Outdoor Garden Project: Wedding Arbor

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Digging through the old DeCou Photo Archives, I came across this project I had forgotten about.

Some good friends of ours planned an outdoor wedding. I asked if I could build a Garden Arbor for the wedding, as I had been itching for a chance to build one. This was a gift to our friends, who were married some 7-8 years ago.

It is built out of Cedar and CCA Treated Wood. The curved beams were done with 3/16” thick strips of CCA wood, that was bent laminated and glued with outdoor glue, and then secured using deck screws. I made the woven lattice sections with the scrap strips from the bent lamination work.

The cutouts in the bottom were Christian symbols, a Cross, a Fire, a Fish, a Crown, and a Dove.

Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou

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8 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-01-2007 01:00 AM

Nice work, as usual, Mark. The groom looks pleased, but then maybe it’s his bride that brings out that smile.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Joel Tille

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#2 posted 08-01-2007 01:05 AM

Mark you always think of the little things that add flare to project … I like the cutouts, it takes away the plain side look nicely.

-- Joel Tille

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 08-01-2007 02:45 AM

good design, Mark. I hope it was used for more thatn one wedding.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 08-01-2007 02:50 AM

nice project ? looks like it took a lot of work. makes me wonder where the arbor is now.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Roger Strautman

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#5 posted 08-01-2007 04:50 AM

As normal the quality goes in before the name goes on! LOL!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#6 posted 08-01-2007 05:36 AM

All I can do is dream that I would be half this good one day Mark. :-)

Just a beautiful piece of work!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 08-01-2007 05:48 AM

I like it, but I like all of your work, Mark.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Mark A. DeCou

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#8 posted 08-13-2007 02:23 PM

There was a comment about how the Arbor looks “today.”

I baptized my daughter Rachel on Sunday in the swimming pool at Morning Star Ranch, which is a ministry of World Impact. I used to work there a few years ago. This Wedding Arbor is part of the Morning Star outdoor decor, and is still being used there. It sits in the park area looking stately.

It looked like the paint job has been refreshed some, and everything looked good still. The place is only about 10 miles from me, and I think I will get over there and take some better photos and some closer photos of the art cutouts in the side panels.

I used cca treated pine and cedar for the material, which should give it a few more years before repairs will be needed.

thanks for your kind comments,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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