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->''"Good thing they made everything out of balsa wood back then."''
-->-- '''Tom Servo''', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''

Bamboo Technology, named for the unlikely devices that the Professor came up with on ''Series/GilligansIsland,'' is the use of mechanisms with a level of technology closer to the Stone Age to achieve feats usually achieved with Industrial or even Modern Age technology. In general they are not necessarily made of bamboo -- the ones on ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' were often made out of wood, stone and dinosaurs. What characterizes all of them is the self-evident unlikelihood that they actually work. Most likely to be seen in the more farcical [[SitCom sitcoms]].

Bamboo Technology includes the RubeGoldbergDevice, but not anything that relies on magic to work. Those devices are {{Magitek}}. Pretty much sure to crop up in past-based PunkPunk settings, especially ScavengedPunk.

When the mechanisms are made with modern components cobbled together, the trope is HomemadeInventions. A subtrope of AlternateTechline, where a civilization has a technology without a precursor that's normally found with it (e.g., having automobiles without internal combustion, steel, etc.). Contrast LowCultureHighTech, where primitive cultures use technology they didn't invent and can't comprehend. Compare SufficientlyAdvancedBambooTechnology, which is very advanced technology designed to look primitive.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsU4snDfTS4 This]] ad for Emerald Nuts features a man who has things built on him by the Swiss Family Robinson. They appear to have gotten into his living room through a [[AnotherDimension trans-dimensional portal]], made from bamboo.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Clockwork Fighters'' is this with the villains using SteamPunk variations.
* ''Manga/{{Onidere}}'' - Kenji Taketori's firm, Taketori Financial Combine, specializes in making bamboo products. Including functional bamboo rocket ships.
* The iconic "Take-Copter" or bamboo helicopter from ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'', allowing one to fly by putting it on the head or body.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* When he and the rest of the Frightful Four ([[ZombieApocalypse Zombie]] ComicBook/FantasticFour) were locked in a vault so the ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'' could save the day, Zombie Reed Richards bragged to the guards that using highly improbable materials ("Did you know you can make a keyboard out of hair?"), he and the rest of the Frightful Four had now built a functional teleporter and would be leaving now for Central Park where they'd gobble up whoever they came across, thank you very much and goodbye. The Frightful Four joins hands and disappears, the [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy guards rush in]]... and then Zombie Reed Richards tells Zombie Sue Storm she can turn off their invisibility.
* In one of the Futurama-Comics, Fry, Leela, Bender and Zapp Brannigan escape from a Farm-Planet in a rocket made of corn.
* ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' comics: ''Requiem For A Rogue'' had TIE fighters and TIE Interceptors made largely of wood. Small spaceships, firing lasers. Made out of wood. Piloted by non-sentient beasts being controlled by evil Sith music.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' comics: the Jedi Vs Sith miniseries/TPB has SchizoTech, including lightsabers being used alongside ''bows and arrows'', but the example fans tend to find most {{egregious}} is the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Fairwind sailing ship-shaped starship]] used by one of the Jedi, which is made entirely of wood.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* The Stone Age characters in Johnny Hart's ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' often utilized this.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin is able to make a [[TimeTravel time machine]], [[ShapeShifting Transmogrifier]], and [[CloningBlues Duplicator]] out of a cardboard box (the same cardboard box). He even manages to convert a regular water pistol to a Transmogrifier gun. The line between what's real and what's in Calvin's imagination is never really established, so whether these were actual working devices or a kid playing pretend is uncertain.
* In ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', two cavemen scientists travel into modern times using a TimeMachine made out of a log.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The Submersible Research Vessel ''Albacore'' from ''Fanfic/TheNowakverse'' is amazingly advanced for a MouseWorld submarine, even more so when measured by regular ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' standards. [[SchizoTech However]], Mr. Fenton, the sonar officer and a bat, is also the actual sonar.
