'Bamboo' pergola

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  1. devonpete

    devonpete Seedling

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    I had promised to post a close up photo in my blog of the mock bamboo pergola I installed during the summer, but thought it might be of more use here.
    So, here's the pergola again, which is a seating area:

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    ...and a closeup of the modelled 'bamboo' uprights:

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    The uprights are plastic water pipes from the DIY store. Modelling the 'rings' on them was easy...
    I took a 'two-ring' section from a plastic waterfall pipe (which are sort of corrugated like a vacuum cleaner hose), and slotted it around the pole. I then worked up filler above and below the rings, and sanded them smoothish. Left to set, and then painted.
    I joined everything together with strong garden wire, and covered the main joins with thick rope for a 'native hut' look.
    Purchasing actual thick bamboo was not an option, as the expense was more than I was prepared to pay. It turned out that each pole came out at a fraction of the cost...and they won't rot of course.
     
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  3. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Well they definately look the part Pete especially the colour you've painted them. So much more practical, and most definately cheaper, than actual bamboo posts. A job well done!! :-D
     
  4. kuntrygal

    kuntrygal Texas Rose

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    Looks very real and believable. Good job!
     
  5. Netty

    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Looks fantastic Pete! I would never have guessed from the photo that the big poles were plastic pipes. Very realistic indeed!
     



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    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    That's very clever Pete. Did you ever think there may be a market for a plastic bamboo pergola kit? Rush to the patent office! Great work.
     
  7. devonpete

    devonpete Seedling

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    ...now there's an idea. Although, always the gentleman, you thought of it first, Frank.
     
  8. zuzu's petals

    zuzu's petals Silly Old Bat Plants Contributor

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    I absolutely love it, Pete - aren't you the clever one? :D
    I am still very impressed with your homemade cobbles
    that you have at pond's edge, too.

    *zuzu scans the yard outside her window, [​IMG]
    searching for just the right spot to construct an "homage-to-Pete-bamboo-pergola"*
     
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    Droopy Slug Slaughterer Plants Contributor

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    That bamboo would have fooled me until I touched it! Listen to Frank, run.
     
  10. Penny

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    Looks great!!
     
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    bethie Young Pine

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    I really love this clever idea. What type of paint did you use? Did you prime it? :stew1:
     
  12. devonpete

    devonpete Seedling

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    Hi Bethie - the paint is just normal gloss. Over time it'll start to lose it's shine a bit, which will help. I didn't prime it, but suppose you could.
     
  13. bsewnsew

    bsewnsew Hardy Maple

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    That is really a cool idea..
    Plastic pipe comes in that shade and like he said , dulls in time........

    Back here we been knows to take the larger pipes and cut holes in them and make hanging baskets out of them.. Would work as Bird feeders also.

    b
     
  14. LilyPlanter77351

    LilyPlanter77351 Seedling

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    I love this idea! It's absolutly gorgeous! I have always been fond of asian inspired designs and this is no different. I could have kicked myself reading this however since when I lived in Houston my nieghbors and I would pull up and burn out the roots of huge bamboo stalks every summer. It grew year round and multiplied like crazy, too bad I didn't join this forum years ago I could be sitting under a nice bamboo pagoda today.
     
  15. glendann

    glendann Official Garden Angel

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    You certainly did a great job Pete.Looks grand and the paint job makes it look like real bamboo.
     
  16. ericajones80

    ericajones80 New Seed

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    great job....looks amazing!
     

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