I spent some time today meditating in the woods with the original waterfall builder. I also had the time to create some balancing rock art.
I love sitting in the woods next to a waterfall. It is where I get the energy and inspiration to build water features.
I love the art of rock balancing also. It is a very temporary art, unlike the waterfalls and stone work we build to last a lifetime.
A balanced rock will be lucky to last a day. I love the fact that I can spend hours on balancing one rock. Carefully sitting in one place, feeling where the rock wants to sit, listening to the water flowing at my feet.
It can be very peaceful and lead you into a deep mediation, or it can stress you out if you let it.
I love doing temporary art and art that is not paid for. There is a huge freedom in that. I love getting paid to build water features also, but art just for art is very freeing.
Its amazing the connection we can have with our natural surroundings when we stop to look at them and feel them. Rock balancing can bring this out in you very quickly. Its a constant focus and feeling the rocks slightest movement. This can draw you into a meditation on the beauty of nature and creation unlike anything else.
As I sat and pondered the beauty of the natural flowing creek, I was renewed in my mind, thankful for the work I have been blessed with.
Living Waters Landscaping
Here is a video showing the construction of a large waterfall we recently constructed for our clients in Asheville, NC.
When designing a landscape it’s always good to stop and think about some options to make your garden unique.
We built a series of dry stacked stone retaining walls for our client in Asheville recently. In the landscape design process we decided to add a really cool feature into the walls. A little fairy grotto was the idea. Our clients came up with the idea originally. I have seen similar ideas in other walls, but have yet had the opportunity to install one. We thought it was a great idea, for a small statue or maybe a spot for a candle to brighten the feature at night.
So we made a space for the little fairy nooks (3 of them in the finished wall) and began building. We installed some small stone arches that were dry laid into the wall, using only friction to hold them together and some wood support that we removed after we were done.
The stone arch is an ancient technique that I have yet to master.
The history of the arch dates back to ancient Italy where the Etruscan people built unimaginable stone arches as gates to the city. The Romans learned from them and perfected the craft.
To bring a little bit of this ancient art into our modern landscape design brings me great joy.
I love dreaming of new and old techniques to install into the features we create for our clients.
We will move forward, building and learning. Mastering techniques as the Romans did from the Etruscans.
Maybe one day in the future our children will pass on some pass on some skill to another generation to come, that will create a legacy of artistic craftsmanship for future builders.
The wait is over! We finally got enough rain to fill the pond we worked on back in October. After almost 6 months of waiting to see this feature come to life, today it was ready to turn on. We constructed a large waterfall that flows into the pond and a bog filter to keep the pond water clear and healthy.
The pond holds approx. 1,000,000 gallons of water and we have had a pretty dry winter season. Yesterday I went back to check on the pond level and it was full!
This is always my favorite part of any waterfall build, seeing it run for the fist time. It’s always a beautiful experience. When we are building waterfalls, we have to imagine what the water is going to do as we are setting the rocks in place. Carefully choosing stones, creating different types of areas for the water to flow through and visualizing what the water will do when it is turned on. We have to attempt to calculate the volume of water from the pump that will flow through the feature. The process brings me joy and anxiety. I was more anxious with this feature because I knew it would take a while to fill up.
The lighting wasn’t the best today for pictures, so I will post some more later.
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Living Waters Landscaping Asheville