Anyone have experience in working with trellises and other outdoor structures made from cut trees and branches? I've tried to find instructions online and even bought books but they all use fresh cut pieces and I am looking for ones that use whole trees and limbs . I have a basic idea but am not sure if they need to be bolted, nailed or screwed together and what type of metal would you use? If anyone has the Country Gardens magazine for Fall 2006, the things I am talking about are in the "Following nature's Course" starting on page 58. I like the railing with the logs and twigs and the arbor.
Any advise of help will be appreciated, we have lots of 6" and smaller logs we need to do something with!
Thank you goldfinch4
here is a link to a site that should give you some ideas. http://www.danielmack.com/
if you have any questions as far as joining the pieces just let me know. i,d be happy to help if i can.
Thank you cranbrook2 and goldfinch4! John, I am ging to take you up on your offer for joining advice. Since I want to make outdoor structures and most of my wood is sweet gum, what would you suggest to do to join the wod together? Do you think zinc screws are the best or should I drill holes on the uprights and put waterproof glue in to hold the twigs and side posts in place on say, an arbor (not too ambitious, am I? )? We are in zone 6 so the winters are a little cold, summers can get hot and the climate itself is very damp at times.
Magwar, an arbor sounds great... I am also looking to add an arbor or high overhead trellis to my side deck for grape vines. It has to be 10' and attach to the existing deck, railing and side of our house. It'll be a big project, and since I haven't done one before (just Adirondacks, tables, picnics) I am a little "shy" about that spring project.