Epic Fail #1: Pergola

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 06-17-2017 07:18 PM 1389 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is an update on a previously posted Project.

The Wisteria grew, and was a gorgeous thing on the block. Then, after less than five years, it tore the Pergola to pieces. Now, the Pergola is just Redwood scrap in the backyard and the Wisteria is about to be removed.

That’s all I have to say about that.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 06-17-2017 07:29 PM

That’s sad. Have any plans for the Redwood scraps??

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#2 posted 06-17-2017 07:38 PM

Hi Mark,

Sorry to hear about the pergola – it was a thing of beauty as well. Alas here in Ohio we know how aggressive wisteria can be in imposing its will on those around it. We usually let it battle wrought iron arbor or a gazebo constructed of sturdy 6×6 beams. Around here Wisteria gets really thick woody trunks and our growing season is only about 6 or 7 months long – can’t imagine how fast the stuff grows in your climate. Now the burning question: What are you doing with the scraps of pergola and wisteria? (Figuratively speaking of course – I know a good Lumberjock like yourself will not actually set fire to anything even remotely wood-like.) Will we be seeing some wisteria turnings soon?


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#3 posted 06-17-2017 07:38 PM


Murphy is everywhere. Sent you a PM!

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 06-17-2017 08:13 PM

Tom, thanks.
John, my mind hadn’t even begun to approach the notion of “doing” something with the Wisteria. It has a pretty serious trunk, I imagine. Can’t tell without cutting everything away from it. It’s a “mound” of fast-growing Wisteria in the corner of the yard. It seems to grow about a foot every day. Serious stuff, this Wisteria. The largest one in the world, as I understand, is in Pasadena, or Altadena (somewhere in the foothills not far from here). Dad’s wanting to get a sprinkler system and a new lawn installed, so, I have to get to that soon, along with those Eucalyptus logs on the parkway.
Lew, the redwood will most likely either wind up being cut into turnable pieces, or just be cut up and thrown out. That’s Future Mark’s problem. That guy really hate my guts, right now. I think what I need is a picket fence and a stick. Yeah. Walking along a picket fence – clack, clack, clack. That might clear my head. I’m overwrought.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 06-17-2017 08:27 PM

Bummer, sorry to hear that Mark

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#6 posted 06-17-2017 09:20 PM

+Don’t know what Wisteria is, it sounds like dangerous stuff, glad I live up North.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 06-17-2017 09:29 PM

Hello Mark.
I dont think it was a failure by any means simply Mother nature at work.
No doubt the redwwod could reappear later in a different form and just as brilliant. (Standby)

The construction of the Pergola is in itself fine woodworking.

I have a sort of picket fence you could walk along and clickety clack on if you were interested.
I may try to get you to make something after you had done your therapy!
Then we could talk shop, maybe have a beer, look at dogs and generally relax.

We could even talk about returfing and lawn sprinklers that sounds interesting too, tell me more.
Oh an in closing did you by chance just happen to take some pictures for me to see?

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 06-18-2017 01:26 AM

Let the wisteria grow thicker and you might be able to turn it after some time. Too bad about that pretty pergola!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 06-18-2017 02:11 AM

I can be destructive as these pics show!.

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 06-18-2017 06:30 AM

Yeah, Tony. That.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 06-18-2017 07:15 AM

OK now thats what I am talking about!!

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 06-18-2017 11:51 AM

+Don t know what Wisteria is, it sounds like dangerous stuff, glad I live up North.

- bushmaster


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#13 posted 06-18-2017 08:18 PM

sorry for the loss and mess buddy,looking at the old pics of the pergola it never had a fighting chance.i always thought about planting some until I saw and heard about what it will do so never,also will never plant bougainvillea again grows like a weed with sharp thorns.happy fathers day.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#14 posted 06-18-2017 08:59 PM

Sorry for the loss of the lovely pergola, Mark. I mourn the impending departure of the wisteria, too. I know future Mark will overcome.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 06-22-2017 02:34 PM

That is absolutely crazy, I didn’t know a plant could do that. If only we could figure out how to get it to “improve” our structures rather than reduce them.

I hope you try again with another garden structure, that pergola was beautiful. Maybe even save the wooden birds to add to a future project. But now we all know not to let that plant anywhere near our stuff!

And hopefully this will remain the only “part” in this series ;)

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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