I want to build some low walls and arches and decorative elements using
Can anyone provide me with some sites where the ABCs are given. I googled,
and got information from here to yonder. All sorts of information on
recipes and history and how-tos, but little with pictures of actual finished
What I'm mainly interested in is construction methods. Is it most common to
build forms, such as wood forms, then "chicken wire", then stucco to cover,
or to build a cinderblock wall and then just stucco the wall? I'm sure that
the cinderblock would be more sturdy and permanent. But would the
wood/wire/stucco composite wall be any the less? It surely could be more
decorative, being able to incorporate arches and curved lines rather than
the rectangular limitations of block.
But how does this age? Does the wood deteriorate over time, or does the
stucco slough off .... discolor ..........
Please share your experiences and advice as to what you would do.
Basically, I want to do a lot of "southwest architecture" to make a desert
southwest/Indian motif. I will throw in a lot of "fluff", being tilework,
fired tiles, wrought iron work, plasma cut metal, logs on end, beams, etc.
But, to link it all together, I want to know if it would be better to block
wall it all or make the wood/wire forms. Or both.