I'm going over to a friend's house tomorrow to pull an engine block, but my friend doesn't have a hoist. No problem, I'll rig up a bamboo tripod and make a 3:1 mechanical advantage using some climbing gear.
Shorty #2 says "There's no way bamboo is strong enough to lift any kind of weight!" She says that because she doesn't know what I learned growing up in Southeast Asia . . .
BAMBOO IS STRONGER THAN STEEL...