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<MC>Bamboo is emerging as a popular, and sustainable wood product in construction. Learn how to work with it — cut, pin, split, weave, tie, bend and join — at two upcoming workshops at Bamboo Sourcery in Sebastopol.

The first class on June24 will be all about working with bamboo and will include a demonstration and discussion about which varieties to select, as well as harvesting, treating, designing and working with it. There will be a particular emphasis on joinery.

The second class on June 29, "Bamboo Barrel Vault Day," will cover how to curve and tie bamboo into large half-pipe forms that can be used for trellises, chicken tractors or shade structures. This is a good way to make us of the many bamboo poles that may even be growing on your own property. Participants will learn about design, harvesting, lashing and splitting bamboo for projects ranging from kitchenware to habitable structures.

The classes will be taught by Darrel DeBoer of DeBoer Architects, president of the Northern California Chapter of the American Bamboo Society. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Cost is $75 per class.

Pre-registration is required. To register call 823-5866 or download a registration form at BambooSourcery.com.


<MC2>Learn all about the larval and nectar plants that attract butterflies during a free talk Sunday June 24 at Emerisa Gardens.

Julie West, a longtime member of the North America Butterfly Association and an experienced habitat gardener, will offer tips on how to invite butterflies into your garden. 10:30 a.m. 555 Irwin Lane, Santa Rosa. 525-9644 or retail@emerisa.com.

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