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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 10:30 pm    Post subject: Wooden Spheres for Garden Reply with quote

Hi All,

Does anybody know where I can get some wooden spheres for ornamental purposes in the garden?

Preferably in the Dublin/Kildare/Wicklow area.

Thanks,

Rach
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rach,

what size? I think that they maybe difficult to find if you want large sizes.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A woodturner may be able to help you out with that. The guild in dublin...... http://www.dublinwoodturners.com/
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 12:13 pm    Post subject: Wooden Spheres Reply with quote

Hi there,

The size would be about 20 to 30 cm diameter.

I had looked up the Dublin Guild of wood turners The guys who had websites looked very fancy and probably out of my price range (works of art though).

I was hoping I could find someone maybe doing it part-time/ as a hobby who may not be as expensive.

Rach
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you considered stone or stainless steel spheres? They are available in Ireland.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 4:45 pm    Post subject: Roundy balls Reply with quote

Another idea. Get some plastic kiddies balls of the size you want. Cut a neat hole in each about an inch in diameter. Make up some runny cement and fill each ball. Leave for week. Cut off the plastic entirely and then paint the concrete spheres with creasote to give a timbery effect? Creasote will burn plants it touches while it is wet but if allowed to dry totally it is totally safe in the vicinity of plants. It also gives a nice healthy odour.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good idea, but why creasote? And isn't it banned now.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:34 pm    Post subject: dem wooden balls Reply with quote

For creasote read "creacote". I am not in the business of propping up a nanny state or a nanny-state mentality. I am an old-fashioned gardener and I hoped I was helping gardeners with minds of their own. I wanted to demonstrate lateral thinking and give a cheap lookalike ball that looked wooden. If they want to knit a wood-brown balaclava for each concrete ball that is ok with me too. Oh! and no offence to be taken Janalee. I know your heart is in the right place cause I've read every one of your posts. lol :roll:
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to go down the route of making wooden spheres try this link http://woodensphere.robhoppe.com/
. If you want to paint a sphere any ball shape will suffice if you can get one big enough. Terra cotta and glazed ceramic spheres are widely available but generrally limited by size. Natural stone spheres in Rainbow sandstone spheres are often confused for wooden spheres bbut are not so prone to weathering.
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