Bamboo canes are decorative parts of landscape, and their tall height and lush foliage provide privacy. Cut bamboo canes are sturdy building materials used to make a variety of furniture items. Before they are used to construct furniture, however, they must be treated. Treating raw bamboo involves drying it to remove all of its moisture. Bamboo is ready for use when it is no longer green, which is a characteristic of raw bamboo.
Locate an outdoor area that is in full shade and has air circulation. Place wooden saw horses in that area, spacing them at least 4 to 5 feet apart and ensuring that the ground under them is perfectly level.
Lay the raw bamboo canes on top of the saw horses. Leave at least 1/4 to 1/2 inch of space between the canes to allow air to circulate.
Wrap a piece of thin, galvanized wire around the end of each bamboo cane, and twist the wire's ends together to hold the wire in place. The wire prevents the bamboo ends from swelling and splitting, making the cane more attractive for furniture construction.
Cover the top of the canes with a tarp to keep them dry if it rains. Leave the bamboo canes in the location for at least two to three months to cure. Remove the tarp once each month, and at that time rotate each cane by one-half turn to even out the drying process.
Remove the tarp when the bamboo canes are entirely yellow or brown, with no green coloring.
Scrub the entire outer surface of each bamboo cane using a nylon kitchen scrubber and firm pressure. The scrubbing restores the bamboo's shine.