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Wisteria Arbour Development

Developmental Stages

In many ways the Wisteria Arbour was a challenging project. Large footings were necessary to ensure the columns would remain plumb. The columns themselves were made of fibrous cement and were too heavy to be lifted into place manually, so I welded up a jig that fitted onto the bucket of our tractor. Each column was strapped to the jig and easily lowered into position. It was a pain-staking process nudging and plumbing each column into its precise position. Structural steel poles were then lowered down through the columns and concreted into place. Timber beams were bolted to the steel poles and stainless steel cables strung the length of the Arbour to support the Wisteria as it grew.