Making Bentwood Trellises, Arbors, Gates & Fences

Making Bentwood Trellises, Arbors, Gates & Fences

by Jim Long, Storey Pub.


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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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580170512
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 01/05/1998
Series: Rustic Home Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,209,932
Product dimensions: 8.03(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

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 & Gardens' Deck & 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

Common Vines

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

Arbor Designs

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


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