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The Gazebo is a fearsome creature of legend, fought by Beowulf in his self-titled epic poem:"
And Beowulf walked into the garden, and he beheld the Gazebo. The Gazebo did not falter. Beowulf drew his bow taut and fired upon the beast, but it caused no reaction. Fear crept into Beowulf's heart as he fired again...”
A Gazebo Egg on its pedestal.Its mother can be seen in the reflection.
Gazebos are very large creatures, some growing as large as small houses. Gazebos start their lives as eggs. These eggs are very shiny and perfectly round, and are placed atop small pedestals in the middle of their native yard. Shortly after hatching, the young gazebo, also called a Trellis, covers itself in plant material as camouflage, while living off of small animals such as puppies and kittens that wander too close. Gazebos reach maturity at around 3 years. Young adults are typically only 3 meters high, with a diameter of 4 meters. Some gazebos, however, can grow up to 5 meters high and 10 meters in diameter. One species, the Emperor Gazebo, can grow to an incredible 50 meters in height.
Stages of Development
The Gazebo goes through 5 basic stages of development.
1. Hatchling Trellis - These trellises are small, and often hide themselves against fences, and, much like a chameleon, are colored to match their surroundings.
2. Juvenile Trellis - At the second stage, the young trellis has two legs and a roof, and begins to resemble a gazebo. During this stage, the trellis covers itself in foliage to camouflage itself.
3. Young Gazebo - At this phase, the trellis is officially considered a gazebo. It has a well-defined roof, and more than two legs.
4. Adult Gazebo - Now the gazebo has more legs, and has become sexually mature. Gazebos at this stage begin to seek mates, and pedestals on which to lay their eggs.
5. Mature Gazebo - The final stage of gazebo life is the Mature Gazebo. The gazebo now has a floor, many legs, and a much more defined roof. The gazebos grow larger from this point, but maintain their basic shape.
The much feared Emperor Gazebo in all its glory.
The Gazebo lives in small parks or in large private lawns. It is believed that the creatures feed on small children found in these areas. Gazebos are capable of remaining still for days and weeks at a time, waiting for their prey to wander into range. When a potential meal gets near, the gazebo lashes out violently. Gazebos that live in parks have been known to save their food, storing it in metal cages, known as monkey bars. Alice in Chains were famously known for using Gazebos in their live shows, along with young girls bound and gagged.
Due to the untamed ferocity of the beasts, it is recommended that you avoid confrontation with Gazebos if at all possible (unless you have a Nazi-sympathizer boyfriend who is sixteen going on seventeen, waiting for life to start). However, in some circumstances, a confrontation cannot be prevented. Gazebos predate with extreme disregard for their own well being, only surrendering its prey upon the gazebo's own death. Any exchange with a gazebo is a fight to the death. With that in mind, the only reliable means destroying one is to light it on fire. Preferably, this fire should be produced by a flame-emitting device such as a flamethrower or a battlemage. Striking the creature with Crossbow Bolts of Slaying or Hackmaster +12s produce very little effect, and, while it is theoretically possible to kill a gazebo this way, the number of strikes required is enormous. By such time, the creature will have killed the would-be gazebo-slayer. Also, it is important to note if you get into a confrontation with a Gazebo, you will be in a one-on-one duel. No one can help you. You must face the Gazebo alone.
Studies into useful applications of gazebos have yielded little results. Recognizing that man turns more and more to nature for further sources of medicine and innovation, the conglomerate known as Home Depot has initiated a domesticated gazebo-farming program. The program has, as yet, failed to bear useful fruit, despite a number of dead end avenues of research. Gazebo shavings were found to have half the sodium of traditional bacon bits, yet twice the cholesterol and itchiness. In the 1990’s a resin was boiled and distilled from gazebo genitalia then put into aerosol cans and marketed as “spray on hair”, but the idea generated little revenue. The only profitable use found thus far has been selling pulverized gazebo eggs to elementary schools for arts and crafts. It is doubtful, however, that this will become a widespread enterprise because of the ferocious protectiveness of the adult gazebos.
The Gazebo has few known natural enemies. Among them
Seriously folks; gazebos are pavilion structures, often octagonal, commonly found in parks, gardens, and spacious public areas. Gazebos are freestanding, or attached to a garden wall, roofed, and open on all sides; they provide shade, basic shelter, ornamental features in a landscape, and a place to rest. Some gazebos in public parks are large enough to serve as bandstands. A simple, quiet little garden retreat, a place where we can enjoy a breeze and perhaps a view as we relax and gather our thoughts, offers and appealing respite to our high-tech, high-speed, 21st century lives.