* All of [[spoiler: the original Pokemon]] live this way in ''FanFic/{{Pokeumans}}'', in tune with nature and using their natural resources to build even impressive things like the Training Tower in Otium Village.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' and ''Madagascar 2'' both make use of BambooTechnology. In the first one Marty manages to use it to build a small house with plumbing. In the second one it's upgraded and used to repair and launch a crashed plane with a giant slingshot (although landing is a little more difficult), then used again to turn it into a helicopter which actually ''works.''
* The young rodents in ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'' build a flying machine called the "Flapper-wingamathing" out of mainly sticks and leaves and such.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Parodied in ''Film/TopSecret'', in a {{flashback}} in which Nigel and Hillary, after being trapped on a DesertedIsland, build numerous items actually out of bamboo, including a shopping basket and a two-car garage. They have real BambooTechnology too: the garage door opener and controller, which would require electronic equipment.
* The most laughable moment in an already ridiculous film, ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' alum ''Film/CaveDwellers'' has its Prehistoria RenaissanceMan Ator launch his final assault on the EvilOverlord's castle in ''a hang-glider made out of wood and tanned leather''.
-->'''Joel''':He's probably got a tank waiting in the courtyard.\\
'''Servo''':Yeah, and it's made out of coconuts.
* In the live action ''Film/FatAlbert'' film, Fat Albert is given a car made out of trash from the junkyard to drive his date, subverted in that it's powered by two of the Cosby kids.
* A made-for-TV movie version of ''Swiss Family Robinson'' featured a fake gun made of bamboo that was used to scare away the wildlife.
** A simple gun might have made the Suspension of Disbelief (barely) possible, but the producers went balls-to-the-walls improbable with a ''[[GatlingGood Gatling gun]]'' design that fired several fruits per second. Never mind that it was never explained HOW that gun generated the pressure to propel them down the spinning barrels.
* Spoofed in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', when TheCaptain is stranded on a planet with nothing but rocks in sight, and another crew member asks, "Can you construct a rudimentary lathe?" Which in itself is a spoof of the ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode "Arena", which you'll find discussed in the TV section of this article.
** Made more absurd by the fact that he was being attacked by a giant rock monster at the time.
* ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''. Ancient South American Indians develop a trap with a trigger that uses a beam of sunlight as an electric eye: when anything interrupts the beam, the trap activates. Question: does the trap work when the light isn't shining through at that exact spot, which would be, I don't know, most of the day and all night?
* The 1971 film by Dennis Hopper ''Film/TheLastMovie'' concerns a western being shot in a small Peruvian village. The Peruvian natives are "filming" their own movie with "cameras" made of sticks, and acting out real western movie violence, as they don't understand movie fakery.
* Seen in ''Film/LtRobinCrusoeUSN''. The title character (played by Creator/DickVanDyke) has some ingenious comforts, including a golf course and a bamboo "post office" (toilet tank and bamboo chute, which delivers messages-in-a-bottle to the sea).

* The fantasy novel ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'' has three men in Seventh-Century China jerry-rig a primitive helicopter out of bamboo, palm tree fronds, and ''gunpowder,'' which they are able to synthesize because they are stranded on a saltpeter island [[ConvectionSchmonvection in the middle of a lake of sulfurous lava.]]
* In the second ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' trilogy by David Brin, a group of inhabitants on Jijo make amazing things, such as computers, despite trying to voluntarily ''devolve'', and having discarded all their working technology to an oceanic trench. Many things, funnily enough, are made from "Boo" -- an alien plant which greatly resembles bamboo, but bigger and far stronger -- even ''space rockets''. It's a bit of a twist, though, because Boo was originally advanced biotechnology used by a MUCH more advanced past civilization [[spoiler:who were quite possibly playing a LongGame that accounted for later Jijoans needing to make do after being cut off from Galactic technology]].
* ''Swiss Family Robinson''. They had a water-cooled "fridge", and a waterwheel-pumped system to deliver it.
