Japanese Garden Pond

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Project by FJPetruso posted 04-02-2012 07:03 PM 1846 views 9 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found some interesting scroll saw patterns in a book & decided to use this Koi for a project. I did some small “Timber Framing” (mortise & tenon) for the “gate to the garden” & used a textured glossy paint for the posts & beam. Lacquered pond stones are glued into the base to represent a Koi Pond. Pea Gravel is used for a matrix around the pond stones. The Koi is sawed from Cherry & placed into a frame with a dark background to highlight the scroll saw work. Then the framed Koi is suspended from the framework by screw eyes. The figure of the cherry was chosen to simulate the look of ripples on the water surface.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 04-02-2012 07:50 PM

That’s awesome!!! Great job.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 04-03-2012 06:20 AM

That is a very beautiful project! Is this a dry pond? I mean, no water whatsoever?

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#3 posted 04-03-2012 11:40 AM

Very nice pattern and you picked a piece of wood that absolutely compliments it. Love the flowing grain pattern.

Great job!


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#4 posted 04-03-2012 01:59 PM

I like. just might have to try something like this.

-- Roger making more fire wood

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#5 posted 04-04-2012 04:00 AM

Yes, it’s a dry pond. I wanted it to look a bit like a dry “Zen Garden”. I thought about using clear resin to simulate water but I’ve seen some similar displays & they start looking bad after a while. I figured just leaving it dry would look better a year or so from now.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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