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for many. And, of course, all manner of fishing poles are bamboo. An entire article could be devoted to bamboo boats. Simple tied-together rafts of all sizes are common transportation in tropical and subtropical regions. Bowlshaped boats made from woven bamboo str ips and coated w it h pitch are sturdy enough to hold hundreds of pounds of product headed to market. Lest you think bamboo is a staple product prevalent only in less developed regions, consider that one of the highest quality and best looking interior f looring products is now bamboo. Bamboo has also become popular as an attractive and very durable product for ex-

terior decking. Bamboo f looring and decking are said to be three times harder than oak. Carpenters report that the product is brutal on saw blades, wearing them prematurely. From dirt-f loor huts to million-dollar mansions, bamboo f loor s, c u r t a i ns, shade s, mat s, carpet, fans, decorative items, and yes, even clothes, can be found. Cloth woven from bamboo is luxuriously soft and pliable. I am not sure which of the 1,450 species of bamboo was used to make my childhood fishing pole. I am not sure where my pole was grown. Bamboo grows in a variety of climates, from cold mountains to hot tropical regions. Imagine a wide belt that reaches

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