* ''Missionaries'' trilogy by Lyubov and Yevgeny Lukin. Some guys found a portal into past (turned out to be AlternateUniverse) and tried to stop European colonization by giving would-be victims whatever technology local resources allowed -- threw hang-gliders and primitive incendiary bombs into tribal warfare, then [[LensmanArmsRace fire fed itself]], along the path [[AlternateTechline the originators didn't understand well]].
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** The "Clacks" are based on real-life semaphore telegraphs and seem to work much the same way -- only much better. In reality the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_telegraph Chappe telegraph]] was fairly slow, easily disrupted and thanks to the cost of training and keeping operators, hideously expensive (which is why it was used by the government and army rather than merchants).\\\
The Clacks on the other hand not only work much faster and reliably than the real world version but are apparently so inexpensive to run the company that owns them became fantastically rich very quickly. Then again, in fairness, they exist largely as a parody of the internet so this can be excused. The operator-problem is somewhat mitigated by the employment of gargoyles, who are naturally good at sitting in a single place just looking at the next tower, lack the imagination to make mistakes, and can be paid in pigeons.\\\
In fact, the Bamboo Technology Internet aspect even extends to transferring photos through ''binary.'' Again, over semaphores. Not mentioning Smoking GNU group of hackers. GNU was a message that might be used as a DDOS attack (althought it did not). The book ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' also has man-in-the-middle attacks. Also, the Clacks is a shutter-telegraph system, not a Chappe-telegraph one, and is thus rather faster than a Chappe style system would be.
** In ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', Ankh-Morpork even manages to build a working ''spacecraft'' out of wood. Powered by dragons. It makes it to the Moon and back.
* In ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'', the prison holding Doctor Impossible at the beginning of the book is reluctant to let him get his hands on anything for fear of this trope. He lampshades it quietly to himself, musing that he really couldn't pull a Gilligan, but maybe if he had some copper wire...
* ''The Shroud Of The Thwacker'' by Chris Elliott, a historical fiction spoof set in the 19th century, features wooden mobile phones that run on kerosene.
* A 1988 AprilFools article in ''Scientific American'' announced the unearthing of rope-and-pulley logic gates on the island of Apraphul.
* During ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: Clones'' an outpost of rather strange-acting Rebels is found. They've built a spaceship.
--> Or at least, what might have been a spaceship, if spaceships were made out of old scrap metal, bilba tree wood, and patches of woven grass. It was like a giant model of a star freighter, several times larger than their own ship, the ''[[CoolStarship Shroud]]''. It was the kind of thing children might build in their backyard, only on a much bigger scale.
** It doesn't work. The Rebels can't tell [[spoiler: because [[CloningBlues they are a kind of clone that can't quite distinguish idea from reality.]]]]
* The inhabitants of [[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Midworld]] use rifle-like blowguns called "snufflers", carved of literally-green wood and powered by a type of seed pod that ruptures with a blast of air when pierced.
* In ''Literature/{{Insupu}}'' the kids build a mansion with a functioning modern kitchen from wood and raffia stings.
* In ''Literature/TheAmberSpyglass'', third tome of ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', [[spoiler:Mary Malone suceeded to create a device able to detect Dust from lacquer and juice from an admittely very special tree]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'' may very well be the TropeCodifier. In the AnimatedAdaptation ''The New Adventures of Gilligan'', the trapped castaways listen to a radio made out of bamboo and coconut shells. At least the original ''Gilligan's Island'' had the decency to have their radio be one of the few pieces of mainland technology that survived the shipwreck.
** Taken to the extreme in the RecycledINSPACE animated spin-off ''Gilligan's Planet'', where The Professor builds a functioning ''faster-than-light spacecraft'' out of ''wood and coconut shells''. [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]] ain't got ''nothing'' on him.
* ''Series/GoodEats'': BambooTechnology was applied for humorous effect in an episode in which host Alton Brown is "stranded on a deserted island" but has managed to put together a suspiciously well-equipped kitchen out of found objects, wherein he demonstrates the techniques and science behind several forms of tropical cooking. (The show abounds with similar [[ExcusePlot framing devices]], ranging from Alton playing his own EvilTwin in an episode about kimchi to a {{Courtroom Antic}}s trial of butter.)
