Couple of recent Handspring garden projects. Driveway gates and an outdoor kitchen.
The Gates where made from reclaimed peroba rosa (aspidospernum spp) supplied by The Cochabamba Project Ltd. Proceeds support sustainable forest and land use in Bolivia. This timber is super heavy, extremely durable, and very difficult to machine! It eats planer blades for breakfast! We where quite worried about the weight of the gates and how to hang them and keep the posts upright in very wet clay, near to trees, and without any walls to support them! Working with our steel fabricators Wayne and Steve Tyree we engineered some chunky adjustable hinges and used steel hollow section to make the posts with a ground beam connecting them.
The outdoor kitchen was part of a garden makeover project, by local garden designer Chris Parsons. We made a Douglas Fir timber pitched roof shelter to house an outdoor kitchen underneath. To match the house we tiled the roof in reclaimed rosemary tiles and used douglas fir battens left exposed underneath so you get a very airy, woody feeling underneath. We used our favorite metal gutters, powder coated to match the house with a rainwater diverter so the rainwater can be easily collected and used on the garden.