The Fedge Principle

The "fedge" (fence/hedge) is the building block of most living willow structures. The fedge has three components: vertical uprights; horizontal binder and diagonal sets of weavers. The uprights provide the structural elements of the fedge and the binder or pairing weave keep the uprights in the same plane. Diagonal weavers in both directions further strengthen and reinforce the fedge.

Below are illustrations of the building stages of a major installation in Norwich, New York in 2005, involving two living fedges curving into an arch with more fedges leading to a dome. The young fella involved is my eldest son, Timothy.

1) Layout of the whole structure

1) Layout of the whole structure

2) Using the metal bar to plant the arch rods

 



2)
Using the metal bar to make the holes at an angle for the arch rods

3) Planting the circle of the dome

3) Planting the circle of the dome uprights
4) Using a metal bar for planting



4) Using a metal bar to make the holes for the diagonal weavers. Please note that the horizontal binder weave has been added to keep the uprights in place, prior to this step.

5) Watering the structure

5)
Watering the structure


6) Working on the top of the arch
7) Working on the arch

7)
Working on the arch
8) Tying the structure 9) Tying the structure

8)
Working on the arch

9)
Tying the structure
10) The installation two months later

10)
Two months later
11) The installation in August just after a summer prune

11) The installation in August just after a summer prune


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