Eddie J

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April in Your Garden

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 20:35

That is a real shame Sue. It is bad enough  when events like this happen just through bad weather, but when a problem is already known, that really grates. We had a similar thing with a neighbours tree in the last lot of bad weather. I told the neighbour that their tree was dangerous, but they choose to ignore me, and sure enough it fell down across not only our garden but two adjacent ones as well. People are sometimes just so ignorant about taking advice, how ever well put.

David, that view is stunning.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 20:01
Inkadog wrote (see)



Just a couple more before and after of the front.

Again late 2008, and then just a few mins ago in bad light. The remaining firs are in the neighbours garden, or they wouldn't be standing now either. Again all work was carried out by myself.



April in Your Garden

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 19:37
kate1123 wrote (see)

Eddie seriously? that is some renovation.

And that is just the front!!

The edit facility ran out to soon, this should have gone in the middle.

All work was carried out by me. I must be mad!!!

The steps are still just about intact behind the ladder.


April in Your Garden

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 19:30
kate1123 wrote (see)

The list of jobs is getting longer though.

I find that I am my own worse enemy for that. I finish one and add three more that didn't even exist.

On the before and after theme.

This was the front garden at end of 2008. Black arrow points to overgrown steps.


And today, with the same steps just about in view on left.


April in Your Garden

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 17:51

More lovely photos to look at.

Even with the rain, I really can't handle being indoors. So today has been spent splitting firewood, clearing the council storm drain in the verge outside the house. That jobs really narks me, as I shouldn't have to do it, but do. I then managed to sneak off to a local garden centre and came back with a rhododendron and azaleodendron. After planting these, I forked over a couple more boarders, collected a load of pine cones for another sculpture, then last of all spent half hour or so pushing yet more sticks into the bee hive log stack.

Sadly time just goes way too quickly.

organic lawn feed

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 17:08

I've gone through my fair share of lawn fertilisers over the years, both orgainc and not.

One effective and free method is ash from a fire. Obviously you may need a fair bit of it, but it is a very effective method.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 20:32

I'd like to say thanks to you Kate.

By asking your question you have given me much more to think about. I find that sculpture and art as a whole becomes very boring and stale and needs to change. In many respects isn't that just the same with both nature and our love of gardening. The seasons change and bring a freshness with each change, and we are always changing plants, or moving them and pruning them. I had never appreciated that there is a link to everything. Sadly I have to shot off now, and will try and finish this a bit later.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 18:52
kate1123 wrote (see)

Eddie do you plan your sculptures then look for wood or does the wood inspire you?

It's a bit of a mix of both. I'm currently very keen on using wood that I just pick up from the side of the road with no real idea in mind. Usually I will spot an aspect of the grain in the wood, or a particular knot, and an idea will develop. I guess that the shape prior to working the piece of wood also forms many a theme.

Very often I will start with one idea, and end up with something completely different.

The piece that I did this week was a prime example, as the layout changed from the initial concept. Oddly I often don't like what I produce and it takes a while for me to accept things. Again the piece this week was just such an example. It was very much a rushed piece and felt almost as though I was just churning it out. Two days on and I now look at it and really like it.

I now like it enough that when I looked out of the window this morning, I was instantly hit with an idea of what to make next. I'm going to make two more identical pieces, but with differing height levels. One tall, one medium and one small. Then in a plant fashion, I shall set them out into a group of three, almost though they are coming out of the ground. So I guess that in this case, nature and garden planting has given me the idea.

This one will be the medium size piece.


I don't ever look at what other people have created, and to be honest don't even know the names of any other sculptors. I sometimes get ideas from ornaments in peoples homes or from items found on Google images, then adapt them to suit an idea.

This is a prime example.


I really love the flow and sweeping curves, and whilst I haven't made anything like it yet, one day I shall create something that echoes it.

I also love technically difficult pieces that are very symmetrical in shape. I often need to tax my brain to keep focused, and a piece such as the totem pole is a prime example. I have long forgotten how long that it took me, but every cut was marked and cut by hand with no power tools used. I guess that it was approx 70-80hrs work in total and I only made two slight over cuts in the whole piece. Luckily I was able to sand them both out.


And to show the scale and size of it, here it is with a mobile phone sitting on it.


I'm also a bit of a sucker when it comes to attention to detail and I've never been happy with anything that I have ever made, be it at work or with my hobby of sculpture. And finally, the one thing that holds me back is money and time, or rather the lack of both.


April in Your Garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 17:33

I decided to get on with raking out dead thatch from the lawn and over seeding a few bare areas. It is one of the few jobs in the garden that I consider to be rainy day jobs.

The only other useful thing that I have done is to plan the next two sculptures for the garden.

rainwater storage

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 20:53


If you aren't trying to promote your business for free, why not remove the company name from the thread?

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