READERS…many apologies! I was trying to cut and paste Woody Dukes’ excellent emails about the recent repairs of gates and fences and arbors at the garden. Unfortunately all the visuals failed, so here, in my own words is what happened. As Woody began to examine the arbor and several gates, he found the rotten members were in worse shape than he originally imagined. He had to remove the arbor completely to rebuild it, he had to rebuild the gate to the service area, he had to reset posts and cut decorative motifs…i.e. A LOT OF WORK! With the excellent assistance of Christopher Hackett, David Lichter and Don Roberts, the work is coming along nicely. Woody chose not to use pressure-treated posts as they have a modern look, instead to set them in gravel to wick the water away from the posts. He was also able to reuse historic segments froom earlier repairs. In the interest of time (mine AND yours!) I’m just going to include here a long series of process photos without captions, but I think you can readily see what happened! (Sorry for the snafu!!)
The arbor was found to have so much rot that repair would be difficult…
and has he worked along Woody soon discovered that the wood was filled with ants…
the arbor was going to have to be totally rebuilt.
and now it starts to rain for a few days…see you next week!
I am sorry you had so much trouble with my emails Bonnie. The “cut-and-paste” does not work for me either with the Mavericks operating system on my Mac. You summed up my comments very well although they did come through on you blog originally even if the images did not. I could see the pictures on your blog in my browser for the first one but the other three could not be found. Not sure why one would work and not the other three. It seems all is well with the world now.
Oh Woody…it’s all computers…(so I like to believe!) I redcid the first one but to redo all the images on all the others was too time consuming so I deleted and summarized. I’m sure all sup[porters of Gaiety Hollow join me in thanking you for ALL your hard and intuitive work on this project. The end result will be beautiful. BH
Thank you for your kind words Bonnie.