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THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
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        August 19, 2015                                                                                                                            www.watershapes.com
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FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Salvaged with Care                                        

If you want to lend a dash of authenticity and visual style to a classic property, writes Robert Nonemaker, look no further than local infrastructure projects:  In older areas, they can supply you with salvaged materials well suited to your clients' driveways, decks and poolscapes.    [more]
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#20:  Organic Spa

It's definitely off trend in the context of most of his current projects, notes Mike Farley.  But as he discusses in this video, some of his clients are still bewitched by the romance of lagoon-style, free-form pools -- and in this case, by a wonderfully inviting rock-rimmed spa.   [more]
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WaterShapes TRAVELOGUE

Water Emotion
 
Spending a fair amount of time observing the countless active geysers in Yellowstone National Park is a must for idea-seeking watershapers, says Jim McCloskey.  It's so deep and rich in design inspiration that he concludes with a direct motivational cue:  'Just go!'   [more]
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ESSENTIAL
Mid-Range Mastery        

Taking inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright and stylistic cues from the client's home, pool designer and builder Michael Nantz worked a bit of backyard magic.  By carefully shaping lines, contours, textures and elevations, he crafted a swimming pool and reflecting pond that balance water with wood, hardscape and landscape -- and accomplished a high-flying design with a decidedly down-to-earth price tag.


This article, originally published in WaterShapes in April/May 2000, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.

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WaterShapes TECHNICAL BRIEFING
Protect and Serve

Natural stone is beautiful, says watershaper Paolo Benedetti, but sustaining that beauty means taking steps in the installation process to ensure easy maintenance and enduring protection.  Here, he offers a detailed guide to what's involved in locking in the splendor.  [more]
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Odds -- and Endings

A friend's phone call about the evolving state of the economy prompts Jim McCloskey to reflect on changes he's observed in watershaping businesses -- many of them leaner, tighter, better organized and better led -- and discusses how important these upgrades may be.  [more]
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WaterShapes WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .

Unhappy Trails Dept.:  U.K. couple invites uproar by bathing their horse in a popular public pool.   [more]
It was just a small pony, but it stirred a big reaction.

 

Naturally Superior Dept.:  A British Columbia park offers breathtaking rides down a big rock waterslide.   [more] 
If flumes in backyards looked this good, I'd sure want one!  
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WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Wanted:  Water Artists  
 
Back in August 2000, Brian Van Bower was inspired to write about watershaping as a unique, creative endeavor -- one he sees as rooted in technology, of course, but also raised by much loftier potential.    [more]  
 
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THE SHOPPING CART
 
Safe-Rain Offers the Waterboy Plus Dry-Fountain Kit         

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(Toledo, Spain) has introduced Waterboy Plus, a dry-deck fountain kit made of stainless steel and featuring a controllable LED lighting system for creation of easily programmable water and light displays.  Available with or without solenoids for a range of control possibilities, the units include angle correctors for mounting on slopes.  For details, click here.  
  
RicoRock Introduces Structural Grotto/Cave System   
    
RicoRock (Orlando, FL) now offers builders an improved system for adding custom structural grottos and small caves to poolscapes.  The new Component System uses lightweight boulder columns and grotto lids that allow for custom design and installation without intensive labor -- everything from simple waterfall overhangs to swim-in caves.  For details, click here
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Welcome All Watershapers!      
Greetings, and welcome to WPN Update! In future editions of WaterShapes, this space will carry brief memos to watershaping professionals -- designers, engineers, builders, subcontractors and consultants -- letting you know what's happening with the WaterShapes Professional Network.  Recently launched by the team at WaterShapes.com, this new marketing service is building unprecedented bridges between watershapers and clients interested in making water part of their lives and environments.
Future notices will be as brief and as to the point as this one:  Watch for them in upcoming newsletters, and please click here to visit the WPN site!
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