How do you split a bamboo pole?

This is how you split a bamboo pole vertically.

1) Prop the thin end of the bamboo pole against a wall or something solid and place the thick end of the bamboo pole between your knees.

2) Place the sharp end of a thick blade, hatchet, axe or machete onto the the bamboo pole that you want to split. 

3) Tap the blunt end of the blade of what ever you are using with a hammer to start splitting the bamboo pole down the first foot or so of it.

4) Once your bamboo pole is split down a foot or two of its length, pull each half of it apart quickly and it will separate along a straight even line similar to the way fabric will split when pulled apart.