Artistic Cedar and Willow Fence

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Project by Flip posted 02-13-2008 06:44 AM 8065 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend, who knew I do artistic furniture, asked me if I could make a curved structure for her garden. She wanted it for a privacy screen, something curved and artistic. She had bought some willow fencing pre-made, 5’ high x 16’ wide and asked if I could incorporate it in the structure. I drew a design using cedar posts. I thought about using naturally bent cedar trees, but they were too hard to find. I decided to bend the posts somehow. I made a sample by bandsawing a 4” x 9’ cedar post into strips, making a form and bending and gluing it back together. It Worked!! I made 2 different forms, 1 a simple curve for the willow fence support rails, and another S shaped form for the top parts. I used a Logman Tenon Jig with my router and made 2 3/4 round tenons on the 5” posts, and 2” tenons on the 3” posts. I laid it all out and driled the holes in the upright post and set it all up in my backyard. I also made a bench on one ond, with cedar branches for the back. I took it over and set it all up with no problem. Then she said she wanted another one, taller and a bit wider. I made the second structure faster and it turned out beautifully!
The first section is 16’ wide, 10’ high with a 4’ bench on one end, and a 3’ section on the other end. the second section is S shaped, 16’ wide, 12’ high and a 4’ section on either end.
She is so happy, and I get great comments on it. The 3 pictures show some of it.

-- Phil Daniels

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#1 posted 02-13-2008 06:48 AM

Wow. A great design. Nice job. Very inventive on the custom bending.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 02-13-2008 07:13 AM

Very cool. I love garden furniture. I am intrigued with the tenon makers.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 02-13-2008 08:03 AM

Wow – that is some creative work. I really like the design and story behind it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 02-13-2008 11:49 AM

Beautiful, natural and non-intrusive. Excellent job, Flip.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#5 posted 02-13-2008 12:51 PM

I love it! The curves and the material seem to blend together to make the fence seem like it’s a natural formation, not a construction. Well done!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#6 posted 02-13-2008 12:55 PM

another “I want” project.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 02-13-2008 12:58 PM

That is beautifu.

-- Jiri

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#8 posted 02-13-2008 01:16 PM

Very nice project Filip. It would be a compliment to any landscaping design. I am going to have to put something like this on my to do list- for later on this year of course.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 02-13-2008 03:37 PM

inspiring !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 02-13-2008 03:55 PM

I like the fence.I have been wanting to do some sort of artistic fence in my yard.Hope you don’t mind if I take a few ideas from your project.

-- Scott NM,

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#11 posted 02-13-2008 04:00 PM

Very cool!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 02-13-2008 04:02 PM

Beautiful work and great design.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#13 posted 02-13-2008 04:19 PM

Very Nice work!! You could make a career out of doing work like that!!

-- Woodworking is Life. Anything before or after is just waiting.--S. McQueen sort of

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#14 posted 02-13-2008 04:53 PM

very original and I quite like the gentle curves that goin two directions. You must of reakky searched for right trees to give that look. Thats something that would look very nice in the general theme of my own gardens.


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#15 posted 02-13-2008 05:10 PM

WOW nice work and it is always nice to get good feedback from happy customers. Loks like someshowcase stuff to me. Thanks for posting.

-- Hope Never fails

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