Shishi-odoshi. A bamboo fountain.

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 08-31-2012 07:50 PM 8371 reads 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first time I saw a shishi-odoshi was in the movie Kill Bill. It is also called a “deer scarer”, intended to frighten deer and birds from crops with its slow, rhythmic knocking.

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 08:00 PM

Awesome project Steve … as usual.

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#2 posted 08-31-2012 08:05 PM

Cool project Steve! Bamboo – the organic version of PVC pipe. A million and one uses. :)

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 08:12 PM

Outstanding Steve. Another great project. I love the Kill Bill reference. I was expecting you to say “Silly Rabbet” when you were making the box. If I can round up some bamboo I definitely want to make one of these.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#4 posted 08-31-2012 08:19 PM

Nice project. I have a big problem with deer and I would be willing to try almost anyting to keep them away. Maybe I can make this in indiustial size. :)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#5 posted 08-31-2012 08:20 PM

Can It frighten skunks :)?

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#6 posted 08-31-2012 08:24 PM


I love your stuff. It’s not only entertaining but always something you want to build. I was pretty stressed out this afternoon (another story not worth telling) and I sat and watched your shishi odoshi build. Gonna build one just so I can relax watching it whenver I get stressed. Thanks for sharing.


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#7 posted 08-31-2012 08:55 PM

Kay- I have heard that deer won’t go near passion flower vines. I don’t mind the deer, but I planted some vines and they are super easy to grow. I agree with the deer though- they stink. They are pretty flowers and are a great attractant for butterflies. I have gulf frittilaries all over the vines.
Sorry to intrude, Steve, but I thought she would like to know.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#8 posted 08-31-2012 08:56 PM

Steve, When you said “The box falls down on the rabbet” my wife and I turned to each other and said, “Poor bunny!” Stuff like that drives my daughter nuts. Neat project!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#9 posted 08-31-2012 09:12 PM

Very fun! you probably could have placed a small tub inside and buried it all with the same rocks, avoiding any leaks. Still a great idea.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#10 posted 08-31-2012 09:19 PM

Actually, the box doesn’t leak. Water seems to run back down the spout when it lifts back up.

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#11 posted 08-31-2012 09:23 PM

Cool! I usually don’t have that much luck ,er skill I mean. 8)

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#12 posted 08-31-2012 09:23 PM

That’s a COOL project!

Would tend you make you feel cooler… just listening to the water flow…
... to make it quiet, you could just tape a spounge around the end… LOL

Thank you!

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#13 posted 08-31-2012 10:35 PM

Very cool, Steve!!................Jim

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

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#14 posted 08-31-2012 10:54 PM

Great video. Fun! I think the first person to sit through the 11 minute meditation video should win something from e replacement That being said, they are already winners with their meditation induced karma…

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#15 posted 09-01-2012 12:01 AM

Great video gotta give it a try,

-- rounder: I’m a wood magician I can turn a great piece of wood into scrap right before your eyes

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