* In ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' episode "Milky Joe", Howard and Vince flee from the coconut police in a bamboo car. They also construct houses, fashion items, and the coconut men from bamboo, palm leaves, etc.
* One prominent example is ''Series/TheATeam'', where the titular team regularly cobbled together weapons and vehicles from random ingredients, such as twenty-four feet of PVC piping, a metal dune-buggy frame and household chemicals.
* ''Series/MacGyver'': the plot revolves on the hero saving the day by fabricating something ridiculously clever from a piece of gum, a toothpick and a hairdryer (or whatever). One memorable sequence (perhaps the definitive one) from the opening of "Legend of the Holy Rose Part 1" involves bamboo technology. The title character, with only a few hours, manages to design and build a whole gyroplane out of bamboo, tarps, and an old airplane engine. He and the prisoner he was rescuing then proceed to fly out of the base through heavy gunfire and have the plane work perfectly without any apparent flaws in spite of both the lack of rigidity of the materials used in it and the fact that it had to have taken at least some hits. Not exactly WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief's finest hour. Also lampshaded by his copilot saying "It really flies!" and Mac replying "Of course it does!".
* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' tested out [=MacGyver=]'s bamboo glider. It didn't work, primarily because the motor (which in the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode actually came from a ''cement mixer'', not an aircraft) wasn't strong enough. It also took them a lot longer to build. This is why [=MacGyver=] is frequently called the "Patron Saint of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}''".
* In a ChristmasEpisode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive,'' a couple who are [[DesertedIsland stranded on a desert island]] are exchanging holiday gifts. He gives her a potholder of woven palm fronds and two conch shells; she gives him a spectacular, fully functional telescope, wristwatch, and motorcycle that she made from some stuff she found around the island. You know, if you're bored, you might just pan some gold, smelt some iron ore, kill a rhino for its whiskers.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. "Arena" has the Metrons forcing Kirk to fight his ([[TheReptilians]]Reptiloid) ''Gorn'' counterpart on a desert planet for which they will use their god-like powers to allow control over that region of the galaxy to the winner's species. Having discovered that dropping an almighty rock from a great height onto the Gorn has no effect, Kirk makes a hand-cannon out of coal, sulphur, saltpetre and bamboo to shoot him/her/it with the local fist-sized diamonds. They bounce off but not without knocking the Gorn captain down, whom Kirk honourably allows to retire in defeat, for which the Metrons (our demi-gods) award the human race extra Brownie points. [[note]]''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' tested this one. Based on their results, Kirk might have been better off using it as a bomb rather than a cannon in the real world. Still, it's an AcceptableBreakFromReality nonetheless. An ExpandedUniverse novel stated that Starfleet Academy made that episode into a holodeck training scenario. Nine out of ten cadets who tried Kirk's solutions blew themselves up. The tenth generally missed.[[/note]]
* The British television show ''Rough Science'' is essentially this trope applied to reality TV. Five scientists are dropped off in the middle of the wilderness and must use natural materials and a small amount of scrap material to make advanced devices within a time limit. They've constructed everything from radio transmitters and receivers, weather stations and clocks, to a wide variety of medicines and microscopes and bacterial cultures, all using scrap and natural materials.
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' featured a HumongousMecha in this style.
* ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'': Many of Red Green's creations on The Handyman's Corner fall into this trope. Although he preferred to use pieces of old cars and liberal amounts of his "secret weapon" [[RunningGag Duct Tape]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In one episode, the Eleventh Doctor uses "non-technological technology of Lammasteen" to create an advanced device that wouldn't be picked up as advanced technology. It looks like random pieces of junk stuck together. From the look of some of the Doctor's other devices, this may not be the first time he's used it, just the first time it was identified as such.
