Flashback: Hypertufa Planter


With nice weather in full swing, my days off always involve quality time spent in my forest of a yard. I must admit that I’m not much of a gardener, but I love cozy outdoor spaces and the effects of just the right ornamentation. Perfect time for the Joe Szuecs’ Hypertufa Planter from CRAFT Volume 03! Here’s a bit from the intro:

The ultimate Zen garden accessory is the stone urn. Filled only with water and a few fallen leaves, it defines tranquility. Unfortunately, these stone beauties cost hundreds of dollars. Lucky for us, a concrete mix called “hypertufa” was developed that has the look of stone, specifically the volcanic rock called tufa. In England, farmers carved watering troughs from this soft porous rock. Eventually, these tufa troughs became too expensive, and hypertufa containers replaced them. The materials used to make our container are inexpensive, and the process is delightfully messy. When it comes right down to it, a hypertufa casting is just a fancy mud pie.

Ready to make a beautiful mess? You likely already have a number of the items on the materials list. Here’s a glimpse at the materials needed:
And here’s the full article shared with you in our Digital Edition. You can still pick up back issues of CRAFT Volume 03 in the Maker Shed, while they last. If you make a Hypertufa Planter of your own, be sure to upload a picture of it to the CRAFT Flickr pool so we can all admire your creation!

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I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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