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Prowell's Free-Form Garden Gate #200


 

 

WOOD GARDEN GATE #200

 



A far-reaching busy design with enough going on to merit repeated scrutiny.

Exploring the use of laminated bent trusses and their changing relationship to natural light on acrylic rod.

Western Cedar, African wenge, acrylic rod--

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imaginative Wood garden gates

 

 


Brawley, CA


A site photo sent in from near Palm Springs, California. Approximately one year after installation

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Exceptional wood gates by Prowell Woodworks

 

 

A patient absorption beyond distraction.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prowell building the amazing Wood gate 200

 

 

The upper 1/2" rods patterned to organ pipes. Each rod lights and diffuses one at a time with the changing angle of the sun. The process to go from the far left to the far right rod takes about 30 minutes, with all the various rods within the our gate illuminating in stages.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Stylish Custom Garden Gates

 

 

Showing the laminated layers of the primary arched trusses, penetrated by a rod that is purposefully contorted with a heat gun prior to assembly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Innovative Wood Garden Gates

 

 

African Wenge grids and spines and the stark contrast of the acrylic rods.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

The diffusion of the top rods.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The wenge secondary arches drawing off the primary arched truss with the increasingly open radius of ripples in a pond.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The lower section of the Gate, with it's illusion of continuity through the primary arched trusses.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Matching Driveway Gate #200

       
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Brawley, CA

Both the Drive Gates and Pedestrian Entry Gate, flanked by a stump block wall that is, if anything, serviceable.

       
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wood gates in magazines by prowell

Featured in:
Garden Design Magazine
2013

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Featured in:
Fine Homebuilding
April 2016

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IN-PROGRESS

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A 2-1/4" thickness frame with the two primary arches laminated in a series of 1/4" thick strips and clamped/glued to corresponding forms that eventually lead us to what we see below.

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The layered reliefs added to the arches. The addition of thin wenge splines .

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A continuous vertebrae of wenge joined to both arches. Sculpted might better describe this, locking into place the location of the arches in relation to the spline and gate frame while providing, of course, the needed rigidity of a continuous support in one of the hardest, most durable species of wood on earth.

Suddenly we have definition. Something conceptual defined by the premise of a continuous spine bringing order and truth to an otherwise swooping swooshing splay of shameless showmanship.

(*Six of the last seven words in the above sentence begin with S)


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Section A


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Section A

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Section B

The upper right corner with its Wenge mirrored arches and joined cross-bows.

So far, all of our intersecting joints have dealt with a radius. Unlike joining angular or perpendicular members, this can only be done by hand. A fine-toothed backsaw and an assortment of chisels.

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Section B

A thin spline of Bubinga as both an accent, as well as a joint to the gate stile.

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Section B

The cross-bows joining into the larger arched truss. A small and to most, insignificant, detail.

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Section D

Turning to Section D, Charles browses illustrations from the work of Scottish architect and designer Charles Renee Macintosh to find this odd distorted representation of his signature squares. And we're left wondering how to accomplish this in wood, this wave-like distortion.

 
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Section D

At
the De Young Museum in San Francisco with it's signature 'crack' meandering throughout the foyer and walk, where each stone tile is laid out like a puzzle to extend this 'crack' in a linear, unbroken route.

 
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Section D

Three arches dry-fitted. Along the right stile we use a bubinga spline, or tongue, for our joinery, with tenons joining the arches on the left side to the long vertical spine. Each arch is cut from a different radius, graduating from the more pronounced radius at the top to an almost straight length at the bottom.

How to build a wood gate
   
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Section D

A look at the Section D and B as a visual aligment to one another.

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Section D

Every so often it's a good idea to climb a step ladder and have a look from afar, backing it with a white backdrop to get an idea of not only the proportions, but the levels of your own insanity.

With the Section D arches in place, we'll begin to consider the Macintosh squares in distortion while considering, as well, the use of a continuous acryllic rod bored through the various interesecting planes to simulate, or mimic, the wandering crack in the De Young Museum concrete.

A rod, we'll add, that must be introduced and bored before anything else has been joined and set in place.

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Section D

You're thinking Stop. Wrong. Back up. You were going so well and went too far and caint you jes leave it well enough alone?

No. Unfortunately, no. A general genetic make-up prevents such an approach to anything. Circling the wagons when yer ahead can be a good thing, if one knows when they are ahead. But it can also have you prematurely satisfied with Ohio and leaving the discovery of Illinois and Nebraska and California to someone else. Like the Donner Party, who must have wished they had circled their own wagons back in Ohio.

So, a dictum in this metaphysical turn teaches us to adopt a Westward Ho existence in all matters while balancing the perview of a potential injun attack.

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Section D

Acrylic rod is not a pliable medium. To create the bends, the rod is warmed with a heat gun at each bend.

The left course of the rod will carry on, through the center oval and into the the last remaining section to be addressed. It might then provide its own Oregon trail, from the bottom-right corner of the gate to the upper-left corner in a meandering trajectory.

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Section E

Turning to Section E, representing the last remnaining section to complete and after a few quick false starts, settling on the wenge arch saddled up against the primary framing truss (arrow).

A start. And as always, a start fuels the next step toward a completed section.

An approach no different from how we navigate life. Make decisions, move forward or left or right or even backward, but as physics teaches us, movement begets movement and getting from A to Z is not accomplished with a single leap, but a series of steps that lead to more steps and all of which is better than sitting and thinking, and thinking, and planning, and more thinking.

The Dive-Into-It approach that will leave you exposed to any number of criticisms from a medley of backseat drivers over the course of a life, but that will also repeatedly remind you how there is no definitive scorecard beyond the lasting quality of your instincts.

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Section E

The rigidity of a geometric flush-joined grid is what's neeeded to possibly ground the sum total of free-forming with this gate. And of course not just a grid, but the complexity of a schematic layout that invites closer scrutiny. --Eventually it will compliment the rectilinear presence of the bronze gate latch, aligned to the tight grids just left of Prowell's right hand.

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Section E

 
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The upper left corner expounding with organ pipe protrusions.

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The Section E rods for the 20 seconds or so against the direct angle of the light. Too diffused to even photograph.

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There is often more than a single project under way at any given time. An opportunity to leap from one to another and how that in itself can trigger that mental brouhaha of the forward movement mentioned above.

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