** "Time of the Doctor" featured a wooden Cyberman, created due to the Papal Mainframe constantly scanning for any technology that penetrated their shield around the planet.
** In "Utopia", the kindly professor Yana managed to build a complex computer system out of, as the Doctor puts it, "food and string and staples". And in some cases, not even that (gluten is mentioned as being a key part of the mechanisms).
* ''Series/JunkyardWars'' involves teams building machines/devices out of whatever they find in a junkyard, though in some episodes some key parts are provided for the teams by the host (For example, in the cannon episode, the teams were expected to build the cannon and the ammunition, but the hosts provided the powder).

* A modified version of ''[[Pinball/IndianaJonesThePinballAdventure Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure]]'' in [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland Anaheim]] replaces the metal parts on the game cabinet with (fake) wood and bamboo equivalents. It can be found in the gift shop near the "Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye" thrill ride.
* Of course, ''[[Pinball/GilligansIsland Gilligan's Island]]'' wouldn't be complete without it.
* Similarly, this trope is invoked to the hilt in ''Pinball/TheFlintstones''

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[Website/FourChan /tg/]] had a field day when it discovered that since zombies in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' are capable of following simple commands, a necromancer can take three zombies, tell one of them to look at the other two and raise its right hand unless both of them raise theirs. Why is this important? Because with those instructions, the necromancer has just made a [=NAND=] gate, which means that with enough zombies he could build a '''programmable computer'''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': Ork teknolojee is in itself something of a BambooTechnology, as it mostly consists of stealing already-made equipment from other races and making it Orkier (though they are capable of building their own). Feral Orks don't even have that, so their hugenormous battle robots are steam-powered.
* One NPC in ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', Mr. Shark is a 17th-century Maori navigator who built a time-travelling ''canoe''. It can travel in time to any year between 1623 and 2223, but you still have to row it if you want to get anywhere.
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' the Primitive Technologist trait allows characters to essentially build analogues of high technology and equipment, provided their skill is high enough and they have enough story points. A few mentions go out to the Venusian gliders and the Chanari caravans of Mars. The rule book states that someone could build a low-tech out of logs, rope, stone and people power if they really wanted.

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' in its early years, though in the storyline only.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In an almost perfect example of this trope, Princess Kaguya in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' returns to the moon on a ''space shuttle made of bamboo'' while wearing an ancient Japanese spacesuit.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has ''robot arms'' made out of stone...in ''Sixty-five million B.C.''. There are also guns. As it happens, they're actually superior to the guns and robot arms available in the far future.
* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' (and also ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''), Diddy Kong has [[JetPack rocket boosters]] and a gun, made out of wood. How the rocket doesn't ignite the wood is ignored. The gun shoots [[EdibleAmmunition peanuts]], coconuts, grapes, pineapples, and feathers. [[note]]Masahiro Sakurai lampshaded this trope with those two words while showing Diddy's moves on the Dojo during the long lead-up to ''Brawl'''s release.[[/note]]
** Also in ''Donkey Kong 64'': Funky Kong makes planes, helicopters, boats and weapons for DK and crew from wood and other jungle technology. The ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series itself actually has the rocket barrels, barrel made jetpacks.
* The dwarves in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' are able to raise huge steel bridges using nothing more than three rocks. One for the lever, and two to connect the lever to the bridge. It is actually possible to [[http://df.magmawiki.com/index.php/Computing build a primitive computer]] in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress''. The machine uses carefully arranged water flows, floodgates and pressure sensors or gears to perform boolean operations. [[OlderThanTheyThink Granted, this has been done in real life before:]] water-based analog computers ("water integrators") were built and used in the Soviet Union for simulations. Though those were (obviously) not digital like the dwarfputers nor universally usable.
* Huitzil/Phobos of ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}/Vampire'' fame, who appears to belong to some Mayan TempleOfDoom, but was actually created by BigBad Pyron to [[CrushKillDestroy destroy all life on Earth]] (starting with the dinosaurs).
