Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Zen Garden


A Japanese Zen garden, is an enclosed shallow sandpit containing sand, gravel, rocks, and occasionally grass or other natural elements. The main elements of Zen Gardens are rocks and sand, with the sea symbolized not by water but by sand raked in patterns that suggest rippling water. Plants are much less important (and sometimes nonexistent) in many Zen gardens. Zen gardens are often, but not always, meant to be viewed from a single, seated position. Some Westerners believe that Zen gardens can be used to calm human minds, but they were not intended for such in their native Japanese settings.

This project can easily be finished in a single day. The entire project uses 1/4" and 1/2" wood. The patterns are easy to cut so if you are a beginner this might be and interesting project to build.

I bought 1/2 pound of sand and some decorative rocks at Michaels Craft store for about $4. I enjoyed building this project because it is something different. Let me know what you think about it.

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