Junkyard fountain

(Pony) Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

I made a fountain out of an industrial dough hook, some aluminum conduit, hose clamps and chain. Got the dough hook at the junkyard, and the rest of the parts were just stuff we had lying around. (except for the pump) The hook sits on a false bottom which is an old grill from a barbecue, then rocks are piled around it.

The water runs up through the conduit and down the chain- the sound is really nice. :)

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(Kim) Philadelphi, PA(Zone 6a)


Victoria Harbour, ON

Novel idea..bet the sounds are soothing...

Paxton, FL(Zone 8a)

Very creative!

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Super creative. Great job.

Webster, WI

Awesome! No junk is safe from us T2T people!

(Pony) Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

Thanks, folks. :)

Nahunta, GA(Zone 8b)

That is just great! Good job on this piece.

Santa Rosa, CA(Zone 9b)

Great idea!

I really admire people who can look at an object, like the dough hook, and see a fountain - amazes me.

(Pony) Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

Thank you! Fountains are a passion of mine. I usually make tabletop ones- (mostly out of oyster shells) this was my first outdoor fountain. Once we get our new yard more landscaped I intend to build other fountains for outdoors. :)

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)


I love it!

(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

It amazes me too how people can look at an object and create in their mind. I need someone to draw me a picture, than I can see it made up. LOL ^_^

mulege, Mexico

Very creative. It would look great in my garden. Remind me too check the dump for dough hooks. I think I have everything else in my collections.


Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

Very clever! Bet you could do a lovely Rain Chain from the gutters with your ideas!

(Pony) Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

Bedouin, you read my mind. I have actually been contemplating some ideas for rain chains... they're so bloody expensive to buy retail. I think I could make some nice ones without spending a lot. ;)

Fort Lauderdale, FL(Zone 10b)

I agree re the expense. I've seen pictures of actual chains being used very effectively, ending above river washed pebbles for drainage - your use of the chains reminded me of that! Of course they could also be suspended above 'rain barrels' or channeled into 'streams' or waterfalls. However....when the dry season comes....

I wonder if one could make the rain chain 'cups' from hypertufa?
The thrift shops carry masses of silverware - obviously no longer wanted - lots of sugar and milk containers, bowls etc! Even pretty tea cups! Drill bits for ceramic/metal would certainly make short work re suspending them!

(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

All the silverward and cups, etc. would make a great rain chain. Too bad we don't get much rain, California is always in a drought mode.

(Pony) Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

Yeah, rain chains are what inspired the design on the fountain. I hadn't thought of teacups- that would be cute! I use my Dremel with a diamond grinder tip to make the holes in my ceramic tabletop fountain bases- (for the pump cord) that would totally work on teacups, too! Oh, man.. too many ideas... LOL!

I also have some individual metal cupcake tins that look like the scalloped paper cup liners you put in muffin pans- I definitely want to try making a chain with them.

(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

The metal muffin tins sound perfect. Can't wait to see your project when it is finished.

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