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It all began with a trellis. Jim Krempel put together his first piece of ornamental ironwork that was so successful it led to a new hobby.
  • A new hobby

    It all began with a trellis. Marry Ann Krempel needed a structure sturdy enough to support a hydrangea vine she wanted to grow up a bare stucco wall by her garage. She asked her husband, Jim, if he could fashion something. And so he put together his first piece of ornamental ironwork that was so successful it led to a new hobby. Here, Jim puts the finishing touches on a piece of ornamental ironwork for the yard.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • New uses for old things

    Both Jim and Mary Ann like to find new uses for old things, as in this cast-off chair she found and planted with summer petunias and bacopa.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Sunset pattern

    The sunburst is a patter that Jim often repeats in his designs.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Decorative arbor gate

    Jim used cornstalk castings to decorate the arbor gate that leads to the vegetable garden.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Practical yet attractive solutions

    Jim likes to come up with practical yet attractive solutions to a problem, such as this finial-topped piece of fencing that serves to keep a rapidly growing hydrangea behind it from flopping on the hosta at the front of the flowerbed.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Even dogs enjoy it

    The Krempels' 14-year-old black labrador, Hosta, enjoys the out-of-doors as much as they do.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Decorative lighting

    Jim installed decorative lighting in his yard by electrifying and adding a top to these metal and glass tea lights.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • MIG welder

    Jim uses a MIG welder to add castings such as this final end, to decorate his ironwork.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Enjoy the natural surroundings

    Mary Ann and Jim never forget to take time to relax and enjoy the tranquility and charm of their natural surroundings.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
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