x mas for mom, stone lantern sources and what to ask for

cudavid(ne)November 23, 2006

Hi, My mom wants a japanese garden and I am clueless, I am reading books and will build one in spring. for now I want to get her a stone garden lantern, or are they called tea house? I am thinking the one with splayed legsthat raise it up a bit. I am looking for something about 24" high? I am in RI, and recognoize freight can be a kiler, any good sources local or on line? I want to spend maybee $200 250 range max, so I am cluelss if that means cement instead of stone, all thoughts and suggestions appreciated, happty turkey day, dave

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I've also been looking at lanterns and found that 24" stone lanterns will be more than double your max limit before shipping. Too rich for my budget also.
I've looked at the resin lanterns from Toscano, not 24" but close. Much more reasonable.
As far as cement, I don't think that they would weather well during the winter freezes.
Hope this helps some.

Here is a link that might be useful: Toscano Japanese Lanterns.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2006 at 9:48PM
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kobold(Vancouver BC)

Dave, your mother is very lucky to have you and your help.
It would be better to know more about Japanese gardens before you do any big purchase. To get a book about Japanese gardens, ( Amazon.com has huge selection) Ortho Books are good, cheep, for example the Creating Japanese Gardens. You could plan, design it with your mother the way she likes it and build it later.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2006 at 4:30PM
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kobold(Vancouver BC)

Dave, check out this garden

more pictures www.clovis-rdf.com/Pres/Japo2/index.html
or on this forum on page 1 or 2 the posting "Damon's Gate"

    Bookmark   November 26, 2006 at 4:53PM
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Someone else had a question about Japanese stone lanterns and a reader offered this web site as a source. I checked it out and it has some very attractive stone lanterns.

I only viewed many of the styles of stone lanterns but didn't check out the prices. Might be out of the price range you quoted, but it wouldn't hurt to check it out.

Heres the link: http://www.shibumitrading.com/

Hope that might help. Steve

    Bookmark   November 28, 2006 at 5:23PM
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Cytania(UK Midlands)

David, the type of lantern you buy depends on where it will go in the garden. If it is to go beside a path throwing light out all around it should be circular/octagonal. If it is to stand in front of a wall/fence then it should be rectangular. The one's on a curved arm are meant to go over water and the short squat bun-like snow lanterns are meant for a shoreline.

Wherever you do site the lantern make sure it's light could guide you somewhere. Lanterns hidden amongst trees are only nice in an 'abandoned garden' sort of way, which isn't a very Japanese styling.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2006 at 6:47AM
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