I love this true and honest account of using wood cuts for path making. As a professional I've never had the guts to try it because, if what happened on Jen's first run happened in a client's garden, well, clearly I would deserve to be fired. So I am grateful that Jen shared the ups and downs of her path project, and am curious as she comes in the the spring how the latest version faired.
If at first you don't succeed, try and then try again. This has so far been a two year running project for Jen -- You can see the very beginning above. That garden needs a path! - So, using wood cuts, she created this:
This first version of a wood cut garden path was beautiful — until winter passed and a new spring came along and the path was a complete loss. Not so pretty anymore!
So they took it up and tried again. This time, instead of leaving the wood untreated, they used shellac and made the cuts thicker (they had problems with the disks popping up).
They also put a nice thick layer of sand underneath to help in drainage and allow the woodcuts to sit better.
Here is how it all looked after the second go round (much the same as the first - but fingers crossed - it is poised to look a lot better this spring once the snow melts)
If they have to have another go, I think I would give this product a try — my own experience with shellac is not so good (it looks great until it starts to peel off of a deck, and then it is just a disgusting mess). Have you had luck with wood cut pavers? Any tricks to share?
To learn more about this project, check out Jen's original post about the wood cut path, and her followup about how the original path fared — and what they decided to do to keep the second path from meeting the same fate.
(Images: Domesticated Nomad)