Pergola/Arbor/Vine Holder Upper

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 07-12-2015 07:41 PM 1740 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided that what was really needed around here was something in the front yard to give my Wisteria something to climb. Using Redwood, I designed and began building an Arbor, or, a Pergola, as I prefer to name it. It was a basic pole with a tree of sorts on the top. As I was constructing it, I began to notice the truly striking beauty of the wood itself. That’s right. Ordinary Redwood, the likes of which barns are built, has an extraordinary beauty to it. You gotta get inside with sharp steel and elbow grease. I started sculpting with the normal bench chisels I had on hand, which resulted in an almost entirely hand-sculpted Work of Yard Art. It’s almost a shame that , for most of the year, it’s covered up by a vine. The bird-like on top were made with a CNC and one has the mo/yr I made it carved in. An Artist was unleashed, and has had full dominion of my activities ever since.

They make me happy.

Ships are safe in Harbour. But that’s not what ships are for

-- Mark

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#1 posted 07-12-2015 08:32 PM

I agree it’s much too nice to be coverd with a vine.

Your children are adorable, by the way.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 07-12-2015 09:33 PM

Oh, they’re not mine, Charlie. They live with their mommy down the street. They visit me on their walk, almost every day. And, when it’s too hot out for a walk, I go to their house. I love dogs way too much. The photo that is my avatar – that’s my Baby. She’s eighteen years old(that’s nearly 130, on her planet), and just as amazed by everything as she was when she was a puppy.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 07-12-2015 11:53 PM

Great job Mark. Those dogs look like a pair of robbers aptly named. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 06-18-2017 12:55 AM

Absolutely beautiful Mark. What an amazing design!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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