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Yes, bamboo is hollow over the longer sections of its length. There are nodes containing short, solid cross-bridges. I don't know how strong it is; probably weaker than solid oak, but is that enough? That's why I mentioned the scaffolding. As for the tips, you might have to glue the in place with epoxy. Best way to find out, of course, is to build one and test it.
True for the ones shown here, but many outdoor sports outlets sell 'biners for climbing/caving in larger sizes with a variety of safety features.
Lose weight? Easier to buy larger 'biners, the kind used for climbing/caving. Or there are steel links available at better hardware stores. They're intended to be used as replaceable links in chains, so they screw and unscrew. I've trusted my live to these, they're bombproof.
There are also "locking" carabiners in a larger size than those shown here. A sleeve around the gate-latch must be twisted and pulled down. Other varieties of 'biner require that you unscrew the guard before the gate can be opened. Useful for larger hacks.
What does this staff (Oak, 6' high) weigh? Has anyone tried using bamboo? Bamboo's lightweight, surprisingly strong, and used in temporary scaffolding for building construction in Asia. You'd have to pick through a bunch to match fittings. thediameter with the copper
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