Garden Ladder

Ray made this ladder for one of my clients who needed a support for her White Wisteria sinensis alba.  It looks great with the vine attached to it.

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What a view!

The pergola was built a few years ago.  The Western Red Cedar has aged to a beautiful silver grey.

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Privacy Fence

This fence was built on Block Island for a friend/client who wanted to add little privacy to her garden area.

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Arbor Gate for the Vegetable Garden

Last year Ray put up deer fencing for the vegetable garden on Block Island, but he ran out of time to put in the entrance gate. He finished it last week just before we came back to Durango and it has been worth the wait. It’s really beautiful!

The 4′ x 4′ posts and arch are made of rough cut Eastern White Cedar and the gate is made from Western Red Cedar using mortise and tenon joinery. The roses ‘Heritage’ and ‘Darlow’s Enigma’ planted on either side of the gate are going to look really great growing up over it. I can’t wait to get back in July to take photos of the entrance surrounded by flowers.The archKea and Sage were not impressed.

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A Carpenter and a Gardener

Mary Beth: This is where it all started, my father’s gardens on Block Island. From a young age I helped my father in his gardens. As a child I initially found it to be a chore, but as time went by the hours I spent together with my Dad, digging in the soil, weeding and planting, instilled his love for gardening in me. Now it’s all I want to do.

When I’m gardening I’m constantly thinking of ways to make the garden more pleasing to the eye. Garden structures are a great way of adding beauty to any garden. Structures can have practical functions like supporting roses or tomatoes, or they can be whimsical — a piece of artwork to draw your eye or serve as a focal point in the garden.

I like the combination of these two ideas and this is where the carpenter, my husband Ray, comes in because although I know my way around the workshop, I’m a bit of a hack. Ray, on the other hand, is not. He’s a fine craftsman and we make a great team: I describe what I need and he takes it from there, adding his creative spin on my request. He always amazes me with his practical, highly functional works of art.

Our blog will be a photo blog showing past and present projects from Ray’s wood shop and my gardens. We hope you enjoy it!

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