Gazebos have been a popular garden structure for many centuries, providing shade from the sun and shelter from rain and snow, and offering a quiet place for meditation or quiet conversation. The great thing is, like the Victorian themselves, 21st century homeowners are taking an eclectic approach.They realize that this adaptable form we call a gazebo doesn't’t need to mimic the style of their house – as long as it complements their home and their garden.
Gazebos are sometimes equipped with screen sides to ward off flying insects. This addition has recently gained popularity due to growing concerns about mosquito-carried West Nile virus.
A wood gazebo can be rustic or elegant, painted or natural — but whatever style of wood gazebo you might choose, you can be sure it will add a beautiful and relaxing touch of nature along with protection from sun and rain.
A Wood Gazebo with a cupola
Wood Gazebo Construction
* Wood gazebos are most often constructed of pressure-treated pine or western red cedar.
* Fasteners should be of stainless steel or treated for corrosion resistance.
* Roofing materials should make use of quality shingles. Cedar shake shingles are popular choices for gazebo roofing.
Western Red Cedar is a popular choice for gazebos due to its natural beauty, its resistance to decay, its distinctive aroma, and its longevity. Western Red Cedar contains natural oils that help the wood resist decay and rot, and serves as a natural deterrent to insects. When properly finished, and maintained well, Western Red Cedar lasts for many years and ages beautifully.
Cedar is a particularly beautiful wood, withy a textured grain that ranges in color from rich browns to reds, cinnamon, and amber. Because cedar is free from the pitch and resins found in almost all other woods, it is exceptionally suitable for a wide range of finishes, from oils and stains to paint.
Western red cedar is much more stable than most
soft woods, which makes it particularly suitable for structures such as gazebos.
Cedar lies flat, doesn't shrink, and holds it fastenings tightly. It can be
planed to an exceptionally smooth surface, and it does not need any toxic
chemical treatments to make it resistant to decay.
Treated Pine Gazebos
Pine gazebos are usually constructed of lodgepole pine that has been pressure treated to make it resistant to decay, rot, and insect damage. Properly prepared pine can be stained or painted to your liking.
* Built in bench seats, chairs, or tables
* Built in swings
* Wiring packages for electricity
* Ceiling fans (require electricity)
* Screened windows to keep out mosquito's, flies and other pests
* Fancy railings, brackets, support posts
* Regular roof or double roof
* Roof cupola - Cupolas were originally designed as ventilation, to permit airflow through the roof of the gazebo. In many of today's gazebos, however, they may be purely decorative. If you want a cupola for roof ventilation, be sure to check and make sure that the gazebo and roof cupola you are considering are designed to provide ventilation, and that the cupola is not purely decorative in nature.
* Weathervane on the roof
Different gazebo designs have become increasingly popular over the past few years and there are currently more styles and designs on the market than ever before. Gazebos are usually found outdoors and are used for many things. Some individuals enjoy their gazebos by using them as a place to read or watch the sunset, while others use them to entertain guests for parties. Regardless of their use, it is very important for gazebos to be made of strong, weather resistant materials which will ensure that your gazebo will last a long time.
When it comes to the design of your gazebo, there are a number of things to look for in order to ensure you are purchasing the best design possible. Below you will find a list of things to consider when choosing a gazebo design:
Material - As noted above, the material you choose for your gazebo will highly affect the outcome of the design. Generally, wood and aluminum are strongest materials to choose and both forms of material will hold up well in harsh weather conditions. If you choose wood as the material for your gazebo, you may want to choose a pressure-treated form to ensure the best resistance to bad weather.
Design - The design and structure of your gazebo is very important and must be decided very carefully. Make sure your gazebo has a sturdy base with strong sides or poles. The top of your gazebo should also be strong. The best styles to choose tend to be tops which are completely enclosed, letting no air in. Many gazebo manufacturers will try and sell you weak gazebos which will not have the strength to withstand harsh weather conditions. It is your job, as the consumer to make sure your gazebo is strong.
Shape and Size - The shape and size of your gazebo are important factors in determining whether or not you will be satisfied with your choice. Both the size and the shape of the gazebo you choose should depend on the size and shape of your backyard (or wherever it will be located). Most families don't want a gazebo which is going to take up three quarters of their yard and yet they also don't want to spend that much money on a structure which only fits two people.
These are important factors which must be considered before making any decisions. In order to get the best outdoor gazebo for your yard, choose carefully. A gazebo is a large investment which will hopefully last you a long time.
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