LETO Origins

Anne - origins and our people

LETO: Greek Titan-Goddess of motherhood, bride of Zeus and mother of twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Goddess of modesty and womanly demure, and a protectress of the young.

The origins of LETObamboo lie in my experience as a designer of joinery, specialising in kitchen design. I became aware of my responsibility to contribute toward the protection of timber reserves as a result . Coupled with this, was a desire to create joinery using an alternative material to the ‘business as usual’ offerings.

Bamboo became of interest to me.

Considered a variety of grass, its inherent qualities held promise of answering my design requirements, especially the solid core advantages, while supporting my objective to help protect dwindling timber reserves. Bamboo plantations have the added advantage of absorbing carbon at up to 6 fold the rate of trees grown in plantation form.

I began my education into sustainable, 100% bamboo ply sheets by visiting China (which is the main source of bamboo as a raw material) and interviewing 13 manufacturers. Our manufacturer of choice has a lease hold on a vast bamboo plantation and is overseen by a manager. This ensures the harvested culms are of the right maturity and that over-harvesting does not occur.
LETObamboo has secured exclusive rights to the Australian market.

Bamboo is bio-degradable so a non-toxic finish is preferable. If conditions are met, once your bamboo product has come to the end of its usable life, we embrace its’ return to us for recycling or disposal. Check the LETObamboo Take Back Policy

Bamboo ply is like hardwood in sheet form.

Note:

panel or table saws need to be sharp

run a CNC machine at half feed rate

a beam saw cuts bamboo easily

Because bamboo is very dense, it machines cleanly (using hand tools, lathes, CNC machinery, laser, or water-jet cutting) , sands beautifully to a silky finish, and glues easily. The inherent properties of bambooChoices like UV printing, stains and various non-toxic finishes resultĀ  many, many choices!
Please contact us to let us know about your experience with our products – we can all learn from the many and varied applications for bamboo.

Anne Astorino
Founder of LETObamboo