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''. Bowser had a whole tank division, a navy and an air fleet all made of wood.
* ''Taz-Mania'''s Francis X. Bushman had a "tree trunk tank".
* A lighter version: Among the planes in ''Altitude'' are a WWI era biplane with a machine gun, and what looks like a space-fighter with energy weapons and teleportation technology. Both planes are of the same tier...
* As it is the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'', ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' naturally features ludicrous amounts of bamboo tech coupled with DecadeDissonance. The capital city looks almost like a real, if rather haphazardly constructed medieval Chinese city until you notice the power-lines.
* Wood Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' is a Robot Master made entirely out of wood.
* The mechanisms built by Sirrus and Achenar on their respective prison ages in ''VideoGame/MystIVRevelation'' are surprisingly sophisticated for technology built only from raw materials without any available tools. Achenar's stuff is at least crudely made from available materials, but Sirrus built a big laboratory and steampunk machinery from scratch.
* One of Rumble's skins in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', [[{{Pun}} Rumble in the Jungle]], subs his MiniMecha's scrap metal components for bamboo and coconuts.
* In ''Worlds of Franchise/{{Ultima}}: The Savage Empire'', most tribes in the valley have Stone Age tech - the natives most advanced (contemporary) weapon is an 'obsidian-edged sword' similar to a macuahuitl. One of your party members, Professor Rafkin, can build crude rifles and grenades out of bamboo, clay, and stray bits of hardware for you. For the most part, they outperform native weapons handily, although only 'modern' characters can figure out how to use them.
* The airships in some of the earlier Franchise/FinalFantasy games may seem like this at first. They're [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080313061321/finalfantasy/images/9/99/FF-Airship.jpg normal wooden boats that fly thanks to some attached propellers.]] The concept on its own isn't that bad, but seeing how there's no other form of automated transport in these fantasy worlds, how the propellers work is questionable. Turns out the ships [[{{Magitek}} run on magic]].
* Among the many examples of SchizoTech in the ''Zelda'' series, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has a camera with capabilities similar to that of real-world digital cameras. The camera itself is made of wood, and the color version is powered by a firefly.
* [[http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=267151533 This]] Steam Workshop submission for ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is essentially a reskin for the Engineer's Wrench made out of bamboo instead of metal.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Minecraft}}'', long before you gain access to iron, gold, redstone and diamond (to say nothing of plundering other dimensions for the riches therein), most tools and structures you build will be composed of wood, stone, and the odd bits of various animals.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' has guns with shell casings made out of berries and bones, while the majority of weapons and armor are made out of the body parts of monsters hunted. Some of the missions given are also about hunting monsters for a client who needs them (or again, parts thereof) to fix or build things.
* In ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', the player comes across ruins on Sanghelios that are noted as being "already ancient when humanity built the pyramids." Some of them have gigantic sliding stone doors that still work, one of which is triggered by ''touching a stone idol''. It's possible that the temple's been retrofitted with modern Sangheili technology hidden just out of sight to facilitate this, however.
* In the ''Film/HomeAlone'' LicensedGame for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis, Kevin can assemble homemade weapons by finding items in the houses and in the snowmen he knocks down. He needs a platform, operator, and ammo for each. They are auto assembled in the Beginner difficulty, but he has to assemble them himself on the Expert difficulty.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' don't so much use bamboo technology as they use ''stone'' technology. Despite being in the stone age, they have things like cars, [=TVs=], and several other technologies that are way ahead of their time. In fact, what they can't create with stones they use dinosaurs as replacements, such as a mammoth acting as a shower. One could say they're arguable one of the most famous example of this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''
** 2x4 technology, where scrap lumber and household/everyday items are cobbled together into everything from firearms to spaceships.
** HumongousMecha made from everything from metal to lawn chairs to ''cats''.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' parody of Gilligan's Island called "Larry's Lagoon", the professor gets everyone off the island by building a helicopter out of bamboo and coconuts.
