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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:07 pm Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge Reply with quote

                                                   
Anandarajkumar  wrote  (View  Post):                
Hamza,  loved  that  color  picture  in  FB  page.  It  is  not  showing  up  here  proper.  I  would  love  to  see  this  in  person...  not  sure  when!  Please  let  me  know  if  you  intend  to  dismantle!                

 
 Thank  you  very  much  Anna!
 
 It  took  so  much  time  that  it'll  be  a  sin  if  I  consider  removing/dismantling  this  Wink
 I  intend  to  run  it  as  long  as  possible  cycling  various  plant  combinations.  Actually  just  replaced  the  plants  completely  yesterday  for  a  new  look.
 
 Anytime  you  can  drop  in  and  have  a  look,  just  give  me  a  buzz  before  doing  so.
 
 
                                                 
shyamhegde  wrote  (View  Post):                

 Lovely.  You  have  created  this  with  great  perspective,  looking  like  real  one  in  a  jungle  in  this  teaser.
 
 Also  very  interesting  concept,  fully  natural  bridge  created  which  becomes  big  and  strong  with  age..  excellent  !
                 

 
                                                 
ShankarB  wrote  (View  Post):                

 Hamza,  absolutely  love  your  scape.   Its  great  that  you  thought  of  the  living  bridges  of  Meghalaya  and  kept  it  as  the  central  theme  of  your  tank.   Very  inspiring!
                 

 
 I  came  to  know  about  these  bridges  pretty  late  myself,  like  back  in  2011  I  believe,  thanks  to  BBC  human  Planet  documentary  that  made  a  footage  on  this.  Even  though  I  was  a  starter(in  aquascapiing)  then,  I  had  a  strong  determination  to  make  a  scale  model  of  one  of  the  bridges  in  my  tank.
 I  kept  the  idea  to  myself  for  a  long  time,  I  was  lucky  that  I  was  the  first  to  attempt  such  a  scape  before  anyone  else  did.  
 
 I  hope  to  inspire  other  scapers  who  can  find  such  brilliant  examples  from  our  country  and  try  to  emulate  them  and  differentiate  our  scaping  style  from  rest  of  the  world.
 
 
 
                                                 
whyw  wrote  (View  Post):                

 Hamza
 This  is  top  of  the  line.  Can't  get  better  than  this.  The  inspiration  is  unique
 Have  the  same  questions  as  Shelly  above
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josyjames  wrote  (View  Post):                

 
 So  each  individual  twigs  are  glued  using  any  adhesive?  Also  the  twigs  used  are  dried  or  fresh  twigs?  As  bending  the  dried  twigs  would  have  been  a  difficult  task  as  it  would  break  while  bending  it.  How  did  you  do  that?
                 

 
 Thanks  man!  Really  appreciate  that  you  took  time  to  see  the  scape  in  detail.
 
 The  building  process  was  a  pretty  messy  job,  I  wish  I  had  documented  it.  I  used  quick  drying  epoxy  resin  along  with  a  bit  of  fine  saw  dust  to  conceal  the  joint.
 
 It  required  me  to  mix  the  solution,  apply  the  solution,  press  the  wood  and  do  the  dusting  all  at  the  same  time,  joint  by  joint,  thats  the  reason  I  couldn't  take  a  picture  while  doing  it.  Yes  it  was  very  time  consuming  and  at  times  I  felt  like  quitting  it  and  left  it  for  days  and  weeks(sometimes)  and  then  returned  back  with  a  fresh  mood.
 
 BTW,  this  technique  was  showed  to  me  by  Sreeram
 
 Its  easy  to  find  chunky  pieces  of  hardwood,  but  not  the  twigs  that  can  stay  submerged  for  long.
 
 So  what  I  did  was  collect  bits  of  roots  wherever  I  could  find  them,  lakes,  roadside,  off-roading  trips,  I  purchased  some  MRW  too  then  soaked  them  all  for  almost  a  year.  70%  of  thin  roots  collected  rotted  away  soon  after  submerged,  so  only  the  ones  that  stayed  intact  were  used.
 I  dint  want  to  see  my  effort  rot  away  so  I  went  through  this  slow  process  to  ensure  that  its  a  lasting  effort.
 
 So  pre-soaked  wood  was  semi  dried(dry  surface  and  moist  inside)  which  became  easily  moldable,  I  bent  them  and  applied  adhessive  simultaneously  to  get  the  desired  structure.
 
 
                                                 
thishon  wrote  (View  Post):                

 It  looks  excellent.  2  years,  WOW,  You  got  lot  of  patience..   Smile  
 
 waiting  for  colour  version,  it  will  be  a  sight  to  see.
                 

 
 BTW  it  wasnt  full  time  work,  infact  first  3/4  of  time  I  dint  even  start  building  process.  As  mentioned  earlier,  it  took  time  to  get  right  material  and  process  it.  The  building  process  took  a  couple  of  months,  in  which  sometimes  I  was  bored  and  left  it  for  days  and  sometimes  just  did  an  hours  work  in  a  day.  Duration  is  long,  but  working  hours  is  just  a  fraction  of  the  whole  time.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:16 pm Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge Reply with quote

                                                   
Nimishhome  wrote  (View  Post):                
Woow,  i  love  this  Scap  ¬†Clapping  
 
 What  material  (white  sheet)  ¬†used  for  giving  slop  at  back  side?
 
 Regards,
 Nimish                

 
 Thanks  Nimish!
 
 That  is  foam/sunboard.  I  use  it  for  architecture  modelmaking.  
 
 I  made  2  steep  bankings  with  it.  It  is  like  a  contoured  structure  that  has  pockets  to  hold  substrate  from  rolling  down.  
 I  have  a  picture  of  those,  cant  find  it  now,  but  I'll  share  it  in  a  couple  of  days.
 
 EDIT-I  have  found  it,  here  is  the  picture...
 


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:07 am Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge Reply with quote

 One  word..."Spectacular"!!
 
 Hat's  off  to  you  Hamza  for  making  such  a  fantastic  looking  scape!  The  bridge  building  process  just  shows  the  level  of  dedicated  work  behind  setting  this  up.   Clapping
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:02 am Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge - Color Photo attached Reply with quote

 Bow   Bow   Bow  
 really  don't  have  words  left.
 
 Congratulations  on  the  master  piece!!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:35 pm Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge - Color Photo attached Reply with quote

 Great  Scape  where  are  the  Staurogyne  repens.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:22 pm Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge - Color Photo attached Reply with quote

 Astounding  work  mate  !  This  place  has  been  on  my  wishlist  for  a  long  time  now..Could  no  visit  it  last  time  i  was  in  cherrpunji...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:24 pm Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge - Color Photo attached Reply with quote

 Hamzaji,  your  work  on  'Living  Bridge'  concept  is  Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:07 pm Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge - Color Photo attached Reply with quote

 This  Saturday  or  Sunday,I  saw  an  article  with  picture  in  Times  of  India  on  the  same  information  that  you  highlighted  in  this  Aquascape.
 It  is  amazing  thought  process  to  transform  I  must  say  to  introduce  the  concept  with  Aquascape.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 12:06 am Post subject: Re: The Living Bridge - Color Photo attached Reply with quote

 Dear  Hamza,
 This  is  an  excellent  aquascape.
 I  am  blown  away  every  time  I  look  at  this.
 
 May  I  ask  for  the  glue  that  you  used  to  hold  the  substructure  in  place?
 Thanks,  
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