Eddie J

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Work in Progress

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 16:49

Thanks Fairygirl, life, work and health have rather side tracked me.


Paul, to link the tanks together I purchased blanking caps for each tap on the IBC, then fitted plastic fittings and water pipe that I purchased from an agricultural merchants. If you would like further details and perhaps close up photo, just let me know.


I haven't really done anything with the garden over the last year, but this has been my most recent project for it, and I now just have the roof to finish. In truth I wouldn't have even started it, had I known how much work that it was going be.







Posted: 15/12/2013 at 19:28

I design and construct outbuildings, sheds and garages for a living, and often think that I'd love to be able to afford what I construct. Example below. Sadly I never get to lay them out inside though.










The shed/workshop that I built at our last house was this one, which I spent many happy hours in. It was just as a man cave should be, and was a bit of a meeting place for evening socialising with mates.







But since we moved some four years or so ago, other than the shed below that I made to house the usual gardening gear, I have been without a shed. The only cost involved in making the shed below was for the ballast and cement to cast the base. The rest was just salvaged rubbish.










Just this week I decided that the time has come for me to make a proper man cave, so I have decided to convert half of the garage into a shed/workshop. I have only just started the project, but you can get the idea. With any luck it should be neat and tidy inside with everything just in it's place.












Ideas for a woodland garden

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 21:38

Woodland gardens can be so much more than just plants.






Painting what you've grown

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 20:38

If you want to scare intruders at night time, this one would do quite a good job.

Twig Thing..






  Another project that I would love to do, is to take a shop mannequin and cover it completely in pine cones. It would take alot of work, but the result could be very effective. I just need someone to give me a mannequin, as I'm certainly buying one just to do that with. Maybe I should hassle the BBC props department for one!


Painting what you've grown

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 20:00

With all the talk about Verd, I'd forgotten all about this one that is hidden away in a bush.




And here is another hidden away one.



Painting what you've grown

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 16:29
Verdun wrote (see)

Eddie, love that artwork.  The first one....looks,a bit like something's happened to an unwanted visitor!

My nasty little garden warrior takes care of the rest.  Although he is hidden away behind the shed, as he is not the most garden friendly of pieces, so fits in well where no one should be going.




This little fella a bit more garden friendly.






Painting what you've grown

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 15:33

You have reminded me that I came across a poem tucked away at the back of draw a few weeks ago, I certainly don't remember writing it., and luckily for you it has nothing to do with gardening, and is about a nasty spider. 

I've also written a couple of others, but again they don't fit the gardening theme.


I have just moved one of my rustic pieces to a different part of the garden. I like to move them around just to keep an interest.


Something that I have always known but often ignored, is trusting your own instincts and go with them, rather than listening to others. The piece below is and example of just that. I wanted to carve it into a kind of sea horse, but listened to others telling me to make it into a seat/bench. I've never really liked it as a seat although it is actually quite comfortable, and I have now decided to scrap the seat idea and go with my own of making it into a prehistoric sea horse.


Here is a little fun garden art.




Painting what you've grown

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 20:20

The fairy seat is my one and only attempt at hand carving. It was a joint effort between myself and my then much younger daughter. The rest of what I now do is mainly created using power carvers and a band saw. I dabble with chainsaw carving, but the interest in that  isn't really there for me. I just enjoy creating 'garden art' from nothing.

The fairy seat has inspired me to want to complete a project that could really take off and become a life long journey. At the moment it is just a dream, but I'd love to take drawings, paintings etc that are drawn by children and adults with learning disabilities, then carve these works of art into wood, in the same way that the seat has been done. In my mind i would do the carving on lots and lots of individual pieces of wood, that could then be dug into the ground to form a pathway, maze, or garden within it's own right. Sadly a project like this would require a lot of organising and even more sadly major sponsorship, as I could never afford to finance it. One way or another I'm going to do it though.

Anyway back to my own garden, I'll just start with a few pieces of what I'd like to think of as art and add to it. Starting with my most recent piece, and in reality the only thing that I have done this year. I lost a bit of motivation, but over the last few weeks, ideas have started to come back.

Sadly I can't lay claim to this idea, as I simply saw a similar piece in someones garden and went from there.



This was only planted up a couple of weeks ago, but should work out quite well.



This one is still waiting to be planted.



My wildlife area.



My very first piece.



And finally for now, an over view of part of the garden.






Painting what you've grown

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:22

There is some very nice pieces of work being shown on here, and I guess whilst many of us can't paint, there is hidden away in all of us, the ability to be creative. It is just a case discovering what that particular thing is.

I can't paint, or say that I can't as I've never tried, but my creative side is spent playing with wood.  

Playing with wood is a release away from the day to day job, and gives me a way to switch off and create things for others to enjoy.

In relation to creating art that features plants etc of the garden, I like to create things to compliment what is in the garden and give further added interest to it.

I can delete the following example if it isn't seen to fit the thread. I've chosen it as it carved into a tree that we cut down, so extending the useful life of the tree, and it also has another element that I enjoy. It is decaying. Art becomes very stale and I like to see it change. By rotting away, the carving will change and eventually just disappear. Whilst this process is happening, life is given to fungi and various insects etc. It is kind of harmony and balance 







Obviously I have many more examples of work/art, but don't want to add to the thread if it isn't seen as suitable.





Get thrifty

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:33

Many thanks reiver.

I could always take a photo of the last piece in a nicer setting if you wish

I haven't submitted any of my work to "Wood Carver" magazine, but I have done two exhibitions. The first at a garden centre, where I did a demonstration weekend, and the second was at a month long art exhibition.

Also not so much an exhibition, as more of a tour, I have had a local school bring children to the garden to draw the various sculptures. I really enjoyed doing that, and it opened my eyes to look at the garden from a different eye line/height. It was interesting for me to see things from the perspective of a child.

In reference to exhibitions, I'm happiest just doing my own thing at home, and if someone happens to come past and take an interest, I'm quite happy to show them round.

The garden is very much an ongoing project, but I do hope to open it up to the public at some stage in the future when it is all finished.

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