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Grow a living garden chair

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Looking for a loooong-term gardening project? Are you the patient sort? Check out this plan for growing a living garden chair using the technique known as arborsculpture. According to arborsculpture enthusiast (and author of a self-published book on the topic), Richard Reames, creating a work of arborsculpture may take years, however, "the truth is time is an illusion and the sooner one starts the sooner one will have a substantially large tree. Do children grow up fast? How fast has the last 10 years of your life gone by? You see it is all relative isn't it?"

Don't plan on moving anytime soon? Give the garden chair arborsculpture a try. Apart from the initial investment in the trees, there isn't a lot of equipment required. Start with ten long, thin, branchless tree saplings. The saplings should be around six to eight-feet tall. Next, get yourself two five-foot and three four-foot cold rolled, one-half-inch diameter metal bars. Follow these instructions on how to plant, then bend and twine the saplings together and gradually force them into the shape of a chair. The finished chair is perfectly functional -- you can sit in it just as you would a regular garden chair.

Personally, I'm a bit dubious of the whole concept. Somehow, the words "tree torture" spring to mind when I consider it. On the other hand, Reames is motivated in his work by his love for trees and their role in protecting the environment. Then there's the artistic value -- talk about a novel landscaping accent!


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