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Jocelyn Campbell
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So, here at base camp at wheaton labs, Paul and I have been dreaming of some kind of water feature...some day. Especially one that would make a pleasing, lovely flowing water sound to drown out the last tiny bit of road noise that makes it over the berms to our outdoor living space.

We're not sure exactly where or what, and I thought permies would be a great place to start accumulating some examples.

The Willy Wonka waterfall compost thread shows a decorative concrete waterfall that Paul Abbott made, didn't like so much, and then started using for compost tea...


...which reminded Leila Rich of a biodynamic flowform waterfall.
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We'd probably prefer not to have concrete forms, and I'm not going for the biodynamic swirls necessarily; though I think this one is rather beautiful:
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We have SO much rock here, that something simpler, like this might make more sense:

(From River Rock Water Gardens)

That same company, created this fun dual-sided water feature that could modified, perhaps with more natural basins, and might really help improve our weird, unfinished patio-like area between our house and office.
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Something simpler might be a rain chain like this (or other) all copper rain chain (Amazon affiliate link):


Do you have a water feature you like? Perhaps something that's a part of a permaculture system and that would add a pleasing water flow sound and a lovely aesthetic?


 
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I liked this this one in Tamera - it seemed to be part art,  and part model of how their water retention system worked.







 
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My personal favourite is this one, though it's designed by nature, not by man, and probably took rather a long time to build.



 
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I hope to be able to sculpt cob into a water feature.  Something that would catch the rain and then flow through like a waterfall maybe.  You could do anything with a little sculpting.
I know you would have to seal the cob to do this, but I haven't gotten to that point yet.
 
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Ooooh! Those pictures are exactly what I was hoping for, Burra! Though waiting for nature to create one, however more beautiful, is a tall task.

Have any pictures, Sarah of what you're dreaming of?
 
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http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/SolarHomes/Earthship/Visit/WaterSystem.htm
This link has some pictures of how the cob was sculpted to simply direct the water.

I can't find anything where people have done much decoative sculpting.  I make make some rapids for the kids to race boats or a cascade with a mermaid or something.   It's a summer project.  I don't have too much yet.
 
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My dream house will have a water feature like that, flowing into a cold soaking tub and then emptying into the kitchen garden swales
 
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