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‌What sets bamboo apart is the responsible approach to its cultivation. We only harvest the shoots, leaving its root structure intact, thereby safeguarding the forest ecosystem for the future. Bamboo doesn’t just provide the raw materials for Moso-tek, it also excels as a carbon sink, and releases 35% more oxygen than trees.

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‌Each bamboo culm is meticulously hand-cut by local farmers, ensuring quality and sustainability. This conscientious material selection process preserves native bamboo forests, allowing the root system to thrive and produce new shoots the following year.

Unlike the timber lumber industry, we refrain from employing the destructive clear-cutting method. Moso bamboo, capable of growing up to an astonishing thirty-six inches in a single day, swiftly regenerates itself after being harvested.

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‌The transformation of bamboo into furniture begins with the conversion of raw bamboo material into solid Moso-tek planks.

Through a process involving pressure, steam, and heat, bamboo stalks  are turned into a workable material that is harder and more durable than red oak. The heating process lets us control color through caramelization of sugars in the raw bamboo.

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‌We carefully select and arrange dried bamboo strips to achieve the desired grain and end conditions in the final product.

These strips are then layered and treated using our proprietary processes to attain the specific material properties, including color, grain, strength, and durability, that we wish to see in the finished piece. Each Moso-tek plank is designed from the grain up to be perfectly suited to the component it will become.

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