what size do you guys think I should look for if im trying to achieve the look I posted? ...because I'm seeing that most DW only gets about 20"+/- a few.
I still seem to be having a difficult time finding the driftwood link on the ADG site.
Also how do you go about using the manzanita wood?
Obviously the tanks I listed did not recieve the drift wood like that, they had to "assemble" several pieces. But how do you do that without seeing where they are attached.....which brings me to a good point. How do you attach them?
I plan on planting on the wood a bit...but not much.
Here's a link to how I'm attaching mine together. I'm still waiting to see how the glue holds up under water though.
So...essentially you find where you want to stick the pieces on a "base" then try to fit them as snugly as possible then drill and glue in dowels...is it really that easy?
For the manzanita I would need a large ?burl? and some branchy pieces correct?
I actually either clamped or hot glued the pieces together first so that they didn't move while I drilled them. Try to ge a drill bit that is just slightly larger than your dowel, like 1/64" or 1/32". That way it moves about easier and you don't break any of the driftwood trying to cram the dowel in. And try to use more than one dowel per piece, it gives you greater stability and more gluing area.
It really was that easy. I would say minus glue curing time it took me a total of maybe a half hour from start to finish.
hmm...so I see the great flexability in "assembling" go get exactly what you want.
Sounds like manzanita is the way. heh.
Which is more popular sandblasted or the natural kind?
You would want the sandblasted kind. Also, you can get burls with branchy pieces on them.
FWIW I just got back from my drive out to pick up my wood. Let me just says that Rich (manzanita.com) has some pieces that would be incredible in someones tank.
I need to soak the wood that I bought today, but I'll be posting photos once I get it in the tank. Keep an eye out for them.
I'm still torqued that I could make the trip with you, Carl.
For the others, sometimes the wood isn't even attached to other stuff (Just stuck in the substrate) or is only temporarily attached with whatever is at hand that won't affect water quality. This could be rubber bands, cotton thread, or whatever.
With these, of course, you will always risk disrupting things. :)
Just thought I'd share....
Here are the pieces that I picked up today:
Flipped to the other side:
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