Magazine article Sunset

Make a Rustic Trellis

Magazine article Sunset

Make a Rustic Trellis

Article excerpt

* Bentwood trellises are pretty, but most of us don't have access to the green willow saplings you need to make them. Dry wood, on the other hand, is fairly easy to come by, since trees get thinned and excess bamboo gets harvested. You can make a simple trellis from such prunings, or substitute 1-by-1 stakes from the nursery or lumberyard. The finished structure is 7 feet 4 1/2 inches tall and 3 feet wide. TIME: About 2 1/2 hours (plus pruning) COST: $5, $30 if you buy stakes

TOOLS AND MATERIALS 12 straight branches, limbs or canes, each approximately 1" in diameter. These include (letters correspond with those on drawing above):

* Three pieces, each 3 feet long (A)

* One piece, 6 feet long (B)

* Two pieces, each 5 feet long (C)

* Two pieces, each 25 inches long (D)

* Two pieces, each 22 1/2 inches long (E)

* Two pieces, each 39 1/2 inches long (F)

One box 1 3/4-inch nails

Hammer

Spool of floral wire

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