For the lastfew days, I've been gathering resources for making a prototype of a shishi odoshi(a type of fountain) out of PVC tubing.
The story goes something like this: A few years back I sprouted a fig tree from a clipping of fig tree root, and when the new fig tree was about a foot tall, I gave it to my mother. Fast forward to the present and mom is complaining about deer eating the fig tree. She wants a "deer chaser" fountain to scare the deer away.
Mom: I need a fountain Jezra: can't you just shoot the deer? mmm venison Mom: NO! I just need a fountain to scare them away Jezra: Fine, I'll see what I can do
Start with some cardboard
The silver bullet
A few tubes of rolled beer box gave me a basic idea of the sizes of tubing I would need for the prototype.
Cut some PVC
I started with a 4' x 1.5" PVC pipe that I measured once and cut into the pieces that I needed.
18" spout brace
11" opposing brace
4" arm stop
yea, I made up all of those name
Making the Arm
The arm was cut at the 4" mark and the remainder of the arm was covered with gorilla tape. A coupler was added to bind the two arm pieces back together. Combined with the tape, this configuration emulates the partitioning that is found in bamboo
Boring holes in PVC is a pain.
Brace stays were cut form .5" PVC. (that's a measurement of the inside diameter)
Check out that sweet arm.... it looks just like bamboo!
A piece of .5" PVC was use as the spout on the spout brace. Some leftover tubing from the homebrew setup was connected to a little sump pump that moves about a gallon of water a minute.
This is the test in my kitchen.
Now I need to find some bamboo and make the real thing. In hind sight, I probably could have just made this thing out of bamboo from the get-go. Oh well, I suppose I paint it to look like bamboo.