Principles of Good Pathery
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Don Wagstaff



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:17 am    Post subject: Principles of Good Pathery Reply with quote

Hello,
I'm just trying to figure out what makes a good path. The only path work I've done here was to take out the old one which was a straight shot from out on the road to the front door. Principles might include: materials, measurements, usage, lay.... Are there no established general rules about what makes a good path anyway.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.
― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

I think it's interesting to first make no path, and wait to see where people will walk, creating their own path over time.

A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective. --
Andre Gide

Even a straight path must be curved slightly to make it appear straight.

Let the path be open to talent. -- Napoleon Bonaparte

I have made paths paved with bricks by laying them on a bed of gravel tamped into place, then sweeping a mixture of sand that acts like a simple mortar that locks the bricks into position. The bed and the surface of the paving is crowned slightly so water drains to the sides. The bricks are laid flat with edges of the paving lined with a "soldier course" of vertical bricks sunk deeper into the ground to hold the edge in place.

When your path is in the shade, pour a little buttermilk along between the bricks or stones to encourage the growth of moss.

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Don Wagstaff



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

Oh yeah. I like what I know of this woman's point of view though I've not read her book. That aside this characterization is right on the money only then I would want to narrow it down to paths around the house and property, that is domestic non-urban pathways, 'cause that's where I am, you understand.

"The best way..." of course, well it doesn't help out so much once we get beyond a theoretical consensus. What about, pathways that cut through the middle vs paths that follow the edges?

I haven't reached the point of choice of materials yet John, but I do hope to get to it.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we build a lot of paths, some are straight to get from A to B quickly, some meander to guide people through the different areas of a garden etc
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