My father and brother came to visit this week, and they brought along a concrete pothead that my dad made. (Thanks, Pete!)
I think I’ll find some sedum to plant in my new concrete planter to make it look like he’s growing hair. (I don’t know much about sedums, so if you happen to have a suggestion for one that would look really nice in the planter, please let me know and I’ll order some).
The head started out as a paper mache experiment, believe it or not. Actually, if you watch this blog very often, you may recall that I made a clay original, and then created a paper mache shell over it. (The posts showing my end of this project are here and here.) When it was dry I made a silicone mold. That way, I could send the light paper mache shell and the thin rubber mold to Bellingham without paying postage for 30 pounds of clay. When it arrived, my dad, Pete Havekost, finished making the support mold, created a plug so the planter would have a space for the roots, and then poured the concrete. I think it came out rather nice, don’t you? And it will get even nicer as it ages out in the garden.
By the way, my dad has a website where you can find some interesting articles. His tutorial and video about making a concrete leaf is his most popular post, especially at this time of year. He doesn’t have a tutorial about making potheads yet, but maybe we can talk him into writing an eBook or something – they’re really nice, but they’re too heavy to ship, so if you want one you’d really need to make your own. (And although it may sound like I know exactly how he did it, I was really bluffing – I’ve never watched the process all the way through.)
I’ll also try to talk him into sending a photo of one of the potheads that he makes using a styrofoam head for the form – they have a really classic look to them, especially when planted.