Friday, September 17, 2010

Graveyard Columns

A couple years ago I built my graveyard fence.  It's been a great addition to the display but I really wanted to add to this year by building some large entrance columns.  I modeled my columns off the Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris Resort.  I think it will go great with the existing fence as well as match with the exterior style of my house.  The exposed brick from the decaying plaster finish will match well.  Here is a fantastic shot of the Phantom Manor as well as one of the columns.

In my first attempt to make a column 3 years ago I really had a hard time getting my scale correct.  So what I decided to do was contact Ray Keim from Haunted Dimensions to help me figure out approximate dimensions.  Ray was great and sent me over some plans.

This week I started constuction on the frame of the columns.  Here are some pictures of the progress.  So far the only challenge I had was trying to figure out the angle to cut for the middle-upper bars of the column since all sides pull in towards the top.  Good thing my brother-in-law is an engineer to help me figure that one out!  More to come soon!  

Happy Haunting!