Zen Rock Garden

Zen rock gardens are decorative gardens designed to bring peace and tranquility to those around it. Using materials mostly from a recent vacation to Colorado I constructed a pint sized rock garden to help remind me of the peace and tranquility that I find at home in Colorado.

Empty Wood Box for the Rock Garden

The garden is contained in an open wooden box. The length and width dimensions were chosen to match with the golden ratio made famous by renaissance era painters, so the ratio of length to width is approximately 1.618. The length of the box is 8 inches, and the width was cut as close to 4.94 inches as possible (ie: 4-15/16th). The interior depth of the box is 1.5 inches. The pine wood was finished with a Mahogany stain and a paste finishing was rubbed on and polished to finish the wood.

The rake was fabricated from 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2″ dowels. It was difficult to accurately drill the holes in the round dowel to position the prongs of the rake. Three river rocks taken from a stream crossing on the Colorado trail just outside of Breckenridge, Colorado are used as decoration in the garden. Sand from a sand trap on the Breckenridge golf course finishes the garden.

Zen rock garden with sand


About Ryan

Ryan is currently a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Air Force Research Laboratory. His research area includes Prognostic Health Management of Electronics. For more information please visit: www.rdlowe.com
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