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Project by cranbrook2 posted 2201 days ago 4682 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone , here are a few pictures of my latest rustic arbor . Last year a couple of loggers clear cut the property down the road and they left behind all the scrap branches for me to clean up .
This is what i came up with . It is 7 ft square and 13 ft tall .
I am going to add a large set of chimes in the tower and hanging plants .

-- John in Cranbrook , http://www.extremebirdhouse.com http://community.webshots.com/user/cranbrook2



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MsDebbieP

14670 posts in 2568 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 2201 days ago

this is AWESOME. Definitely one of my favourites. I want one!!!! Now where do I find some nice straight branches.. hmmmm

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 2446 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 2201 days ago

Gorgeous John!!! Like the idea of chimes in the tower. It looks like a “bell tower”; at least that is what went through my mind when I saw it. Hanging plants will be really pretty in there as well. You sure do awesome work!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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cranbrook2

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posted 2201 days ago

Than k you Debbie and GrandmaT
I went through a lot of branches to get this done . I really like the bell idea too , thanks ladies

-- John in Cranbrook , http://www.extremebirdhouse.com http://community.webshots.com/user/cranbrook2

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Bob

1427 posts in 2316 days
hardiness zone 3b

posted 2201 days ago

Great idea John!
It turned out really well given all the compensation needed for the various dimensions of the wood.
Are you going to grow something on it?

Bob

-- I want to believe in a lot of things but, in the meantime I have to deal with the truth

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Bon

7374 posts in 2348 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2201 days ago

Just love your arbour John.Congratulations on such a nice job.And you used up discarded branches as well.Way to go.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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cranbrook2

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posted 2201 days ago

Thank you Bob and Bon , there are some wild grape vines in that area so it should fill in in a few years .

-- John in Cranbrook , http://www.extremebirdhouse.com http://community.webshots.com/user/cranbrook2

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dini

1591 posts in 2285 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 2201 days ago

That is awesome, and I love the idea of a nice deep chime in that little “bell tower”!

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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jroot

5046 posts in 2198 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2190 days ago

Now this I really like. I have been toying with doing something similar at my place. Yours is truly beautiful. Personally, I like the idea of the chimes. My neighbour asked me to take my chimes down because they were waking him up during the night. I was tempted to get even larger ones, but did move them elsewhere. One has to have happy neighbours or there are problems.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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cranbrook2

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posted 2190 days ago

Thank you jroot , i picked up a 4 ft set of chimes . they sound like church bells . I also added a weathervane and some flowers .

-- John in Cranbrook , http://www.extremebirdhouse.com http://community.webshots.com/user/cranbrook2

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dini

1591 posts in 2285 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 2190 days ago

All it needs now is a seat and a footrest, and you got yourself a little piece of paradise!

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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MsDebbieP

14670 posts in 2568 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 2190 days ago

the chimes are perfect and I love the weathervane as well.
Perfect additions!!

Fantastic job. .. oh, and I have one branch!!! It came down from the tree during our last big storm. One, down, and how many more to go?? haha

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 2446 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 2190 days ago

John I love the finishing touches … beautiful to the eyes and ears as well!! Really gorgeous and I want one!!! (take up my whole yard, but so what —LOL!!!!)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Bon

7374 posts in 2348 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2190 days ago

Love the final touches John.Looks great. I agree with GramT.What day did you say you were coming down to Hastings to build me one? ha ha ha . Just kidding John but I do love it.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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jroot

5046 posts in 2198 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2190 days ago

Very nice indeed. I am still thinking of doing one myself. Tomorrow, I’ll tromp around the bush below us to see what I can salvage.

Did you drill for your posts? How deep are they in the ground? Where I am thinking of doing it, there are a lot of cedar roots and rocks. Sounds appropriate as we live in Rockwood. .... Rock & wood. LOL

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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cranbrook2

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posted 2189 days ago

Thanks again everyone for all the nice comments . jroot if your talking about Rockwood Ontario then i know it very well , i was brought up in the town next to it, Acton . The post are only down 12” so if i ever move it goes with me . Gravity will keep it in place no problem . I have 2 other arbors that have been up for 2 and 5 yrs .
I used 5 and 6” galv nails for all the main supports and then i used 3 1/2” # 10 wood screws and 2 1/2” finish nails for the rest of it . I pre drill for the large nails and the screws .
There are 234 separate pieces on this arbor .

-- John in Cranbrook , http://www.extremebirdhouse.com http://community.webshots.com/user/cranbrook2

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2189 days ago

I have one… 233 more to go!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Eklectic

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 2189 days ago

This is just amazing!:-O
And it would fit in just perfectly in my yard!
I have actually been saving branches for the last few years in the hope of building something myself! Sure wish you were closer, maybe I would actually do something with all of the branches!! And hubby would be happy to see them being used!!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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jroot

5046 posts in 2198 days
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posted 2189 days ago

Thanks for the info, John. I guess I will really be looking now, ... for a long time, perhaps. Although there are a lot of downed trees back there. Good to know about the predrilling, and the size of the screws. There is a good bite on them.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MRod

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posted 2150 days ago

Unbelievable! That is gorgeous!

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cranbrook2

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posted 2150 days ago

Thank you everyone . It probably would look nice lit up a Christmas time with Christas lights.

-- John in Cranbrook , http://www.extremebirdhouse.com http://community.webshots.com/user/cranbrook2

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 2446 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 2150 days ago

Well John you got that right … be spectacular at Christmas time!!! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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QuietlyAwesome

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posted 2149 days ago

That would make the perfect setting for a wedding!

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dini

1591 posts in 2285 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 2148 days ago

Yes, it would..

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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Greenthumb

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posted 2147 days ago

Do you sell these architectural marvels?

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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cranbrook2

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posted 2146 days ago

Thanks again everyone . I get lots of offers to sell these arbors but i don,t . It takes a lot of branches and i don,t have a very large stock of them . I was offered $ 1,200 for this one the same day i finished it but of course i said no.

-- John in Cranbrook , http://www.extremebirdhouse.com http://community.webshots.com/user/cranbrook2

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MsDebbieP

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posted 2146 days ago

oh but of course!
$1200 holymoly…

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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cranbrook2

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posted 2146 days ago

Thats not bad for a pile of sticks . lol

-- John in Cranbrook , http://www.extremebirdhouse.com http://community.webshots.com/user/cranbrook2

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MsDebbieP

14670 posts in 2568 days
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posted 2146 days ago

I guess not!! lol
that makes it really funny .. lol $1200 for a bunch of sticks.. lol
I wonder what the piggy with a house of straw would get?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Greenthumb

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posted 1670 days ago

I think Jane would hav liked it more then Tarzan.

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 1669 days ago

I love this one. I still want to make one at the entrance to my bush. I really like it.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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