My artist friend and neighbor
Beverly Crow commissioned me to sculpt an arch over her new garden gate. She
created a design inspired by Dogwood branches.
Bev and I chalked a scaled up layout on the concrete floor of my shop.
I used a cutting wheel on my
angle grinder to cut several segments of rebar and we began to experiment with
the shape of two branches arching together.
Using a Dogwood leaf photo as reference, I sketched leaf shapes on 16 gage cold rolled steel.
Bev and I experimented with
the design by moving the components around on the shop floor.
I connected the rebar branch segments and steel leaves using an arc welder.
I assembled the copper
blossoms with JB epoxy glue.
I welded short pieces of steel rod into stamen/pestle elements and attached them on the copper blossoms with epoxy.
I fabricated assembly units at the base of each branch for insertion into the upright posts of Bev’s garden gate.
Bev designed a device to couple the two branch units and I fabricated it in steel sheet and rod.
We assembled the Dogwood branches and Bev used copper tubing to fashion a vine coiling around the branches. I made leaves for the vine and attached them to the assembled arch.
Hats off to collaboration