''That's the nice thing about building these places. Nothing is predetermined. You stand there with a pile of twigs and branches and then you work up a pattern, a feel. It's 'It lacks a little something.' You kind of sculpt them.'' -- Peter Torrance, a modern-day Adirondack camp builder.
I started with a pile of limbs.
The ends were set 22" in the ground using post hole diggers.
The curve of each branch interlinked with its opposite neighbor.
Side pieces were interwoven the way wattle is constucted.
Wattle trellis to support floppy plants, from an earlier time.
DH showed me how to wire the joints with stainless safety wire to stablize them .
I miss Cur, he was a faithful helper.
In the fall, when I rake pine straw, the stick house makes good temporary storage.
There's a Cecile Brunner rose on the west side that has taken her time growing toward the top.
On occasion I plant some sweet peas on the east side,
or cypress vine in the summer.
A more recent pic, from July, 2009.
There are some chairs in the stick house, but we rarely sit in one.
I think the term for a structure with no real purpose is a folly.
Do you have a folly in your garden?