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Look what i found at the dump!

April 21st, 2016 at 04:41 pm

I'm so excited to have found this there:



A Japanese lantern! I saw a new one like mine on Amazon for $141,



though it appears mine is missing the roof. It also has one broken leg, which I also was able to retrieve from the concrete/masonry waste pile at the dump. Too bad I didn't have the roof. But it still has a very distinct Buddhist temple-like look to it, which I like.

It was quite heavy but I managed to haul it into the trunk of my Honda. You never know what you'll find in the masonry rubble pile! Once I found some perfectly good, unbroken terra cotta pots, including one that was quite nice with a weave design, which I still have. Another time I found a few dozen Belgian blocks, which I used to line some perennial beds. I'll have to check there more often!

As far as this lantern goes, without the roof, there's a round hole where I can put a plant in. And believe it or not, the lantern stands fine without the 4th leg, so if I wanted to just turn it so the leg was facing into some shrubbery, you wouldn't even notice it missing.

I am wondering if there's a way to repair broken concrete stuff?

4 Responses to “Look what i found at the dump!”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    I think it kind of looks like a little robot guy, but I see the Buddhist temple at the same time. Really cool. I think you could probably repair it with that stuff they put between bricks when they build a brick wall. Not sure what it is called, I'm thinking mortar?

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Ooo, wonderful! I wanna go to the dump with you next time!... You could form a new roof of "hypertufa". Hypertufa is a casting material made of stuff like peat, sawdust, perlite, vermiculite, and concrete. You can make your own molds for it by digging out the desired shape in you own soil. Here is an internet forum on the craft. http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/hypertufa

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    Well that is indeed kind of interesting, joan of the arch. I have in fact made a few hypertufa planters and hadn't even thought of that myself! I'm not really sure that digging out a mold in the soil would work, but on that link you provided I did see someone who made their own Japanese lantern (my mistake in calling it a pagoda), very similar to mine. I think I might be able to make a simplified round top for the pagoda if i could find a very wide but shallow plastic bowl at the $1 store.

    I'm not skilled enough to make my own molds like he did. The filial thing in the small photo above i would probably also skip.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Cool find!

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