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Nothing combines natural beauty and functionality more gracefully than a rustic bentwood trellis, arbor, gate, or fence for your garden. With the simple step-by-step instructions in Making Bentwood Trellises, Arbors, Gates and Fences, you'll learn how to collect limbs from a wide variety of native trees as a part of routine pruning and then use those limbs to make beautiful, sturdy bentwood projects.
Featured are dozens of charming design ideas to suit any landscape, plus simple installation techniques. There are even designs that don't require bentwood, including a Craftsman-style arbor made of driftwood. A list of vining plants to grow on your trellis or arbor is also included.
Using natural materials and borrowing shapes from nature as well, bentwood is a perfect accent for gardens and yards. With simple step-by-step directions from Jim Long, you will learn to collect limbs from a wide variety of native trees as a part of pruning and then use those limbs to make beautiful, sturdy, bentwood projects. Featured are dozens of charming design ideas to suit any landscape, plus simple installation techniques.
Turn discarded branches from your routine pruning into sturdy and beautiful bentwood projects for your lawn and garden. With Jim Long's easy step-by-step instructions for creating durable fences and picturesque trellises from salvaged tree limbs, you'll be inspired to build your own unique landscape features. Add life to your creation with one of many suggested climbing plants and watch as your structure becomes a vibrant, blooming sculpture. You'll soon be enjoying a lazy afternoon resting in the dappled shade of your homemade bentwood arbor.
Nothing combines natural beauty and functionality more gracefully than a rustic bentwood trellis, arbor, gate, or fence for your garden. With the inspiring photographs and step-by-step instructions in Making Bentwood Trellises, Arbors, Gates & Fences
you'll learn how to make beautiful, sturdy bentwood projects.
In addition to dozens of romantic, easy-to-make designs, you'll find installation instructions, growing information about 40 popular vining plants, and guidelines for harvesting limbs responsibly. A special section offers recipes and entertaining idea for full enjoyment of your bentwood creation.&n
About the Author
Co-owner of Long Creek Herb Farm in Oak Grove, Arkansas, Jim Long is also an herbalist, author, landscape designer, and syndicated gardening columnist. His business and gardens have been featured in Gourmet, Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens' Deck and Landscape Planner, Country Garden and many other magazines, and he has written articles for Organic Gardening, Garden Design, and The Business of Herbs, among others. His "Ozarks Gardening" syndicated column appears in newspapers in Missouri and Arkansas. Additionally, Jim has been a regular contributor for the popular "Down to Earth" column for The Herb Companion, and has taught adult education classes on herbs and writing for Southwest Missouri State University and Drury Community College. He is a member of the Herb Growers and Marketers Network, the Herb Society of America, the Garden Writers Association of America and The Author's League. Jim lives on the Missouri-Arkansas border in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. Jim has written the books Bodycare Just for Men, Making Bentwood Trellises, Arbors, Gates and Fences and Making Herbal Dream Pillows, which features the work of award-winning illustrator Dagmar Fehlau.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 Selecting Wood
Determining What Type of Wood You Need
Finding a Source for Wood
Working with Green Wood
Common Types of Wood
CHAPTER 2 Making the Basic Trellis
The Tools You Need
The Materials You Need
Making a Work Space
The Basic Trellis
Securing Your Trellis in the Ground
Installing Your Trellis
CHAPTER 3 Decorative Trellis Designs
CHAPTER 4 Bentwood Gates
Design a Gate to Fit the Purpose and Place
The Basic Gate
Installing Your Gate
CHAPTER 5 Bentwood Fences
Variation on a Trellis
Installing Your Panel Fence
CHAPTER 6 Arbors
Suggested Trees and Plants
CHAPTER 7 Trellises Without Bentwood
Using Available Materials
CHAPTER 8 Selecting Plants for Your Bentwood Structure
Suggested Vining Plants
CHAPTER 9 Enjoying Your Bentwood Structures
A Meditative Retreat
A Creative Retreat
A Backyard Garden Party
A Place to Celebrate the Fruits of the Earth
Observing the Seasons