This particular project began more than two years ago. How simple is seemed at the time (don't they all!). I would just purchase a fountain, Mike would dig a hole and we would have a beautiful water feature. To quote an endearment from my son..."Silly Momma."
In the fall of 2010 I fell in love with the beautiful stone fountains from Range West in Madrid, New Mexico. My husband, Michael is represented by Metallo Gallery in Madrid which is right next door to Range West Gallery and all those lovely stones.
Range West fountains are worked by hand by Stone Artist Joshua Gannon from granite, basalt or other beautiful rock from New Mexico and Joshua lovingly juxtaposes polished surfaces with the natural rugged surface of the rock, exposing the beautiful striations and layers of color captured by time. I was smitten. Really, resisting was futile. Three years ago I purchased two beautiful fountains.
After several summers of dreaming about how they would look and sound, this summer the fountain idea became a reality. Here is a "blow by blow" of the installation, for all my friends whose "gap" is not quite as large as mine.
For this project we used Range West's Installation Kit
with a few of our own touches, consisting of:
Two - 36" 4" x 4"s
Two - 30" 4" x 4"'s
Eight - heavy duty "L" bracket, w/dry wall screws
Two - 36" steel channels
Metal grid w/cut out trap door
Heavy duty pump
Heavy duty plumber hose (for the large fountain)
1/2 " clear tubing the small fountain including a
brass "t" to connect the two fountains
Of course you need all the appropriate tools
Thank you Range West for some of the installation jargon.
A special shout out to our good friends Chris T. for giving a hand with
the electrical and to George T for the use of his carpentry skills and awesome saw!
The lovely sound of water in the desert...just in time! Thank you sweet husband!