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Tabletop Fountains: 40 Easy and Great-Looking Projects to Make Paperback – December, 2000
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Fountains have become increasingly popular home-decor accents, but they can be somewhat pricey. Fortunately, many types are not very difficult to build, and can be made with lots of found materials and garden-center water pumps. Dawn Cusick's directions are good and her ideas relatively easy to duplicate. Her most successful designs are those that direct water to mimic nature by trickling over rocks and shells, or to flow through water-resistant items like brass vases, ceramic faces, or terra-cotta pots. Less successful are those that try to be too clever, such as the gift package fountain, whereby the water pouring over a stack of gift-wrapped boxes inspires nothing so much as the urge to grab a sponge to mop up the spill, or the office desk fountain, in which water cascades down a ladder of CDs set inside an empty computer monitor. And the lack of a source list may prove a hindrance to some, though most of the more specialized materials are readily available at home centers and garden-supply stores. Dorcas Adkins's Simple Fountains for Indoors & Outdoors takes a more elaborate, artful approach, but overall Cusick's book is a good way to begin a fountain-making journey. --Amy Handy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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People love small indoor fountains for their pleasant, calming gurgle and the effect of bringing the outdoors inside. All that is required is a waterproof container, plastic tubing, and a submersible circulating pump. Add some decorative objects to hide the waterworks, and you have a fountain that is as self-contained as a lamp. This book outlines the basics of fountain materials and assembly and provides step-by-step projects by 12 designers. The materials are as ordinary as beach pebbles or as unusual as a recycled computer monitor. A delightful addition to craft or garden collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As an example, the project on page 104 titled "Hand-Crafted Wood Basin" properly indicates "Tung oil finish" in the materials list. However, in step 17 on page 107 she later calls it "tongue oil." Proper proofreading could have avoided simple mistakes as this.
Moreover, the author does not include a comprehensive list of distributors wherein one can find certain components. She does however, indicate various materials can be found at your local "garden centers, gem shops," and also mentions "yard sales, and antique stores including gift and toy stores." While she describes pumps and their design, she does not give a comprehensive list of the pump brands and where they can be purchased.
The author seems to have contacted several builders of tabletop fountains and had them describe how they built a particular fountain. It seems (to me at least) she then transcribed this into her work. Over all, the book is interesting and written toward a woman's point of view. However, as a man (and ladies, don't hold this against me), I know how to use tools. I therefore find her somewhat superficial manner of encouraging women in their use inappropriate. Whether driving a car, flying a plane, or frying eggs... there are proper methodologies to each. And women (as well as men) should learn the proper way to use simple hand tools. The tools she describes in her book are very simple to use and anyone building one of the fountains will have no real problems using them.
At least two of the fountains in this book I feel were totally useless. One uses circuit boards and another is an ugly concrete circle.
As a computer expert for 38 years I know circuit boards very well. While this may be an interesting fountain to some, finding proper circuit boards of the same size may present a challenge. Furthermore, there are very sharp edges to many solder connections where the IC's connect to the board. If one isn't careful, they can cut their fingers. Over time simple galvanic action will also discolor these boards.
The very next project is a "Picnic Basket Fountain" on page 51. The photo is very pretty but I don't think this type of fountain very practical. First, water and wicker don't work well. She has a plastic basin fitting inside the picnic basket and the basket filled with moss. Both the moss and the wicker will absorb moisture even if the water from the fountain never directly hits them. Water will soon be absorbed from the micro spray droplets in the air and the normal humidity which is created around a fountain. This project is also precariously balanced on an open window ledge. As I said: A "pretty" photo but not very practical.
I thought the concrete monstrosity presented toward the end of the book (pages 120/121) nothing but a waste and totally ugly. Furthermore, if one looks closely at the photo, you will note there are two large cracks on both the left and right sides near the top. The base is also leaking and has water discoloration. This would be a very heavy piece to build and the concrete would soon be saturated with water. If the concrete were sealed properly and were painted attractive colors, this project might turn into something appealing. I don't however, find a huge chunk of gray, circular concrete in my den or library to look attractive.
Lastly, the author could have presented far better methodologies for sealing her wood boxes from moisture. Remember folks, moisture and wood don't mix. Oxygen and humidity create wood rot and of course, wood expands and warps when exposed to water. I would therefore rethink the sealing methodologies she proposes for her wooden fountains.
If you are looking for beautiful photo's of tabletop fountains... if you are looking for a beginning "how to" type of book for tabletop fountains, I would purchase this book. For all of its limitations, it does present some very lovely and interesting projects and is easy to read. The price is right for this book and I don't regret buying it.
I'm happy that I bought the book.
I have had this book since 1999 and I have used it on several occasions to make fountains for myself or friends and family. I love it! Dawn Cusick makes this book very easy to follow with the basics about fountains and their components, assembly, and maintenance. With 40 easy projects to choose from I was able to make many beautiful fountains using what she suggested or using components/accessories that I chose myself. These fountains are great as gifts!
The book starts out with the basics including a detailed discussion of material preparation, mechanics & assembly. Design accents & concealers are then described. There is even a section on preventing problems.
Forty projects then follow. There is full-page color photo of each fountain. It is accompanied by a materials list & detailed step-by-step instructions. My favorite is a mask fountain with water pouring from it mouth.
Other fountains are made with a wide variety of easily found materials including tiles, shells, Corian, cement, glass, wood, copper, marbles, clay pots, bamboo, Lego blocks, used circuit boards & old CDs.