Sand and Gravel Garden Rakes
Don't worry if you're not a master wood worker.
Remember that this is an implement used in a Zen
garden and keep the Zen aesthetic principle of
imperfection in mind when creating your rake. This
How-to explains only one way of creating your rake.
You should feel free to experiment with altering the
dimensions, materials and for that matter, anything
else you see fit! Some interesting effects might be
achieved by using a rough branch for the handle
rather than a perfect piece of lumber and you may
also wish to alter the size of the teeth and the
overall size of the rake to fit your particular
To see a full-size version of a figure or photo just click on it.
Here's a variation of the rake design in
which the head of the rake is mounted to the
handle in a broom-like manner. The head
appears to be 3/4 plywood and the handle is
Photo courtesy of Barb Antel. Taken at Phipp's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. Thanks Barb!
This is the rake we made and that we use in
||The dowel-tooth rake that Chris made very much looks like the one I made back in 1997. I then however kept no record of how I constructed it. A noticeable difference is the attachment of the braces and the handle. Chris has mounted these to the back of the rake-head whereas I mounted them to the top of the rake-head and used a round handle instead, making it a multi-purpose rake. In this way I can use the flat back of the rake-head to rake the flat surface of my gravel and possibly undo any patterns.|
|And as Chris indicated, there can be different sizes of rakes......||
A Japanese Touch For Your Garden - drawings p.47.
Oriental Gardening: The Japanese Garden Society of Oregon (American Garden Guides) - photos p.159.
Sunset Ideas for Japanese Gardens - description p.18.