-->"And we learned about all the stuff you can make with bamboo! A bamboo raft, a bamboo catapult, a bamboo helicopter..."
* Edd from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' has been building anything with cardboard and miscellaneous junk long before the KND. Framework for a prototype rocketship? Yep. Go-kart? You betcha. Airplane? Yeah! Unfortunately, his inventions usually get destroyed [[StatusQuoIsGod by the end of the episode]] due to interference or malfunctions.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': Jimmy manages to build rocket ships out of rides in an amusement park. He builds two treehouses with functioning plumbing systems out of bamboo at one point. Once when stranded in the past he built a ''time machine'' out of nuts, berries, rocks and wood.
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'':
** Gadget, the [[WrenchWench inventor mousette]], constructs her inventions, ranging from weapons to vehicles (even a starship of sorts) to home appliances, exclusively from garbage found in dumpsters or even right on site.
** The episode "Elephants Never Suspect" features a pair of panda inventors who construct a BambooTechnology device out of actual bamboo.
* ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'' Og, the boy genius inventor, can build any invention from the materials he finds on the show's no-tech Pacific island setting, including on one memorable occasion a ''television set''. (It doesn't work because there are no stations on the island, but all the islanders become addicted to watching static.)
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'': This was parodied several times.
-->"And then, Dave made an improvised megaphone by using a squirrel, some strings and a megaphone!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': [[RobotBuddy Bender]] gets a downgrade so that he is made out of wood. Naturally, it turns out that it was AllJustADream. Along with that, he and the other inhabitants of the Island of Obsolete Robots build a submarine entirely out of wood. In a nod to realism, it isn't terribly water-tight.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Das Bus" (which was essentially ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' meets ''Series/GilligansIsland'') where Bart instructs Martin to work on building "some coconut walky-talkies. And, if possible, a coconut Nintendo system". He also envisions the children building a society based on BambooTechnology and [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkey butlers]]. Needless to say, it doesn't ''quite'' work out (not least because the island lacks any bamboo).
** "[[ActorAllusion Oh, look at me!]] [[AdamWesting I'm MacGyver!]] [[LampshadeHanging I can make a bomb out of a banana peel and a toaster!]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' had a good laugh at this when Freakazoid was trapped in a bamboo cage...but he couldn't break through it with his super-strength because it was "''molecular'' bamboo."
* Kowalski from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' has inventions made from household items, including StatOVision binoculars made from paper cups, a mind-switching machine powered by a 17-speed blender, and an trans-lunar spacecraft out of trashcans. Amazingly, they seem to work properly half of the time.
** In an inversion, one of Kowalski's most ''successful'' inventions is a Six-Foot-Whacking-Stick. It is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* There is a ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' short from 1944, "The Plastics Inventor," in which Donald follows a radio announcer's instructions to create a plastic airplane. By baking it. In his oven. Not a toy airplane, a life-size one that actually flies... at least for a while. Somehow Donald makes the plastic base material for plane-baking by combining a bunch of random garbage. Even stranger, it melts in water.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario''
** ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3]]'' has Bowser's Doomship, which looked like it was built out of redwood trees (or some other huge type of tree), though it was armed with Bullet Bill launchers, cannons and rocket jets. His air force, which only appeared in one episode, and his tank corps (again, only one episode) were also made of tree trunks. However, his Doomsub (two episodes) was made of metal.
** ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' takes this trope further; many of the episodes revolve around some form of modern technology being introduced into the [[{{Prehistoria}} Dinosaur World]], which is usually constructed out of rock, wood and/or some other form of plant biomass. These include television sets, cars and a telephone network made of vines and coconuts. [[AWizardDidIt A Magikoopa in each set]]. The cars have enslaved Goombas running on the front wheel connector. The telephones are tin cans with a string principle.
* Used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', "Swiss Family Phineas", in which the boys wash up on an island and demonstrate their usual capacity for building freakishly elaborate structures.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': "AJ, make a time machine out of paperclips and yarn!"
