Garden Canvas

Book-matched cedar bench on welded steel supports.

Dry stack wall. It’s a 3D puzzle with really heavy pieces that don’t quite fit together. Also pictured: cute little baby huckleberry bushes.

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Phase two in progress. Wall and path are complete, and we’ve prepped the courtyard by removing the organic material and laying gravel base.

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Landscape fabric is down. We spent the morning hauling 6 cubic yards of sand and spreading it like some kind of sand-spreaders.

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dB volunteers creating a quick jig to run along the strings and smooth the sand into a level base.

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Michael LeClere gettin’ jiggy with it.

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Erin and Andrew begin laying the pavers. Does anyone have a picture of the finished product?

I was part of the build team for this project, which is an outdoor gallery for the Millrace art studios. We spent several weeks over the summer building the dry-stack wall, laying permeable pavers, and forming an ADA compliant pathway with decomposed granite. Later, we designed and built the bench from a cedar tree that fell on a professor’s car.

In the following year, I helped with site design and material procurement for the second phase of the project. We extended the dry stack wall and DG path into the courtyard. We also layed another 703 pavers, creating the actual “outdoor gallery.”