How to Hollow Out Bamboo

Bamboo is a fast-growing, sustainable resource that can be used to make various items, including baskets, flooring, and furniture. One of the most common uses for bamboo is to create utensils and other kitchenware. It’s important to know how to hollow out bamboo before crafting because it will make your life much easier. 

How to Hollow Out Bamboo

One unique use for bamboo is as a hollow tube. By hollowing out a piece of bamboo, you can create a variety of useful items, such as a water pipe or a smoking pipe. This guide will show you how to hollow out bamboo using simple tools and techniques. Let’s get started!

10 Ways on How to Hollow Out Bamboo

1. Use a Drill

You can purchase a simple drill bit or use your screws and drill for this method. First, you will want to make sure that a pilot hole is already drilled into the bamboo. Then drill out as much of the inside as you need.

2. Use a Saw

Bamboo can easily be cut through with a saw. However, you will want to use a jigsaw and slowly cut down it until you have hollowed out your piece of bamboo

3. Use a Knife

This is the most traditional way to hollow out bamboo. It takes a lot of time and patience, but it can be done. You will want to use a sharp knife and make very careful cuts into the bamboo until it is completely hollowed out.

Use a Knife

4. Use a Bottle or Can

You can use a bottle or can to hollow out your bamboo. You will need to make sure that it is slightly smaller than the diameter of the inside of your piece of bamboo. You need to cut out a section in one end and then insert the bottle/can into the work of bamboo until it stops at the other end where you cut it out. Then use a hammer to tap the bottle/can until it goes all the way through the bamboo.

5. Use a Wire

This is a very simple way to hollow out your bamboo, but it takes a little bit of finesse. First, you will need a piece of wire that is slightly thinner than the diameter of your bamboo. Then, you push the wire through the entire piece of bamboo, making sure to leave a little wire showing on each end so you can grab it later.

Then you need to twist the wire until it cuts through your bamboo and repeat on the other side. Once you have finished doing this, grasp both ends of the wire and pull them from each end of the bamboo.

6. Use a Drill Press

Another easy way to hollow out your bamboo is with a drill press or some drill guide that can guide your drill into the center of the piece of bamboo. You will want to make sure that there is already a pilot hole drilled on each end of where you will hollow out the bamboo.

7. Use a Lathe

A lathe can be used to hollow out your bamboo, but it is a more complicated process than other methods. Therefore, you will need to experience using a lathe before attempting this method

8. Use a Chisel

A chisel can be a great way to hollow out bamboo, but it takes a lot of practice to use it correctly. You will need to be very careful when using a chisel and make sure that you are striking it in the right spot, or you could end up ruining your piece of bamboo.

 Use a Chisel

9. Make Some Knots

This is a very easy and fun way to hollow out your bamboo. Knots can easily be undone with a little effort, which makes it convenient too! First, start tying knots around the inside of the piece you want to hollow out and then undo them one by one until you reach the end.

10. Use a Bandsaw

This way is very similar to using a jigsaw, except you will use a bandsaw instead. It takes some time, but it is straightforward once you get used to it. You will want to make sure that there is already a pilot hole drilled into each end of the bamboo before you start.

Hollowing out bamboo can be a fun and easy project, but it does take a little bit of practice to perfect. Be sure to try out different methods and find the one that works best for you!

Some Tips and Suggestions

1. Your bamboo might be rather old and very hard, depending on where you live. If so, soak it in water overnight before hollowing out to make the job much easier!

2. In the wild, bamboo is often found in dense clusters, meaning all growths around the outside will be interconnected and grow in a similar direction. This means there’s a much higher chance for the bamboo you’ll find in these areas to be hollow!

3. Hollowing out will take some skill and patience, so don’t get discouraged if it looks like nothing is happening after several minutes of working away at your bamboo wood stick. But, on the other hand, it might take hours before you see any progress!

Hollowing Out Will Take Some Skill and Patience

4. This can be done with nearly any stainless steel object, but we find that a pocket knife works best. A kitchen knife will also work; try to keep it away from your hands.

5. Keep one end of the stick more rounded than the other, like many people do when they make chopsticks (if you’ve used them before, you’ll know what we’re talking about). This will help make the finished product more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable to hold.

6. As you hollow out the bamboo, periodically test the sharpness of your knife by cutting it into the bamboo. You want to make sure that your knife is still sharp enough to cut through the bamboo smoothly; if it’s not, then you’ll need to sharpen it before continuing.

7. Towards the end of your hollowing out process, make sure that the hole you’ve created is large enough to comfortably accommodate whatever it is you plan on using the bamboo for.


Bamboo is a highly renewable resource, making it an eco-friendly alternative to wood. It also looks excellent when hollowed out to create the perfect decorative piece for your home or office space. Follow these steps to do so safely and effectively! 

Bamboo has several advantages, including its strength, lack of warping, rapid growth rate, insect and fungus resistance, ability to be used in pots outside near water without rotting like other materials would paint adhesion due to the absence of lignin content on its surface, and sustainability. Now that you know how to hollow out bamboo, put your new skills to use and create something beautiful!

Jennifer Branett
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