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The bamboo workshop

In order to guarantee quality products and a constant supply, Nipahut has invested in an 972 m2 workshop near Cebu, in the Philippines. It is located on a 2000 m2 site with raw material storage (for bamboo and nipa leaves), production stations and large assembly and storage areas for shipping.

We use pesticide-free, stirred treatment basins to protect the bamboo from any parasites. Our own dehumidifier guarantees the bamboo’s durability.

45 craftsmen and women cut, assemble and sand your bamboo huts in traditional ways.

The manufacturing stages

Bamboo and Palms

In Asia, bamboo is a widely-used plant for feeding, healing, warming, receptacles and building shelters. Bamboo effectively contributes to the fights against the greenhouse effect and erosion. On the island of Cebu, bamboo grows naturally in the wild. Harvesting it does not lead to deforestation and its annual regrowth is extremely fast. It is light to transport and its treatment requires little fossil energy resources. This plant has a mechanical strength equal to that of steel. Its wood is rot-proof and easily recyclable.

Harvesting is carried out on mature plants of over 3 years of age, preferably in the dry season so that the wood contains less sap. The bamboo lengths are then soaked to remove starch, residual parasites and to ensure their flexibility.

Nipa (or Nypa) palms grow abundantly in the surrounding mangroves. Only its leaves emerge from the water and yet it can reach a height of 9 meters. These long, thin leaves are used as thatching for the bamboo hut roofs.

Bamboo preparation

On arrival at the workshop, the bamboo is pelled-off and soaked for 10 days into a natural and traditional mixture.
We select bamboo culms of the right diameter and thickness according to the needed struc-tural pieces. They are then cut and machined to fit perfectly. For decoration, the naturally fibrous bamboo is split lengthwise into slats and strips. For pieces that require heated bending, softer green bamboo is used.

Each part is carefully sanded, assembled and the edges are rounded off.

Assembling and Roofing

To ensure both strength and good aesthetics, all structural parts are interlocked. Those that are under stress are then bolted together with stainless steel fastenings.
To ensure the wood’s long life, before varnishing, all parts are given a coat of invisible sanding filler. The two coats of high-performance, three-component finishing varnish are then applied.
The roof is handcrafted from Nipa palm leaves which grow abundantly in the surrounding marshes. Their long, thin, symmetric leaves are gently folded over the bamboo battens and thatched together. These slats are then tightly fastened to the roof structure to ensure that the roof is watertight.

Shipping & Assembly

Once your hut is fully assembled, our quality manager checks that all specifications have been fully adhered to.

The roof and structural elements are then numbered and dismantled before being carefully packed for shipment by boat from the Philippines to France, thus limiting their carbon foot-print (30g per km/ton in containers).

When the huts arrive in La Rochelle, they are again thoroughly inspected before being delivered to you.

Our team of technicians will install your bamboo hut in the ideal corner of your garden in a few hours.

Or you can follow the detailed assembly instructions provided!

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  • 23 Rue du Fief des Prises
  • contact@nipahut.fr
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