I know that the best source of lye is hardwood. A brief search tells me that Bamboo is considered a hardwood of the monocotyledon variety. I've done a lot of searching to find this answer, but I can't seem to find if I can use the same process with bamboo ash as I would with, say, Apple ash, to extract lye.
My question is two-fold:
1) Is it possible to extract lye from bamboo ash?
and if so,
2) Would this lye be a quality lye, capable of being used to create bar soap?