THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
July 11, 2018 www.watershapes.com
FEATURE ARTICLE/November 2002
Water in Transit
Teaching others about vanishing edges is something Skip Phillips has been doing for years. He knows from experience that each setting is different, but he also knows that great results flow when you approach these projects with a standard set of questions in mind. [more]
FEATURE ARTICLE/November 2004
Eamonn Hughes' watershapes in the Pacific Northwest are among the most beautiful found anywhere in the world. Here, he shares several past projects, using them to define what it takes to achieve believable, naturalistic results with waterfalls, cascades, streams and ponds. [more]
FEATURE ARTICLE/September 2006
Riding a Golden Wave
Completing this project for Disney's California Adventure presented Dave Wooten with huge technical challenges in crafting the artificial ocean wave that serves as the park's symbolic core. Here, he describes what it takes to push beyond the perceived limits of watersahpe design. [more]
The Sublest Flows
In his work as a landscape artist and custom watershaper, Robert Nonemaker often uses rills -- small channels that simply and gracefully move water from one place to another -- to bring interesting rhythms and harmonies to his garden spaces. Although these features tend to be less than assertive, he notes, the way water moves through their narrow slots can do wonders when it comes to adding depth and detail to watershape designs.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in April 2008, has been digitized for all readers. Click hereto see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
TECHNICAL BRIEFING/April 2004
Whether a spa is concrete or portable, sound hydraulics are required if the jets are to give clients the massaging action they crave. But watershapers who work in concrete are at a disadvantage, observes Steve Gutai, and must step up if their spas are to compare favorably. [more]
A Special Look Back
Hobbled by a radical bout of back pain, Jim McCloskeyvisited the archives to call your attention to a fascinating collection of past articles that share the distinction of having generated some of the highest-ever click counts on the WaterShapes web site. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
The Rill is Gone Dept.: Clods with cellphones force officials to obliterate a $1.5 million waterfeature.
Distracted by their screens, they kept tripping on this slot.
Powers of Observation Dept.: Popular Science offers a guide to help us identify people at risk of drowning. [more]
It's harder to spot those in trouble than you might think!
WATERSHAPES CLASSIC/September 21, 2016
Back in 2006, Stephanie Rose wrote in Natural Companions about a plant near and dear to her heart -- and made a suggestion that offered designers an easy opportunity to broaden their horizons. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Hayward Introduces ColorLogic Laminars
Hayward Pool Products (Elizabeth, NJ) now offers ColorLogic Laminars, jets that send clear, glass-like rods of arcing water from deck to pool. When matched with the company's lighting system, the units feature 10 solid colors or seven color-changing light shows. They also have a height-adjustment mechanism for perfect deck-level alignment. For details, click here.
Trench Grates from Iron Age Designs
Iron Age Designs (Burien, WA) offers ornamental cast-metal trench grates made with recycled iron or in aluminum or yellow brass. Provided in standard lengths of 24 inches, they are also available in 12- and 16-inch formats and can be designed to fit any manufacturer's trench system -- with right-angle corners available for all grate styles. For details, click here.
Are You Ready to
These days, the Internet is the information resource of choice for those looking for goods and services. But it's tough for an individual business to capture eyes amid the bewildering array of options facing consumers as they try to find ways to make water part of their home or working lives.
That's why we started the WaterShapes Professional Network -- a place consumers are using to get basic information about pool, pond and fountain designers and builders before they start making direct phone calls to arrange for site visits and bids. It's a new way of making initial contacts and getting in the game.
WaterShapes World (blog)
Two recent news items caught Jim McCloskey's eye -- one a comical story about a Dutch artist's inspired response to a perceived civic insult, the other a developing tragedy about San Francisco's apparent willingness to erase a splendid part of its rich cu