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Long has written a friendly, conversational book about bentwood garden accessories, some fantastic, others prosaic or elegantly simple. In nine main chapters, he covers selecting wood, making a basic trellis, more elaborate and decorative trellis designs, bentwood gates, bentwood fences, arbors, and trellises made without bentwood. He discusses the selection of plants for your structures, and finally, adds a chapter on simply enjoying your bentwood structures, even going so far as to include a few yummy recipes for muffins, teas, and shortbread to savor in your newly created garden environment!

The techniques outlined by Long can be easily adapted to your own individual designs and creative ideas. As Bertha Reppert, the founder of the Rosemary House, says, "I shall never look at plant prunings the same way again." Bentwood garden structures offer a natural, eye-pleasing alternative to plastics and mass-manufactured garden installations, making use of the garden itself to generate construction materials that might otherwise end up burned or in a landfill. --Mark A. Hetts

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"I shall never look at plant prunings the same way again." -- Bertha Reppert, herbalist, author, lecturer, and founder of The Rosemary House in Mechanicsburg, PA
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Product Details

  • Series: Rustic Home Series
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Reprint edition (January 5, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158017051X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580170512
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 25, 2000
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If you love the romantic look of twig trellises, arbors, gates and fences (not to mention wattling), this is the book for you! Using raw materials that most people have or can get for free (and Jim Long tells how to do this, too), the reader is led through the step-by-step process to make a variety of pictured designs.
Long also tells what tools and materials you need, how to make a work space, how to construct the basic trellis, and how to install it (including securing it in the ground). There's even a chapter on selecting plants for your new trellis. Best of all, Long reveals the trick for actually getting your creation to look like the picture (hint: it involves a picnic table).
This is a book for dreaming and doing!
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The illustrations were very good as a first time person to trellis making, I found this book very exciting. The author made it simple for people to follow and do the project. I liked the detail he gave for making each project. Making arches to gates for your flower garden, they are all nice pieces of art. He tells also what is great to grow on the trellises. Thanks
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I reviewed several books before buying this one. It has precise directions for what kind of trees to use, when to cut them, and exactly how to put them together. Written in clear language by someone who has created many of these structures, this book is also a wealth of ideas, designs, practical instructions for building and erecting all sorts of outdoor twig structures.
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I love this book. Its very inspirational with all of the detailed photos and instructions on how to build bentwood trellises, gates & fences. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to delve into rustic garden pieces that are not only decorative but functional as well.
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This book gives good directions and shows many attractive ideas. I am going to try a living fence and some supports for pole beans in the garden-that should be much prettier than the metal posts and twine I used last year.
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I made my first trellis this past weekend based in his design. It will be perfect with the plants I have for it. Easy directions, pictures lay it out step-by-step and plenty of room for creativity. Thank you, Jim Long.
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This is a small book but it has lots of good illustrations and directions of rustic creations that will inspire readers to start making their own. The first impression of the contents is a "dated" look, but after reading it front to back several times, I realized that's exactly the timeless, rustic, nostalgia I wanted. The only thing I think it lacked was good color photos but I'll take my own soon.
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SO many ideas! Beautifully illustrated! The author speaks clearly and enthusiastically about this hobby! Though I have not been able to round up the materials or even begin a project - this book is definitely on my 'to do' list!
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