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Roaring Up the High Road

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When I was a kid, I was obsessed with hot rods.

I suspect this resulted from my dad’s subscriptions to magazines such as Road & Track and Street Rod:  I was mesmerized by

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Deconstructing a Trap

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For the most part, we keep things positive in the pages of WaterShapes, and for good reason:  With so much inspiring and amazing work taking place every day in all corners of the watershaping trades, negative subjects seldom

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Sympathetic Connections

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One of the themes that weaves its way through a great many of the articles and columns we’ve run in WaterShapes through the years turns on the thought that watershape design

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Mothers of Invention

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One of the best things about watershaping from my point of view is that it can be so interesting.  I’m fascinated, for example, by what happens when watershapers connect with clients, discern their wants and needs and then

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Outside the Rocks

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Sometimes I like clichés.  That’s tough and perhaps treasonous for an editor to admit, but there are certain phrases that truly resonate, and I stand by them for what I think are

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Free Floating

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Imagine how you’d feel if you couldn’t move your body well enough to operate a wheelchair, let alone walk under your own power.  Then imagine the feeling of liberation you would have in rising out of those physical confines and

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Pioneer Spirit

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I recently enjoyed an experience a long, long way from my familiar surroundings in southern California that nonetheless had me feeling right at home.

A few weeks back, I had the distinct pleasure of flying to

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Growth Formulas

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For all the beauty and creativity that characterize the finished watershapes we cover in our magazine, I often find just as much inspiration in the stories behind these polished works of art.  Quite often, in fact, I perceive that these

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Ultimate Mystique

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One Saturday during the summer of 2000, I sat down for breakfast in Santa Monica, Calif., with Suzanne and Ron Dirsmith.  They had just published the first of what have now become several articles in WaterShapes and had flown in from Chicago to

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Seeing and Believing

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One of the most interesting things about running WaterShapes has been the opportunities I’ve had to get out and see projects, both in process and finished.

Through the years, I’ve been treated to

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Badwater Blooms

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As natural anomalies go, this year’s rainfall in California has given us one for the record books.  

By far, one of the most interesting outcomes of the deluges of 2005 is the explosion of life the storms engendered in the harshest desert environment in the United States – so bountiful, in fact, that a lake actually formed at the hottest, lowest and nastiest place

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WaterShapes LogotypeBy Eric Herman

It’s been a subject of discussion among my parents and siblings that bodies of water – swimming pools in particular – have been an unusually important part of the lives of my own immediate family.  I’ve spent the greater part of my career writing about all things aquatic while my

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Cool Motifs

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Watershapes of all kinds have come a long way in recent years, with elaborate, fully integrated and highly creative designs that were mostly unheard of in days gone by.

For many of us, me included, exposure to “aquatic environments” (as they are now grandly known) began with the most familiar

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