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Latigo
06-05-2008, 08:36 AM
Believe it or not, this is not made of rock at all. Its a dense cast urethane that weighs a nominal 32 pounds a cubic fooot, so its not particularly light, but it shapeable, bondable and can be made permanent and maintenance free for exterior use........ and its not the crapola foam little-old-lady features you see in harware stores.

It began like this with scrap meterial from other large mural carvings.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/WaterfallB1.jpg

It ended like this, carved into rock shapes, dry brushed, airbrushed and then overcoated with Glisten PC. Glisten is a two part clearcoat that is a UV inhibitor but, more inmportantly, it encapsulates whatever it coats with a rock-hard surface making it impervious to heat, cold, water and even sandblasting.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/WaterfallB2.jpg

A water feature like this can be carved into any shape whatsoever. This one has a flat back but it could be a corner shape, a central garden shape completely in the round or even a 40' long wall shape. Whatever.....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/waterfallA3.jpg

It has a 15 gallon water tank in the back to cycle the water down the face from both sides. The submersible pump could be in an exterior pond with the water feature in the center, on the side or even as a pond raised wall.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v87/zfk3155/waterfallA2-1.jpg

The plants aren't real but they look real up close are also impervious to the elements. Its not easy to see but there are 18 small frogs hidden around the plants. Nobody yet has guessed that its not made of real rock even standing inches away from it.
I'm definitely not pitching these here, but we make them for rock and landscaping companys in our area. They'd be a bit much to ship to anyone so we make them primarily for local companys. I'm showing you this one to give you ideas for marketing possibilities for your own companys. You can always expand your services beyond mowing without a ton of money invested in specialized equipment. A few of our local companys do mowing primarily, but offer water features having nothing more than a carved water feature, rocks and shovels involved, and the cost factor is a fraction of real rock construction. The one shown is 8' tall and weighs a nominal 400 pounds.
Pretty cool, eh?

Latigo

Latigo
06-05-2008, 08:51 AM
Forgot to mention............ Two of the companies that use these water features use some real rock, shale and granite around the bases to blend them into the ponds. Colors of the rocks can be made to complement the real rocks used for effect or even the color motif of the yard. When its all done you truly cannot tell the difference between the cared feature and the real rock used around it.

Latigo

Venturewest
06-08-2008, 12:07 AM
It looks like a wedding centerpiece. That is pretty neat how you can shape the foam though.

Latigo
06-08-2008, 09:03 AM
This one was just made for an Architect's show and tell and had to be small enough to transport to shows.

Latigo

Venturewest
06-10-2008, 07:56 AM
It would be cool to model one directly after a specific little water formation that you find in nature somewhere. Did you use any solvent to give it some of the texture or shape?