Category : Gazebo

Finishing Details on the Restored Gazebo

The Gazebo restoration is down to the last finishing details, including stucco on the upper portions and refitting the stones that sit at the bottom of the posts. The roof decking and shingles are built up to be extra thick, though due to some tricks of carpentry, it does not weigh as much as it would appear. It is, however, quite solid and built to withstand the extremes of Illinois weather. The bamboo benches are in place, creating a sort […]

Gazebo Update

The gazebo restoration continues, and the structure is starting to resemble a gazebo now. The roof rafters have all been placed around the center circular “hub”, though only 4 of them are load-bearing. Wooden hoop pieces of graduated sizes, cut and carefully curved by hand, are placed on top of the rafters, and are then covered with decorative bark which is only visible from inside the gazebo. The outside will have a more functional, weather-resistant roof. In just a few […]

Gazebo Restoration Continues

Craftsman David Sipos of Minka Woodworking has finished preparing the rest of the gazebo posts and they are now carefully – and very securely – set into stones to create new footings. The stones are then set atop a reinforced concrete foundation to keep the structure sturdy and prevent moisture damage to the wood posts. With the posts in place, work on reconstructing the roof can begin. We appreciate our guests’ patience during this project and hope to remove the […]

The Gazebo Returns

Last fall, the gazebo overlooking the west waterfall was carefully disassembled, each piece labeled, and stored for the winter. The gazebo posts were made of wood set directly into the soil, and had rotted to the point where they needed to be replaced. With no other way to replace the footings, the entire structure had to come down. David Sipos of Minka Woodworks in Ojai, California is a seasoned woodworker who specializes in authentic Japanese construction. He oversaw the gazebo’s […]