* Long before ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short "One More Time" utilized live mice as car horns, hood ornaments and ''weapons''. (The character Foxy has a gun, and when he pulls the trigger a mouse pops out with a mallet and hits the target on the head.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Dr. Drakken abducts Ron, gives him a bunch of random junk, and gives him the [[TemptingFate seemingly impossible]] task of building a doomsday device from it. Dr. Drakken leaves the room and by the time he returns, Ron has somehow made a destructive laser cannon from the junk.
* Anything Roodee builds in ''WesternAnimation/YoohooAndFriends''.
* In Season 2 Episode 17 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', Ruel has a sniper rifle. Made from bamboo, but definitely a sniper rifle.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' when Chip and Skip temporarily become smart they make a computer out of a rock which only they are smart enough to use.
* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' plays with this from time to time. While they do have their share of actual technology in the form of human appliances salvaged from shipwrecks, there's also plenty of things made out of fruit and vine wiring as well.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ZigAndSharko'' episode "Silly Builders" did this with LEGO.
* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': In "Have Plane Will Travel", the General transfers the Vulture Squadron to an island where Klunk makes planes out of whatever they can find.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/cars-future-made-bamboo-201939619.html Will cars of the future be made of bamboo?]]
* [[http://news.yahoo.com/students-bamboo-based-smartphone-concept-becomes-reality-070131893.html Student's bamboo-based smartphone concept becomes reality]]
* [[http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/07/going-green-with-impeccas-hand-carved-bamboo-keyboard-and-mouse/ Impecca created a bamboo keyboard and mouse.]]
* [[http://www.bamboobike.org/Home.html You can get about 200 bicycles in a standard shipping container; train local craftsmen to make the frames out of bamboo and only import the parts that HAVE to be metal, and you can send enough parts for 2000.]]
* In a desperate attempt to directly attack the United States during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the Japanese created crude bombs attached to balloons which were launched into the jet-stream thirty or forty thousand feet up; the high-speed winds would carry them to North America within three or four days, at which point a timer would automatically release the payload. The balloons and carrying frames were assembled by schoolchildren from rice paper, plant glue (which was sometimes stolen and eaten by desperate civilians) and bamboo, and thousands were launched, carrying small bombs or clusters of incendiaries. For all the effort involved, the USA and Canada hardly noticed. Most balloons landed in Washington State, British Columbia, Alaska and Oregon (although some made it as far south as Mexico, and as far east as Michigan). Generally, damage was limited to small forest fires, but [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_balloon#Single_lethal_attack in one incident]] a pregnant woman and her five children were killed while investigating a downed balloon, and in March 1945 one of the last balloons [[MillionToOneChance managed to briefly short out the cooling system to the Manhattan Project reactors in Hanford]] (but the backup power system kicked in almost immediately). Once the US government realized the balloon bombs were part of a coordinated effort, they instructed the press to cease reporting about them, and when the hoped-for reports of mass devastation failed to appear, the Japanese assumed the balloons were not reaching their intended targets and cancelled the program.
* In Ethiopia and other African countries, bamboo scaffolding is still preferred to other, more modern alternatives.
* One of the things Malaysian villagers tend to craft on the approach of Eid al Fitr are ''bamboo cannons'', made of bamboo and (illegally appropriated or homemade) gunpowder. It's the leading cause of fire and serious injury (often fatal) during the season and is [[BannedInChina supposed to be officially banned in Malaysia]]. However the villagers ignore the law anyway (and due to the proximity of villages from the main towns and cities, law enforcement is often lax) and still make them, and disaster often follows when they're used. This is why TV stations in the country airs depressing [=PSAs=] about the dangers of the weapon during the season.
* During the UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, the German army conceived a landmine, the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schu-mine_42 Schützenmine 42]]'' made from ''wood'', and after explosive dogs managed to find them, they switched to models made with glass, the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasmine_43 Glasmine 43]]''. This was done in order to save metal and make the work of the minesweepers more difficult.