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Hi everyone , Here is one of my rustic arbors It is made from 120 year old pine branches. It is joined together with galvanized nails and brass screws.
-- John in Cranbrook , http://www.extremebirdhouse.com http://community.webshots.com/user/cranbrook2
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posted 12-14-2007 06:55 PM
That is beautiful!!
-- brown thumb slowly turning green!!!! Zone 6b
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posted 12-14-2007 08:29 PM
These are great, I love the attention to detail!
-- Living on the square...Metro Detroit
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posted 12-14-2007 09:09 PM
not only is the arbor great but the photos: they really highlight the structure.
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)
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posted 12-14-2007 10:14 PM
Absolutely Gorgeous … I love that you used such old wood; adds even more to the charm (and appeal) to the piece.
-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --
posted 12-14-2007 10:43 PM
Thank you everyone . At the time i didn,t have any wood lying around but i had an urge to build something so thats how i came up with the idea of building this.
I just trimmed off the old branches from the trees behind the arbor in pics 1 and 2 and it was just enough to build this.
posted 12-14-2007 10:52 PM
John, did you also make/carve the geese that are perched about the arbor?
posted 12-14-2007 11:00 PM
The geese are hollow decoys used for hunting. They are made from a hard plastic .I think they had a piece of Styrofoam in them to make them float at one time .
I just happened to find them in a old barn and them seem to fit perfectly on the branches.
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posted 01-05-2008 04:22 PM
Neat arbor. What are the dimensions on them?
posted 01-05-2008 04:57 PM
Thanks Greg Both arbors are 8 ft high 6 1/2 ft wide and 5 ft deep. I will be doing a few new styles this spring.
posted 01-05-2008 05:30 PM
I will be anxious for spring then … to see your new designs.
posted 01-05-2008 05:34 PM
Thanks GrandmaT I am hoping to build a gazebo out of branches first, It will be 10 ft diameter .
posted 01-05-2008 05:44 PM
Must be nice to have so much room to build your structures! lol…
posted 01-05-2008 09:03 PM
Like I said, anxious to see it …
posted 01-05-2008 09:30 PM
I live on a 100 acre farm so i have lots of room to expand.I think that is what held me back for years not having the space. People always ask me how can i possibly stay out in the country by myself and do i get bored and the answer is no. If i lived in the city then i would be lost , i would feel closed in . I need my space . lol
posted 01-05-2008 10:03 PM
city folk. hawhen my husband died I was TOLD that I needed to move to the civilization… that’s the wording they used!! I am a 20 min. drive from a 100,000 pop. city. It takes them longer than 20 min. to drive across town Civilization. pshaw.
posted 01-05-2008 10:24 PM
I get the willys just thinking about city life . lol 20 min from the city would be perfect . I am an hour from any major city.
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posted 01-29-2008 09:18 PM
As much as I like the country and the freedom of being able to work without disturbing the neighbors, I still miss being able to jump in the car and in 5 minutes being able to get the cement or sand or whatever.I can plan my shopping expeditions, I am always missing something. Hubby picks up stuff on his way home, but…I am getting better at being “country folk”, but it takes practicing and patience.
All of that to say John, that I love your harbor. Wish I still lived in BC, I could come and see your place. Sounds very interesting!.
-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a
posted 01-29-2008 09:36 PM
Thank you EklecticI wish i could live on the egde of the city, country so i could have the best of both worlds. I am living on a 100 acre farm just outside Cranbrook Ontario .Population is about 100 people at the most.
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posted 01-29-2008 11:31 PM
Very, Very lovely, would love one, but my OH isn’t very handy.
-- Derbyshire------- English Countryside
posted 01-29-2008 11:32 PM
I know what you mean about learning to live as country folk. When I make a trip to town (even though it isn’t that far away) I have planned ahead and try to multi=task and get everything. Rick, who is a city boy, goes and buys one thing when he needs it and says “oh we’ll get that next time” when we see something at the store.
posted 01-30-2008 02:11 AM
Thank you jed and springwood. As long as it is wood i can use it.
Debbie i have been living in the country for 6 years without a car and the closest town is 30 minutes away.It,s not easy but i manage some how.
posted 01-31-2008 01:29 AM
Where is Cranbrook, On.?I did a Google search, map quest….nothing.What is the closest town?I do get around during the summer and if it was a question of a detour only, i would love to come and see all that you do! If you do not mind naturally.
posted 01-31-2008 01:51 AM
I am located about 7 kms east of Brussels and 25 mins west of Listowel.
I am having a 2 day art show at the end of this April sponsored by Perth county Art Council and i will be announcing it a few weeks before then . I have people stop in all the time so you are welcome anytime , just send me a message before time and i will send you my address.
posted 01-31-2008 03:56 PM
Well, if it is in Perth, we will meet!!Thanks.
posted 01-31-2008 04:02 PM
Good Morning EklecticI am right on the boarder of Perth and Huron county
posted 01-31-2008 04:18 PM
Good morning to you as well,I am in South Mountain, 15 minutes north of the 401 in South Dundas. About one hour from Perth!
posted 01-31-2008 04:24 PM
I am about 7 kms east of brussels , it should be on map quest
posted 01-31-2008 10:23 PM
and I’m about an hour south of Kitchener
posted 01-31-2008 10:32 PM
I have some relatives in Brantford .I think that is near you?
posted 01-31-2008 10:33 PM
Maybe we should try for a “meet” all those that can make it: picnic, pot luck whatever, might be nice!
posted 02-01-2008 12:21 AM
yes, I’m near Brantford.
I’m having a LumberJocks’ picnic on July 13th. We could make it a LumberJocks/GardenTenders event.
I think it’s the 13th—the Sunday, anyway
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