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gibson1971:
Hi all,

I have a very strange question to ask!  I have searched on the web and looked in all my Japanese garden books for pictures of path entrances and fencing that have been painted.  Does anyone know if they are painted in gloss, or matt, or if dyes are used instead of the usual household paint?  I have been toying with the idea of adding a touch of red and black to my wooden arch and fence posts, but understand that this is more Chinese than Japanese.  It is my understanding that the Japanese use more black or natural wood.

I know this is an odd question to ask!

Matt (your amateur gardener!!)

don:
You are correct.  Japanese garden entries use natural tones.  The bright colors are more Chinese.  Entries to estates can be more elaborate:  http://www.japanesegardening.org/nijo/images/entrygate.jpg

Justinspin:
I think the more traditional approach is scorching the wood, then using a stiff wire brush and water to scrub off the excess char. this gives some weather and insect protection and creates a very interesting look if you can do it evenly.

edzard:
Matt... btw.. I was hoping for a photo of the wooden arch and posts as there is information available on natural dyes used for various things from weaving to baskets to woodwork...
perhaps you have not had time or opportunity...   thanks
                     edzard

K.T. Cannon-Eger:
Help, please.
The link listed in the first answer no longer works. Is there another link to scorched wood and other techniques?
KT

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