23 May 2011

Back Gate: Slats



Whew. We made it this far this weekend on the back entry gate project. After finishing the initial frame, we installed the slats on the frame, requiring much measuring, precision, and leveling. Breath in, breath out...






For this entire project, like all of the other fencing in the garden, we've chosen "rough" cedar. Cedar is naturally resistant to most pests, including termites, and looks lovely fresh and full of color and aged and gray. That process of hand-making things and loving them as they age is very wabi-sabi, wouldn't you agree Ms. Holt? I love the cedar in its young fresh reds and oranges, but equally enjoy the mellowness of its aging grays. 

The posts are simple and easy to obtain 4x4s, the header is a slightly larger 4x6 and the slats are 1x4s. 

Next steps will be to finish the gate, and then on to the pergola. I can't wait!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's terrific! Laura

Pam/Digging said...

Oh yeah, looking good! Very Texas mod.

LindaCTG said...

I'm totally in love with this!

The Curious Holts said...

HEY! You said me!! woot woot! Muchos gracias. I missed these last two posts somehow. LOVING the new design (and the swanky Volvo too.) I'm scouring ideas for a wall/gate thing here at the wabi-sabi house. Hopefully I can just steal your idea and be done with it. And never forget:

Oh cedar makes your life easier...

Annie in Austin said...

The slatted back gate looks terrific with your garden, Lee - love how you did the precision work!

My husband recently replaced our gate - he added a tall cedar header too - mostly for the old climbing rose. I requested a painted gate but he left the cedar to age naturally. Learning to mellow is an ongoing process.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose