I love the look of bamboo but hate how it cracks! Plus getting larger diameter (3-inch) around by me (Western New York) is only by shipment and fresh bamboo weighs a lot! In this Instructable, I'll try to show you how to make your own fake bamboo out of PVC pipe. I know it's not "green" but it should really last!
Step 1: Cut and Clean the PVC
If you're gonna use a whole section of PVC pipe (they typically come in 10-foot lengths) then you can clean the whole pipe before you cut it. It really doesn't matter. We need to remove the ugly lettering and all the left over junk (chemicals) from the production of of the PVC pipe. For this step I use Acetone because a) it's cheap b) it works good c) I had it laying around. Make sure you follow the directions for using whatever you choose since some cleaners can be dangerous without proper ventilation!
I applied the acetone by wetting some paper towels with it and wiped until the lettering was gone. During this step I use Nitrile gloves (Can be found at home improvement stores in the paint and stain section), I just don't like that stuff soaking into me! The ink can go back on the pipe from the paper towels if too much ink builds up on the paper towels so you may have to find a clean spot on the paper towels and re-wet with more acetone.