Making Stepping Stones: Finished Product?

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Making Stepping Stones

By dave
October 14, 2011

At the Whitinger Farm, we are busy making stepping stones for a walkway between our driveway and the house. It's an ambitious project and we've already made dozens of stones. By popular request, here is the tutorial on how we're making them.

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Dec 4, 2014 6:18 PM CST
Dave - I remember these videos and thought you did an awesome job recording the process! New question .... Did the walkway/path get finished? If so ... could you post a photo of it, please!

I've made pavers using molds. I decorated them with small pieces of tile as well as impressions. I love the tumbled glass you used in many of your pavers. Really pretty!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Dec 4, 2014 6:43 PM CST

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Well, we didn't make the walkway as wide as we wanted, but I think for now it's sort of finished. We have room for maybe 6 more stones to finish it out and we'll maybe do that this winter.

I'll take some pictures and post them tomorrow. Smiling
Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Dec 5, 2014 4:29 AM CST
That was ambitious and what a great way for the family to have fun while working together Smiling The stepping stones are very pretty Thumbs up
Vickie
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Dec 5, 2014 8:04 AM CST

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Thank you. We had a lot of fun making these. Smiling
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dirtdorphins
Dec 5, 2014 8:46 AM CST
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is the sun up yet? where are those pictures you promised? C'mon...please...some of us are really anxious to see Hilarious!
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Dec 5, 2014 9:05 AM CST

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I have to sweep off the path before I take photos! Smiling
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dave
Dec 5, 2014 9:19 AM CST

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Here's the path. Photos were taken with my cell phone and the lighting outside is terrible, so I apologize in advance for the terrible photos. I can take better pictures another day when weather cooperates.

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And so you can see how they individually held up, see below. As you can see, not a single piece of glass has fallen out despite this path being used a LOT.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 5, 2014 9:20 AM CST
Love it! Lovey dubby
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Dec 5, 2014 9:22 AM CST

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We do, too. Smiling
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dirtdorphins
Dec 5, 2014 10:09 AM CST
Thank You!
They have held up very well--good to see Thumbs up

I am always torn a little bit between my fondness for my cool rocks and all the stuff that grows around, over, and on them. When the snow finally melts and I clean up and everything is all stark and preparing to burgeon --in the way early spring-- I can find my paths and admire my rocks for a few weeks Hilarious!
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dave
Dec 5, 2014 11:41 AM CST

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Yes, the weeds definitely grow between the stones and that's a big inconvenience. I could spray but who wants to do that? So a couple times a year I pull the weeds out (like this morning! Hilarious! )
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 5, 2014 12:58 PM CST
They look great! Thumbs up
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Dec 5, 2014 1:25 PM CST

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Thank You!
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Dec 5, 2014 7:53 PM CST
Wow! That walkway/path looks really lovely! I love how well it all interlocks and fits together! Looks awesome! Thanks for posting a photo, Dave. Thank You!
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Dec 5, 2014 8:13 PM CST

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Thank You!
Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Dec 6, 2014 7:03 AM CST
Very nice looking! I bet making the handprint on that one was fun to do Smiling
Vickie
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Dec 6, 2014 7:36 AM CST

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They were all fun to do. I had forgotten how much fun we had making these and it makes me motivated to get the molds back out and make some more. Smiling
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 6, 2014 8:05 AM CST
I really like the octagon shape.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Dec 6, 2014 8:06 AM CST

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Hexagon. Green Grin!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 6, 2014 8:15 AM CST
*Blush* *Blush*
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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