Synopses & Reviews
Nothing smoothes the furrowed brow like the soft lap of wavelets on a lakeshore, the rythym of surf on a barrier island, or the silvery tinkle of a stream falling through the spring forest. At home-in the house or in the garden-the gentle, melodic patter of water spilling from a fountain offers the same tranquility.
Dorcas Adkins, a fountain designer and manufacturer, brings this soothing relaxation to your home using readily available materials, simple crafting techniques, and her own step-by-step instructions. She explains everything you need to know about fountain materials, supplies, and assembly, whether you choose to work with wood, stone, ceramic, or other materials and whether or not you have any building experience.
Throughout Simple Fountains for Indoors & Outdoors, Adkins's can-do attitude will give you the confidence to experiment and have fun: Relax, she urges, and let your creative talents take over.
"A wonderful reference book on fountains...includes 20 projects ranging from simple dish fountains to large landscape fountains and goes into great detail about pumps, filters, and designs. The photographs alone will inspire you to get building." - Sacramento Bee
"...full of ideas on what to use and how to do it, provides directions for a full range of fountains from simple to complex." - Elizabeth McDonald in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine
Everything readers need to know to create elegant, soothing water fountains. Easy-to-follow instructions explain choosing and installing pumps and constructing fountains.
Bring home the soothing sounds of water
The endless murmur and flow of a bubbling fountain adds a touch of elegance to both homes and gardens. Now, fountain designer and manufacturer Dorcas Adkins reveals her trade secrets for making 20 creative fountains-from a small, tabletop fountain put together without a single tool to a dramatic outdoor spouting wall fountain or a full-sized waterfall-and at far less cost than for those found in upscale catalogs. Step by step, Simple Fountains for Indoors and Outdoors explains everything you need to know.
--Tabletop fountains made from shells and stones
--Lava rock bonsai garden fountain
--Cedar water garden with bamboo flute
--Small mosaic fountain
--Concrete and ceramic spouting wall fountains
--Shishi Odoshi(or Japanese Deer-Scare Fountain)
About the Author
Dorcas Adkins lives in Washington, D.C., with Pat Munoz and their two cats, Harrie and Sushi. They share a large garden boasting a pond and five fountains with innumerable tadpoles, dragonflies, and hummingbirds. With her partner, Steve Meyer, Dorcas can usually be found running Adams and Adkins, Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia, making fountains and other garden ornaments for sale to catalogs, retail stores, and individuals.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Materials and Supplies
Chapter 2: Tabletop Fountains
Chapter 3: Projects in Bamboo and Wood
Chapter 4: Projects in Ceramic, Concrete, Stone, and Metal
Chapter 5: Building a Full-Sized Waterfall
Appendix A: Bringing Life to Your Fountain
Appendix B: Maintenance
Appendix C: Mail-Order Suppliers