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Garden crafts
Rudge, Geraldine.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Lyons Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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Jacket subtitle: A practical guide to creating hand-crafted features for your garden.
Metal & wire -- Glass -- Wood -- Willow & coppice wood -- Mosaic -- Slate, pebble & shell.
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SB473.5 .R83 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
SB473.5 .R83 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This unique new book combines gardening and crafts in a practical guide to creating handcrafted features for your garden. Every major craft is covered, including mosaic, metal, wire, glass, pebble, wood, coppice work, and willow. There are ideas for both practical and ornamental features, including decorative pebble paths, hanging glass panels, mosaic pools, wooden whirligigs, driftwood furniture, and willow sculptures.

"Garden Crafts" describes the historical origins of each craft; the diversity of objects that can be made for the garden; materials -- new and recycled -- and where to get them; paints and other finishes; design considerations such as placement and associated planting; and tools and techniques.

Each chapter concludes with two projects to create for your own garden, along with a list of materials required, step-by-step construction techniques, and beautiful color photographs of the finished project in a garden setting.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In garden design, a unique, well-placed garden ornament can effectively complete a planting plan. Rudge's compilation of projects offers exciting possibilities that will spark the imaginations of gardeners aspiring to create either sculptural adornments or functional pieces with a formidable presence. A wide range of materials is presented; glass, wire, and wood, as well as slate, shells, pebbles, and a miscellany of fragments that can be used to produce wonderful mosaic features. From avant garde to rustic, the projects span appealing options for various stylistic preferences. Richly illustrated portfolios show how individual artists construct pavings, planters, gates, arbors, purely decorative objects such as whirligigs, and much more. Historical background provides a context, while basic how-to information and instructions embellish the inspirational color photographs. --Alice Joyce

Library Journal Review

Craftspersons increasingly are taking their creations outdoors, maintaining traditions of garden decoration that go back to ancient times. While many crafters prefer rustic materials, some also use mosaics, glass, and painted wood. These projects by several artists for garden furniture and ornaments were made for specific sites and may need adaptation to fit into other gardens. However, all are interesting as examples of contemporary garden art. This is suitable for public library crafts and garden collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.