I talked to our backfence neighbors, and they had a really nice fence with landscaping that went right up to it. They didn't want to expand their yard and told me I could have it. I watched the sun every day in the summer and found it arcs across the ditch every day. Looks like a good place for a berry patch to me.
The fence fell down of it's own accord and I dismantled it and saved the wood, knowing I would have a use someday for the old, worm-eaten, rotted cedar, I just didn't know what. Over the next few seasons, I filled in the ditch with what I had but it wasn't enough. This year a friend of mine found some topsoil and had it delivered to our driveway. I had my fifteen year old son shovel the dirt into a wheelbarrow and wheel it back to the ditch to fill it in. I had him do it because I wanted him to understand what kind of work he'd be doing for the rest of his life if he didn't pull good grades at school.
As I was poking around on some of the Halloween sites that I haunt, I came across plans for a coffin made of fence planking. Immediately I remembered that I happened to have alot of fence planking and went to work. The site where I found the plans was, http://www.scarefx.com/project_coffin.html.
To do this build I selected the planks for the bottom and sides that would be durable first and rotted second. For the top I selected planks that were rotted, worm-eaten, broken and knotted, even a little warped. Just the way I like them. Before I display it, I'll age the fresh cut edges of the boards with a little Raw Umber wash. That should do the trick.
I think it turned out fairly well, and when I display it for Halloween, I'll find something to do with it, like putting one of my skeletons in it or cobwebbing it a bit. Maybe I'll have fog and lights come out of it, who knows.
Here's some pics.
|Knothole on the side|
|Rotted boards at the end|