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Project by cranbrook2 posted 07-14-2008 06:43 PM 5058 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

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posted 07-14-2008 07:19 PM

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

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posted 07-14-2008 08:17 PM

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 07-14-2008 08:23 PM

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

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posted 07-14-2008 08:32 PM

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

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posted 07-14-2008 08:39 PM

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 07-14-2008 08:47 PM

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

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posted 07-14-2008 09:17 PM

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

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posted 07-25-2008 03:22 PM

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 07-25-2008 03:41 PM

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

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posted 07-25-2008 04:34 PM

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

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posted 07-25-2008 04:50 PM

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

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posted 07-25-2008 05:44 PM

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

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posted 07-25-2008 10:01 PM

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

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posted 07-26-2008 04:18 AM

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 07-26-2008 12:44 PM

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 07-26-2008 01:28 PM

I have one… 233 more to go!!

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

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Eklectic

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posted 07-26-2008 02:35 PM

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

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posted 07-26-2008 03:12 PM

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 09-04-2008 12:51 AM

Unbelievable! That is gorgeous!

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cranbrook2

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posted 09-04-2008 01:06 AM

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

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posted 09-04-2008 01:45 AM

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 09-05-2008 01:56 AM

That would make the perfect setting for a wedding!

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dini

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posted 09-05-2008 06:36 PM

Yes, it would..

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

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Greenthumb

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posted 09-06-2008 02:14 PM

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 09-07-2008 04:20 PM

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 09-07-2008 04:59 PM

oh but of course!
$1200 holymoly…

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

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cranbrook2

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posted 09-07-2008 05:46 PM

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

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posted 09-07-2008 10:49 PM

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 12-28-2009 06:03 AM

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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posted 12-28-2009 03:52 PM

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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