Using a great resource

16:00, Feb 10 2014
Mark Mortimer
BESPOKE BAMBOO: Designer Mark Mortimer makes made to order items out of hardy, versatile bamboo.

Artisan Mark Mortimer wants people to know there's a "wonderful resource" right in their backyards - bamboo.

Mr Mortimer has been working with the giant grass for 17 years, crafting everything from lamp shades to coffee tables.

He even provided props for the New Zealand-filmed Tom Cruise movie, The Last Samurai.

Thanks to a plentiful supply of garden owners wanting the plant removed, Mr Mortimer won't run out of supplies very soon.

But the award-winning designer, who got his start in Buenos Aires, says people should make use of the versatile, non-native species.

"Instead of moaning about it, use it," he says.


Mr Mortimer is taking part in a demonstration at the NZ Bamboo Society annual meeting, showing people how to manage and make the most of bamboo.

With more than 100 species of the plant growing in Auckland, "there's a bamboo for every aspect of your garden," he says.

Gold coin admission, 9.30am, February 22, Western Hall, 38 Portage Rd, New Lynn.

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