Zen Garden

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Project by Ryan Richards posted 07-15-2009 12:05 AM 3602 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While traveling I found a desktop zen garden at a tourist attration. Of course when I saw how simple it was I knew I could make one myself. So I did.

It’s made from recycled redwood I found in an old cabinet which probably hasn’t seen the light of day in 50 years. Some sanding brought back the color from the blackness it once was. I chose a simple angular design because it seemed more true to the peaceful mood I wanted to create.

I also made two small rakes meant to draw designs in the sand. I simply found some branches outside and made them by eye. Some playground sand and small round rocks were then added. It is quite peaceful to slowly draw on the sand while concentrating on my breathing. I plan to put it on my desk beside the computer as a reminder to take more breaks. The cat enjoys it too.

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#1 posted 07-15-2009 12:15 AM

this is excellent.
Yes, so peaceful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 07-15-2009 02:58 AM

This is very peaceful…you have even tamed the cat!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 07-15-2009 02:59 AM

Zen garden for the wee leprechauns cool

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 07-15-2009 09:21 AM

KOOL, but I’d keep an eye on the cat near the sand box! I’m sure he likes it:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 07-15-2009 03:53 PM

I didn’t know zen would grow inside. Do you fry or bake it?

Great project. I bet you’ll have requests for these.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#6 posted 07-17-2009 01:07 PM

TopamaxSurvivor stole my thunder…it’s every cat’s dream !
Nice job ! I’m wrapped up with kitchen cabinets that have taken forever to build.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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