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10-year logoBy Stephanie Rose

‘Science tells us that the human eye can see about seven million colors and that our minds instinctively perceive depth and dimension.  This visual capacity,’ noted Stephanie Rose at the outset of her Natural Companions column in April 2006, ‘enables most of us to move around without bumping into things, some of us to swing at and somehow hit a golf ball and, in the case of a beautiful garden (we can hope), all of us sense

 

It's an unusual arrangement, but the three partners in Tributary figured they could serve a vastly broadened geographic base by pooling their firms' design capabilities -- and by using digital technology to eliminate distance as a barrier to their innovative form of collaboration.
It's an unusual arrangement, but the three partners in Tributary figured they could serve a vastly broadened geographic base by pooling their firms' design capabilities -- and by using digital technology to eliminate distance as a barrier to their innovative form of collaboration.
By Jeromey Naugle, Kurt Kraisinger & Shane LeBlanc

This is a story about possibilities pulled within reach by modern technology.

It all started early in 2015, when one of us talked with a friend about the benefits of belonging to a group of like-minded professionals who get together a couple times a year to talk shop, exchange ideas and generally build the kind of camaraderie that’s hard to develop if all you do is

15yearsagoBy Brian Van Bower

‘During the past few years,’ wrote Brian Van Bower to open his Aqua Culture column in March 2001, ‘I’ve come to the stark realization that there are too few quality craftspeople in most geographical areas of our country.  And it’s not just the watershaping trades:  The same holds true for most areas of the greater construction industry as well.’  

‘The hard reality is that, for many people in the trades, it’s easier to do three ordinary jobs in a week than it is to do one challenging project over a month.  I’m starting to think that

10-year logoBy David Tisherman

‘If there’s one thing about the watershaping world that continuously drives me crazy,’ wrote David Tisherman in his Details column in March 2006, ‘it’s the existence and persistence of a sub-professional mindset that says creative designs and affluent clients deserve one set of standards, while projects with more affordable designs can acceptably be built to another, less stringent set of standards.

‘To me, middle-class clients who’ve commissioned modest projects

5-yrsBy Bruce Zaretsky

‘For years,’ wrote Bruce Zaretsky to open his On the Level column in the January 2011 edition, WaterShapes ‘has celebrated the beauty, majesty and positive potential of water in the landscape.  We’ve seen it flowing down waterfalls, over vanishing edges, across slopes and through the air.  We’ve seen what happens to colors immersed in it, how it creates shimmering light patterns, how it works its way over stone and, perhaps most important, the

Given all the details that can get in the way of smooth performance, it's easy to see why it's tough to take a watershaping act on the road. The key to success at a distance is, of course, planning, but as Barry Justus reports, it also helps to be patient -- and lucky.
Given all the details that can get in the way of smooth performance, it's easy to see why it's tough to take a watershaping act on the road.  The key to success at a distance is, of course, planning, but as Barry Justus reports, it also helps to be patient -- and lucky.
By Barry Justus

Working on the road can be tough.  As was discussed in the first of this pair of articles (click here), it can get even rougher when you’re working on a cliff in a remote area and have been asked to build a big watershape in a place where all sorts of environmental rules and restrictions apply and there are also plenty of easy-to-upset neighbors.

I thought we were ready for all contingencies as we prepared ourselves, the design, the plans, the permits and the site.  I was even prepared to deal with the half-load restrictions imposed to protect thawing

5-yrsBy Bruce Zaretsky

‘One of the most common themes repeated in [WaterShapes] is that selecting materials for projects can make the difference between truly artistic designs and those that are either inappropriate or just plain boring,’ wrote Bruce Zaretsky to open his On the Level column in the December 2010 issue.  

‘Materials truly matter, and the importance of knowing your options and

Completing a project at any real distance from your home base is difficult, notes Barry Justus. But with careful planning and project management, it's possible to make it work -- even if you start in the dead of winter.
Completing a project at any real distance from your home base is difficult, notes Barry Justus.  But with careful planning and project management, it's possible to make it work -- even if you start in the dead of winter.
By Barry Justus

Working on a large-scale project is a challenge when it happens even ten miles from your home base:  Big jobs are just plain tough.  But building that same project 150 miles away?  That takes the difficulty to another level – and when you mix in an extremely difficult, environmentally sensitive site, it can feel as though you’re operating on another planet.

A case in point can be found in our participation in a design/build project on a remote cottage estate in the stunning

10-year logoBy Brian Van Bower

‘For years,’ wrote Brian Van Bower to kick off his Aqua Culture column in the December 2005 edition of WaterShapes, ‘conventional wisdom has held that many of the advances in watershape design incubate in the commercial realm and then slowly percolate over to the residential market as our clients ask for features they’ve seen on vacation and elsewhere.’

‘That paradigm holds up to this day in many ways, but what’s less acknowledged

5-yrsBy Brian Van Bower

‘Not long ago,’ wrote Brian Van Bower at the start of his Aqua Culture column for the November 2010 edition of WaterShapes, ‘I was reminded in a big way of the importance of understanding the international nature of our industry.’

‘It was July, and my Genesis 3 partners . . . and I were on the Gold Coast near Brisbane, Australia, presenting a program at the Splash! Conference – an experience that, once again, underscored the fact that

10-year logoBy David Tisherman

‘The creation of something outstanding, something that stirs an emotional response, something that establishes an ongoing, extraordinary experience for clients and anyone else who sees our work all starts with the passion we have in our hearts for art and its intimate relationship to what we do as watershapers.’

That’s how David Tisherman opened his Details column in the October 2005 edition of WaterShapes.  He continued:  ‘I believe that unless you appreciate and

10-year logoBy Brian Van Bower

‘Through the years,’ wrote Brian Van Bower at the head of his Aqua Culture column in the October 2005 issue of WaterShapes, ‘more than a few watershaping professionals have asked me how to break through and start working with high-end clients.  

‘I respond by giving them the disappointing news that there is no magic key here:  Serving the high end takes

9-9 zaretsky feature 1For many years, Bruce Zaretsky faced the annual need to generate enough income to keep his business and his staff going through New York's long, cold winters.  Here's a look at few of the most successful sidelines he found in his quest to keep the seasonal wolves at bay.

 

By Bruce Zaretsky

As you read this, some of us in upstate New York are already thinking about

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