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rod bird arched footbridge Lovely minimal garden foot bridge

So I will admit, in a moment of profound, existential boredom, to picking up and leafing through the SkyMall catalog in the S80 on my flight back from Maker Faire yesterday. I will offer my standard excuse for such behavior: I was looking for clever ideas to liberate by re-make-ifying them. And one of the things that jumped out at me was a litle arched Japanese-style garden footbridge like the one shown below. A simple piece of carpentry, admittedly, but of elegantly minimal beauty. I looked around for plans online, and discovered these, by Rod Bird at Redwood Bridges in Mena, AZ. Rod apparently makes and sells bridges like these for a living, so double love to him for open-sourcing his design.

sky maul arch bridge Lovely minimal garden foot bridge

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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