A Japanese Bridge for The Labyrinth Garden

November 23, 2021

Reflections, Day 46

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to unchartered land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.”

— Helen Keller

Sometimes I sit and stare. I’m not staring AT anything, I’m just staring off into space. My wife used to wonder if I was upset about something—but she learned—I get that look when I’m working out the details of a project.

One day a friend asked me, “What’s your next project?

“I’m going to build a curved Japanese bridge.”

“What do you want to do that for?”

“A garden asked me to build one.”

He thought about that, “Do you know how to do it?”

“Not yet.”

“Well, what makes you think you can build one?”

“I didn’t say I’m thinking about building one—I said I’m going to build one.”

Santos and Lorenzo helped me. We cleaned out a place in the garage (I had measured the site carefully) and set up saw horses. We used 2x12s for the runners and for the curve we bent a piece of pvc pipe as a guide and drew a line. Then we cut the curve out with a Sawsall. I think there were four of these runners.

We measured and cut out 5/4 treated decking for the floor of the bridge and then cut the uprights out of treated 4x4s.  My friend Jeff Kirk came over and helped us figure out how to do the curved hand railing.

We drilled holes that matched up exactly where they were supposed to go so that it would bolt together easily and be sturdy. It all went together just right.

One of the ladies who had watched from the top of the hill asked,

“John, where did you buy that kit?”

I smiled and said, “thank you.”

—john schulz

Whatever it is—Make it happen!

Quote suggestion by Tom Schulz

Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site johnschulzauthor.com publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, johntheplantman.com which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at http://johnschulzauthor.com/

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