Mak­ing use of a great re­source


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.

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