THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
May 4, 2016 www.watershapes.com
Double the Pleasure
As Jimmy Reed knows well, glass tile can be an unforgiving material. But with meticulous planning and surface preparation, he insists, even surfaces as complex as those he encountered in this project can be tiled efficiently -- without annoying visual interruptions. [more]
All Due Respect
Giving a pond a good Spring workout can be disruptive, as Eric Triplett discusses during this video. But it also can be highly beneficial to the watershape, he says, if the intervention is thoughtful and the goal is to welcome fish and plants back to a safe, healthy environment. [more]
A Finer Purpose
Several years back, Bruce Zaretsky came to a crossroads in his career and decided it was time to be more deliberate about how he gave back to his community. Here's a look at the result: Project Scion, which brings green spaces to rough urban neighborhoods. [more]
Sometimes, watershaping projects flow smoothly from start to finish. Other times, however, the path to integrating setting, hardscape, plants and water within bounds of the clients' desires and budget can be quite complicated. The project seen here falls into the second category, says designer Kathy Marosz, but 18 months of communication, revision and compromise eventually resulted in a tapestry rich in color, texture, style and sound.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in February 2002, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
A Base of Comfort
To soften and humanize the austere appearance of a facility for homeless families, Mark Holden and Jim Bucklin had to create unique systems to accommodate the world's largest ceramic amphora -- something worth seeing if you have occasion to visit Tustin, Calif. [more]
Wow -- Just Wow
The announced merger between the National Swimming Pool Foundation and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals took Jim McCloskey's breath away -- but he's already recovered enough to offer those negotiating the details a pair of important suggestions. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Compulsive Living Dept.: Man builds dream house over a pond so he can fish even when the weather's bad. [more]
A hole in the floor does the trick -- but it's not enough!
Gracious Living Dept.: Canadian gent cuts back on his swimming routine -- but he has a decent excuse. [more]
Wouldn't you slow down just a bit after turning 102?
The Educational Imperative
From the start of his working relationship with WaterShapes, David Tisherman wrote about this one topic more than any other -- but as you'll see here, rarely with the passion he displayed in May 2001. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Pebble Technology Offers 'Luminous' Glass Beads
Pebble Technology (Scottsdale, AZ) supplies Luminous, a collection of iridescent glass beads that can be combined with the company's PebbleTec or PebbleSheen pool finishes to create a glistening underwater effect. The colored beads are offered in three blends -- blue, emerald or jade -- that add new dimension to a watershape's interior surfaces. For details, click here.
Aquascape Releases 2016 Product Catalog
Aquascape (St. Charles, IL) has published its 2016 Product Catalog. The 104-page digital booklet covers the company's pond and pondless kits; filters, pumps and lighting; products for fish and plant care and water treatment; and a range of tools and accessories. There's also information on decorative waterfeatures and on rainwater-harvesting systems. For details, click here.
Check Out Our
Niot long ago, we put finishing touches on a new home-page feature that enables members of the
WaterShapes Professional Network to upload brief pictorials about projects they want to share with consumers who are looking for professional assistance in developing the watershapes of their dreams. This new addition to the network puts program participants front and center -- the perfect way to grab attention and make contact!
Please click here to visit the WPN site, then scroll down to see the projects some of our members have already uploaded.
WaterShapes World (blog)
A recent experience in a Genesis University classroom has reinvigorated Jim McCloskey's longstanding interest in technical education -- and leads him to offer some observations on the value of adding structure and discipline to the unique Genesis approach.