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Now you may be wondering what I plan to do with this pile of old tools. Well, some people might discard it as scrap iron. But I think there’s some artistic expression here waiting to happen. They say an ecofriendly house can’t be built in 150 days for $150,000, and I say it can. I’m Allen Smith, join me as I push the limits with time, budget and creativity with the Garden Home Challenge, exclusively on eHow Home. I think we can take these old, discarded tools and come up with something really beautiful like a centerpiece or focal.

Point for a room. So my idea here is to gather these and bundle them almost like a cartouche or a heraldic crest, but using ordinary, common tools with the patina of their rust and wear on them. I’ve been collecting these for a while. They’ve come out of barns. I’ve found them in flea markets and so forth, and at surprising prices. Like this old hand scythe or hand sickle it was just $4. And what I’ve tried to do is buy these in pairs because I wanna have a center point and then fan out with a balance of the same tools on either.

Side. Now the best way for me to explain this is to just get to work and show you how I’m gonna lay these out. I’m gonna start out with these hay forks and I’m gonna crisscross them across this board. Now the reason I’m using this size board, it’s not just a support for these tools. I measured the width and this piece of board really represents the parameters I have to work in. So I’m gonna take these forks and bring them up to the top. I’ve got a little leeway of about 12 inches at the top. So I’m not too worried about if they.

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Stick out up there. It’s really this bottom and the sides that I have to pay attention to. And, again, I wanna make sure they’re all balanced. I’m thinking the center point would be this old shovel here. And then it’s just a matter of layering these tools on two at a time. I begin to get the kind of effect that I want. Sling blades. Briar hooks. They’ll all find a home here. So as you can see, I’ve used seven tools so far, and I begin to create this sort of framework to work in. What I’m gonna do now is let Tony drill these together.

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