This book features all-new projects aimed at the honest trend in garden and yard decoration-rustic structures and accents made from green wood, soldered copper, weathered wood, rough cedar, unfinished iron, and other common materials. Rustic ornaments and structures now dominate most garden centres and arboretums, some structures sell for hundreds of pounds, using materials that can be acquired for a fraction of the price. Given the expense of these pieces, the cost savings offered by doing it yourself are enormous. The book opens with an idea section demonstrating how rustic structures and accents can transform the look: of a landscape. A section showing where to find green wood and other materials, and how to work with them follows this. The heart of the book is 20 plans and step-by-step directions for a wide range of projects. Projects include: rustic bird houses and wildlife feeders made from weathered cedar; arbours and trellises made from rough willow branches; a garden bench made from bark-on branches shaped by an axe; a garden obelisk made from soldered copper allowed to weather; woven-twig garden edging.
Dawn King has taught the art of creating bark-on garden art pieces to hundreds of people at the McLaughlin Woodworking Museum in Kingston, Ontario, and her work has been featured in magazines.