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We had a rusty old chain link fence and gate between our house and the neighbor’s that was handy for keeping friend’s dogs and young children in, but did little else except define an area. Aesthetically pleasing? Hardly. Our friend Gail made a concept drawing of some gates for our backyard, and we were thrilled with it.

I helped with cutting metal, grinding and some welding. Gail did the bending, shaping, placing and more welding. Together we completed the project in about a week, working my kind of hours ( 9:00 until lunch).  Yesterday I installed the gates, using cedar posts for support.

Pathway from the street.

Pathway from the street.

Our prarie roots are showing.

Our prairie roots are showing.

Welcome to our patio and Silverspring Studio.

Welcome to our patio and Silverspring Studio.

A view from the patio.

A view from the patio.

Needless to say, the thrill we felt upon first seeing Gail’s design has been greatly superseded by the gates themselves. We think they are a stunning addition to our backyard patio.

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I was looking for information on silicone molds for my rhubarb leaf concrete stepping stones when I came across an inventive individual who made a mixer to mix small amounts of concrete with part of a coil spring from a car.

I did not have a coil spring on hand but had some 7/16 inch hot rolled steel rod left over from helping a friend build a djembe drum stand. I just bent a 90 and then heated the rod and eyeballed a coil at the end. It works great in my 1/2″ drill, but I coiled it backwards so the drill has to be run in reverse. This just seems wrong to me.

cement mixing tool

cement mixing tool

concrete mixer ready to mix cement and pigment

cement mixer ready to mix cement and pigment

If enough people are interested in this tool I could give more detailed instructions or  manufacture some for sale. Leave me a comment.

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