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January 20, 2021 www.watershapes.com
Diving into a Dream
There’s something liberating about jumping from a high perch then plunging into pristine waters below, a thrill that’s as old as humankind, observes Anthony Archer Wills. That’s the dream a recent client wanted for herself and family, a sensation he was all too happy to create in the form of a unique “diving pond.[more]
BENEATH THE SURFACE
Vertical dimensions in floating steps can be critical to walking safety. In our lastBeneath the Surface Detail, we coordinated the human stride to basic step geometry in a plan view, now Dave Peterson looks at this detail from a different angle: an elevation view.[more]
Battle for the Grandkids
While fun has always been a big part of watershaping, there’s a relatively recent generational twist to it, explains Scott Cohen, one being driven by grandparents who are taking a decidedly competitive approach to motivating their kids’ kids to spend time with the old folks.[more]]
Solving world-wide water supply problems might just come down answering complex materials science questions on the molecular level. According to new research, life-saving breakthroughs in the desalination process may be possible by way of understanding the way water moves through reverse-osmosis membranes.[more]
Eyes on Sites
Watershape University launched its 2021 online educational offerings with a detailed primer on site evaluation and surveying in a January Wolfpack Webinar Wednesdays presentation. Taught by Rob Warren, a member of the International Watershape Institute, the presentation covered what watershapers should keep in mind when gathering key site-based information.[more]
Fins of the Father
Unbeknownst to many, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, was arguably also our “founding” swimming enthusiast.Along with helping us win our freedom and establish the nation’s system of government, Franklin had quite a lot to say about the value of swimming – along the way, he even invented swim fins.[more]
Making the Grade
Watershape University recently secured an important benchmark in its campaign to elevate the watershaping industry with its brand of marquee educational programs – evidence that when the Wolfpack sets its sights on an outcome, it does not stop until the objective is achieved..[more]
For years, watergarden specialist Bob Dews has built his reputation by designing and installing streams, cascades and ponds of remarkable beauty and extraordinary realism. Lately, as he explains here, he’s embraced a new trend by executing projects in the front yards of clients who want a bit of tranquility to ease and invigorate their daily comings and goings and greet visitors with the sort of experience previously only found behind these homes.[more]
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in April 2009, has been digitized for all readers.
So You Don’t Have To…
Are Octopuses pH Sensitive?A recent study at Walla Walla University examined the effects of acidic water on octopuses, potentially bringing new insight into both how our activities impact the world around us, and how we’re responding.[more]
We can learn much from our eight-tentacled friends.
Invention of the swimming pool: Because man-made pools date back so far, it’s tough to pinpoint their creation, but historians do think this one in Pakistan is the probably the first. Historians believe it was used for religious rituals and not swimming.
Although empty, it appears to have endured well through the rigors of time.
Pentair Improves AquaTRAM 90+
Pentair(Sanford, N.C.) has upgraded its AquaTRAM 90+ pool access lift. The lift rotates 90 degrees for ease of pool access, and has an increased lifting capacity of 400 pounds. The company also improved the chairs “reach” to clear spa benches and most types of gutters. It includes flip-up arm rests, a comfortable seat with a lap belt. It is fully ADA compliant. For details clickhere.
Fountain People Make Modern Scuppers
Fountain People(San Marcos, Tex.) offers three modern, sleek brass scuppers that are easy to install and operate. The scuppers are made of machined brass and have a natural brass finish. They emit a smooth flow of water and come in five-, 10- and 15-gpm models. Their clean and simple design complements both traditional and contemporary styles.For details, clickhere.
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