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Japanese Water Garden bridges and how to build a Garden bridge. Modern designs for Handcrafted Cedar and Redwood Garden bridges for Koi Ponds, landscaped yards.

Japanese water garden bridges and how to build a garden bridge by: Rodney Bird from,

Handcrafted Wooden arch bridges and Japanese water Garden Bridges have been used for many centuries for things such as draw bridges, for spanning crevices, over creeks, koi ponds, gulleys and in fact anywhere to cross over low areas such as valleys, dips and depressions as well as water of course, even by the homeowner in his backyard.

Some may think it is very difficult to build a wooden arch bridge, but wood craftsman and website owner of, Rodney Bird says" If you have just basic woodworking skills you can build a simple garden bridge that will be strong and beautiful in as little as 2 hours". He has posted a 2 page instruction on "How to build a garden bridge" free on his website for anyone to read and use.

Old time bridge builders started making Handcrafted arch bridges many decades ago for his/their own pesonal use. Now days the modern bridge builders build them to beautify and maintain Koi ponds, water gardens and landscaped yards across the country ... I'm sure you have all seen those appealing pictures of Japanese water gardens all of which incorporate a Handcrafted arch bridge. Other parts of the world caught on during the last 40 years or so along with the landscape and Koi pond owners.. The New age of builders bring an exciting twist to an age old form of arched span bridges, Handcrafted garden bridges and Redwood Garden bridges.

The Handcrafted wooden arch bridge is usually made of cedar, pine, douglas fir and a few places use the more durable and weather, insect and water resistant Western Red cedar or California Redwood. Some bridge builders use only 100% California Redwood, which many consider endangered. We use the more hearty and abundant Western Red Cedar to build our Garden Bridges to assure many years of use and beauty at "Basicly a one man operation and I try to use the small talents God has given me to the best of my ability"

How should one measure a span when thinking of buying a handcrafted arched bridge? When looking for a Pond or Garden bridge, you should know exactly how long the bridge will span. Some bridge builders sell an 8 ft bridge but it will actually only span about 6 1/2 ft.

You should also make sure the bridge is made of weather and water resistant wood or sealed and stained, along with stainless steel hardware such as bolts, washer, nuts and screws. At use only stainless steel or galvanized hardware in all our bridges and on all our bridges we measure the span length that it will span and not the arch length.

You should try to find a bridge that is very easily assembled and only a few tools required. We number and label each board, each post and rail and you just match the numbers and put in the screws and tighten. It takes an average of 45 minutes to assemble one of our bridges.

Down through the ages the wooden arch bridge has brought joy, beauty and comfort to pond owners, homeowners, farmers, landscapers and many others who have an area that needs to be easily accessed. I would be happy to build you a bridge of modern design or one styled from the early designers. I also have posted Instructions on how to build your own handcrafted garden bridge on my website at, complete with step by step guide and pictures.

I appreciate each and every visitor and especially thankful to every one who has ordered one of my handcrafted Garden bridges.

This article was originally written by:

Rodney Bird for the Pond Professor(Tony)

for the water Garden Gazzette #319
copyright notice 2005 All Right reserved


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