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I need ideas on how to make a nice path from the gate down into my backyard. As you can tell by this photo it slopes significantly as does the rest of my backyard. Please excuse the mess
but I am "spring cleaning" and I do have plans to do something with that pallet, don't worry :) I am wanting a path roughly the size of the gate door (about 4 ft) and 24-28 ft long, it will gradually turn towards where the stack of chairs are. There I will need to build a small retaining wall I know but for now I just desperately need to address this entryway. I am unfortunately unable to rent heavy machinery or spend very much money so it will have to be done mostly with good old fashioned elbow grease (and I'm sure a little blood, a lot of sweat and hopefully just a few tears) Any and all ideas and advice are greatly appreciated! Help!!!
This was my first gourd project. I had very limited tools, but the project didn't need all the fancy stuff. With or without the fancy stuff, the design possibilities are endless.
It's not in the blog post, but weathering over the summer faded some of my burned lines. (Mineral oil does not protect against the elements.) Because of this, I did go back and re-burn the faded areas with a professional-grade burner. I then used a satin poly spray (Rustolium brand) to protect the outside. I left the inside alone to avoid fumes or smells that might repel or harm the toads.
Also, I now skip the guide holes as they create uneven lines when sawing. Instead, I use a regular craft knife (Xacto) blade inserted into the gourd, making it wide enough to fit the saw blade.