After nearly selling out in one hour, I think they went over well.
My wife, Leslie, helped “man” my booth at the Buffalo Style Garden Art Sale at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens last weekend. She figured it was the least she could do, since it was her idea to make posts to sell.
I’m thankful Leslie was around to help. We sold 29 posts in the first hour of the sale. We sold out of two sizes and were left with only five of the tallest posts for that afternoon and into Sunday.
Sunday Saw Sawing
On Sunday, the tall poles – at about 8.5′ tall didn’t sell – until I sawed them right there on the table in my booth (thanks for holding them down for me Jack!). I sold two of them as I was sawing. Sawing them down slightly enabled me to price them lower – and enabled people to fit in their cars. The tall poles were not impulse purchases. You had to have a car with a roof rack, straps or bungee cords, and even a blanket or towel or two to protect them from scratching.
I sold all of them by end of day. Didn’t bring a single one back home – they all had new homes.
I made six posts just for myself late last fall, in our basement. That blossomed into making, ultimately, 35 more. I enjoyed the process – my favorite being painting the freehand “patterns” on them. But they took a while.
I cannot measure how long it took to create one post, many had asked. I made 15 at a time. That’s all I had the space for. I did them in assembly-line fashion. 15 took about a month to make.
To make production easier, I sorta’ had a formula for their design.
Most were colors I have used on my house and potting shed – mostly because I had those extra exterior house paints lying around. Also, using them consistently made all the poles “family” together. If someone bought more than one, they would somehow look like there were intended to be together, even though the designs were all very different. And using colors from my own garden I felt it helped spread my design DNA into gardens throughout the area. People now recognize my posts!
On the very bottom portion, each of the four sides was painted in different colors. I assumed they would be obscured somewhat by plants, so I didn’t want any intricate designs there.
The next portion up was generally a geometric pattern that had to be measured and penciled out before paining.
The next level was, in many cases, a small square or block to add a wooden ornament of a flower or flourish.
The uppermost section was where I painted freehand patterns – dots, hand-drawn lines, vaguely botanical patterns, or confetti-looking patterns. I even tried some African-inspired patterns.
There may be more
I I could have sold another 30, if I had them. Once garden tour season winds down, I will most likely make more, and just sell them here at the house. I’ve had no less than a dozen people contact me about how to get one. I am interested on doing more with some African-inspired patterns, maybe even using more earth tones.
I did reserve three poles, finials, and caps to create poles using all the old wood stains I have in the basement, left over from other projects.
As long as I’m not under any deadline pressure, I can work at my leisure. Getting them done for the Garden Art Sale was nerve-wracking!
Did you buy a post? Send me photos!
Below are photos of where some of the posts wound up. I’ll keep adding them here as I collect photos…
Here are some other DIY projects I’ve done:
- A garden post post
- DIY garden bench, window boxes and shutters for the garden shed
- My four DIY fountains
- Garden variety Louise Nevelson sculpture
- My marble and granite area rug…
- My vertical hardy succulent frame from scratch
- My ever-raining rain chain
- My homemade copper coral bell fountain
- My DIY concrete outdoor countertops
- Art for the birds
- A potting table for the potting shed
- Hearty art for the garden
- DIY Campy bat & bird houses
- A home-made hanging light of vines
- Spring DIY project Before & After
- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
They are gorgeous! I’m not surprised people like them.
Absolutely brilliant and beautiful. What a phenomenal amount of work and creativity.