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Building Pont de Pierre


Based on many examples seen in Japan, a full-moon bridge with railings was chosen as the style for the first bridge. Materials were limited to lumber no larger than 2x4s. Full of imagination, but lacking in civil engineering experience, a prototype was built to test the load-bearing properties of the design.
Deemed sufficiently strong, the bridge was built in units that could be constructed in the basement during the winter and carried by 2 people to the site with no equipment other than a wheelbarrow. Digging footings, assembling of the units and adding stairs and decking took just a few weekends. The picture shows the bridge installed and complete except for some railing and siding.


The bridge supported the celebrants at its dedication in July 2005.


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