Pool Surround "Coal Mine"


Uncle Bill did all the prep-work. Got the base poured and then I swooped in and did the vertical carving treatment. Hoping to get some actual "up and running" pictures in the spring. This cave was an opportunity to go a little wild and really have some fun, but they weren't interested. So we kept it plain and simple. It still turned out pretty cool and quite unique.
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This is the base. We did a waterfall a few years ago and we chunked out the concrete while it was setting to give us some dimension to start with. That's what you're seeing here.
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Here's a view into the "cave." This is the base.
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Now I've got some carving done. I decided to frame out the entrance of the cave and add supports throughout. Similar to what you'd find in a real coal mine situation. Would have loved to put a steering wheel in here and some other "fun" stuff for the kiddos but that idea got vetoed. One of the things I love about this stuff. You can pretty much get as creative as you'd like.
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Here's a little bit of carving on the inside.
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This is from inside the cave looking out. You can see one of my interior "supports" towards the entrance I have carved. The other side of the "wood support" is still the base.
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Here's the other side again. I'm inside the cave looking out.
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I am at the entrance looking towards the back. There's another entrance/exit on this side but its really small.
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Main entrance looking towards back entrance/exit. It's a much smaller doorway. Most of the carving is now done.
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Here we are with some color. They wanted it to contrast with the lighter concrete and the wall surrounding the back side of the pool.
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The inside of the cave with some color.
The Chirping Frog

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