Project X is here

tehutiJuly 8, 2008

Project X is complete (well 99% complete as the water pump needs to be tweaked a bit) and I have stalled long enough so rather than make you read through a long and tedious message  for the impatient followers of this thread -- Jump to the end for a video link.

For the rest and for those now returning from the video here is the long dreary story.

Project X is now in need of a name; some thing like A Celestial Temple of Reflection. Note the Chinese characters water and temple on the entry.

Okay the plastic water tub holds about 35 gallons and was purchased at a yard sale for $1.00, (Actually I purchased five of them). Above the tub are three shelves from a BakerÂs rack (thanks to all who noticed the previous spelling error and didnÂt mention it) covered with stones (cost about $0.50 each). The Foo Dog statues have been lurking around the house for a quarter of a century (neat huh, really makes them sound old) and were a gift from my brother-in-law. The entry section is from that notorious gumball machine I picked from the trash at a yard sale  donÂt ask. The rest of the parts are similar to the pagodas I previously posted. An automotive vented brake disk, the base of a table lamp  inverted - the glass from a table lamp, free weight plates separated by sections of chain-link fence pipe, and finally a statuary head purchase for me by my DW from Ross stores (just because she was shopping) for less than $5.00.

I have left out a lot of the construction details but please note there is a center section of 2" thick wall pipe that supports the weights they do not rest on the glass. There is no weight on the glass section at all. One additional note: this garden sculpture was assembled and disassembled at least a dozen times to get everything to fit together and on the final construction all parts were leveled to produce the dripping effect from plate to plate.

If you need more info I know you will shoot me off an email  no problem.

Hope you like it.


Here is a link that might be useful: project x

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adina72(z5 CNY)

OMG Robert...that is freakin' awesome!! You amaze me with your never ending talents!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 4:23PM
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Well Worth The Wait!
Well Done Maynard.... Well Done Indeed!!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 4:38PM
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kelly_oh(OH z6)

WOW, oh WOW!! I am in love.
Robert, will you please come visit me and make me something lovely???
The lamp base color - gorgeous,
the head - EXCELLENT shopping Mrs. Robert,
the dogs - perfect!!!
worth the wait, definitely.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 6:51PM
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WHOOOOOHAAAA!!! Mind boggling!! More than just unique!! That obviously took lots of time and thought.


    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 7:22PM
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That is soooo worth the wait. I love it.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 7:27PM
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Bright199(foothills NC)

I'm totally speechless!!!!WOW!!!! That is an awsome color of blue it just pops! I bet the water driping sounds very relaxing. Wonderful art. Thanks for letting us play along.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 7:35PM
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That is spectacular!!! It does deserve a beautiful name!!!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 8:17PM
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princess_mimi(z5 6 OH)

FABULOUS! (as always!) I really love your stuff especially the way that you carefully integrate the pieces so that there is harmony and balance in every composition.

Hmmmm.....perhaps that is the 'Temple of Eternal Harmony'? or maybe...'Unending Peace' or 'Harmonious Water'?

Enjoy! I know I did!


    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 9:45PM
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Renamed to The Great Water Temple of Mai Sun Li.

I don't know why!


    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 10:57PM
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Just when I think you can't surprise, amaze, and delight me any more than you already come up with something like this!!! I am totally blown away. And how wonderful your wife bought the perfect topper for this fantastic creation.
Robert...YOU ROCK !!

hugs, Karen

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 3:59AM
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Double Ditto all of the above!
They just get better and better Robert.
Your wonderful to share, I know first hand cuz I emailed you and you spilled your guts. LOL!
Keep um coming!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 9:59AM
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There isn't a word in the English language that can describe what I think and feel about The Great Water Temple of Mai Sun Li. It invokes an emotional spiritual response I can't quite explain, but it feels so goooooood.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 11:40AM
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HOW DO YOU DO IT!!!!!You continually come up with the coolest stuff! What a great craftsman you are. I have to beg to differ with you about the name, I think it should be"HE WHO MEDITATES ON NEXT PROJECT"! You are truly a classic, Robert, wonderful creation and well worth the wait! Looks like Mrs. Robert might change your mind about doing "people"!!! She might bring home other body parts next time!!Maybe she is trying to give ya a hint!! LOL!!blessings-sherri

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 11:46AM
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Sorry gang but please don't use Mrs. Robert.
My DW is Janie.


    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 11:51AM
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Robert - This is an amazing piece...inspired and constructed by an is WONDERFUL! I am sure you and Janie will enjoy it for a long time! Thanks for sharing Project X .... is there a Project Y in the future? Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 10:47PM
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truly awesome.....especially for one who has wrestled with 2 cast iron washpots and heavy rocks for the past week trying to achieve the- APPARENTLY- impossible!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 11:01PM
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Thanks !! Again..... You are SO Creative !!!
I appreciate your artistic Talents and Ability
to not only think of... Create... and then
teach us how....
You are a Very Special Guy !
& a nice Garden Junk Buddy to have !!!!
Thanks for the Pics
and the IDeas & The instructions !
God Bless !

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 12:08AM
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Sorry, Janie, I didnt know your name!! Thx for letting us know Robert, although I am still kinda new here, you probably have told us before!! Anyway, great to put a name behind the help in some of your mastermind creations, you two are awesome! blessings-sherri

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 10:42AM
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That is so wonderful! What a great talent you have!


    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 11:19AM
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AWESOME creation Robert!!! And love the video... it's just so nice to hear the trickling water sounds!!! It is encouraging me to get my pond built! And a fellow Janie too!!!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 7:16PM
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Absolutely amazing, Robert! Now all you need is a Japanese Maple to go with it. Definitely x-tra special. retta

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 10:27PM
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My goodness, Robert, what junk will you put together to create a mind boggling creation next? Are you going to open up your yard as an art gallery sometime soon? You remind me of the creative folk artists around Wisconsin, who with some idle time on their hands, eventually create awesome wonderlands of ingenious creations. I'd love to take a tour of your yard some day! I'd even pay for the privilege! Love the fountain and the name. Janie certainly did find a wonderful top for it and at an amazing price too! Please continue to amaze us with your wonderful and winsome creations!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2008 at 1:57AM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

Wow! Stupendous!

    Bookmark   July 14, 2008 at 4:11PM
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