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Southern Bottle Tree
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Bottle Trees for Good Luck
I think Bottle Trees are so interesting to look at and they each seem to have their own personality. The first one that I ever remember seeing was on Edisto Island, South Carolina and since then have seen many more. They have really gained in popularity and although it is preferred by many to make your own, there are companies that sell them. I have searched the internet and really like the looks of this one that I am featuring here. It is handcrafted in the USA which is important to me and I like the idea that it is made by a family owned welding business in Mississippi.
Bottle Trees are thought to capture evil spirits and prevent them from entering your home so most are placed near the entrance. Many people just like the looks of them and don't even realize that they have or had a significance. More seems to be written about them lately and folks seem to appreciate how unique they are. The blue bottles seem to be the most popular and I guess it is because the color blue is supposed to scare the evil spirits, too.
This one is called The Big Daddy Bottle Tree (picture on right) and will hold 25 bottles that are not included. It is made out of steel and will last for years. You can even bend the limbs in the position that you want them by using the piece of steel that is included for that purpose. It stands 62 inches when inserted into the ground 18 inches deep. One of the reviewers was surprised to find out that hers rusted but I think that would add to its beauty but I imagine you could always add something to prevent it from rusting.
Bottle Trees by Felder Rushing
Author Felder Rushing shows 60 of the pictures he has taken of bottle trees and tells the story of each. I love to hear people's stories so know I would enjoy this book. The reviews on Amazon are wonderful and you might enjoy reading them. I sure did.
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- History of Bottle Trees
Author Felder Rushing tells about photographing bottle trees and gives a history of bottle trees as well as the story behind the photos he took. Very interesting website.
Bottle Tree - A Poem by Patricia Neely-Dorsey
Bottle Tree by Patricia Neely Dorsey
Patricia Neely Dorsey has written some wonderful Southern Poetry and this is one of her poems. The Bottle Tree photo was taken by Bob Franks. The photo and the poem are both wonderful and I appreciate Patricia allowing me to share them with you. Patricia has two books of her poetry and you can read about them on these pages:
Do You Believe in Bottle Trees?
Do you think Bottle Trees really capture the evil spirits?
This is a very colorful set of 6 bottles. These would be so pretty with the light shining through them.
Blue Bottles or Colored Bottles?
More Bottle Tree Selections
Your bottles can be all the same color and a lot of people prefer the blue ones or they can be a variety of colors. When the light from the sun shines through them it really is a gorgeous sight.
Of course, I don't really believe that the evil spirits are captured in the Bottle Tree but I sure like the idea and love the look so will proudly have one in my yard one day.
Most often you will see the Cobalt Blue Bottles used but more and more people are adding other colors, sizes and shapes. One can really make a statement with their Bottle Tree.
My Lonely Blue Bottle
Where did the Art of Bottle Trees Begin?
It is thought that Bottle Trees came to the USA with the African Slave Trade and showed up first in the south. Today Bottle Trees can be found all over the USA as well as Europe. It is now recognized as an art form and a very interesting one, indeed.
I have also seen colorful bottles on stakes and just stuck in the ground which also can make a beautiful display and look like flowers in bloom.
There are many who believe that Bottle Trees existed much earlier than previously thought and that they were in Egypt.
Bottle Tree Videos
Enjoy looking at these videos of Bottle Trees.
There are so many different ways to make them if you are interested in making your own.
I have an idea of what I want mine to look like and where I want to put it. Maybe one day I will own a Bottle Tree and get rid of any evil spirits that may be lurking around our home.
Elmer the Welder Makes Bottle Trees
Wow, more than 200 bottle trees in one yard. amazing! Elmer was 67 years old before he took up welding but when he did he went full steam ahead and couldn't stop. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did. Very fascinating.
Bottle Trees by Stephanie Dwyer
Beautiful and very unique bottle trees by artist, Stephanie Dwyer.
Interesting that she says she does not try to please everyone with her art. She is very gifted and I enjoyed hearing her story and appreciate that she shared it on YouTube. She does a great job of telling a brief history of the Bottle Tree.
Bottle Tree Bob Demonstrates the Creation of a Bottle Tree
Bottle Tree Bob has some good suggestions for welding a Bottle Tree.
I think I will check with some welders I know and see if they would be interested in creating a Bottle Tree for me. Bottle Tree Bob likes for his trees to look like real trees and branches. I like that, too.