ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Building a Backyard Waterwheel

Updated on February 8, 2015

Who is The Waterwheelman?

www.waterwheelman.com

This is the story of a backyard landscaping project that grew. When my Dad retired, he wanted to build a beautiful water garden of ponds and a stream with a waterwheel. The problem was how to make the wheel. Although the concept seemed simple enough, building a waterwheel that would look good and run well was a big challenge. It took a lot of trial and error to reinvent a perfect working waterwheel, but he did it. Now he enjoys sharing his waterwheel blueprints with enthusiasts all over the world.

Image Credit: The Waterwheelman. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

My parents have been enjoying their lovely back yard water feature for many years. Since it was so hard to find out how to make a good-looking, working wheel, I convinced Dad to draw up his method and make the plans available on the internet. This was quite a step, considering that he didn't think he'd ever bother to have internet. (Remember, it was quite a few years ago.)

So he drew up the plans, wrote easy to follow instructions, had blueprints printed, and we made a website so people could buy the plans from him. His goal was to make the blueprints and instructions so easy to follow that even the most inexperienced woodworker could have the satisfaction of building the project, and when it was finished, it would work!

Follow this link to learn more about the plans available. Waterwheel Plans

Image Credit: The Waterwheelman. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Dad's waterwheel and landscape with pond
Dad's waterwheel and landscape with pond

Reinventing the Wheel

My Dad always spent a lot of time in his woodworking shop. He earned his living as a carpenter, cabinet maker and contractor. You'd think that building a waterwheel would be easy. The problem was that there were no plans to be found. This was in the days before information was at your fingertips on the internet. In the end, he figured out the plan and method for himself with a lot of trial and error. His wheel is simple to make, runs smoothly and looks charmingly authentic in his garden setting.

Image Credit: The Waterwheelman. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Waterwheel at night
Waterwheel at night

Waterwheels Everywhere

Saving other water gardeners a lot of frustration

This has been a satisfying adventure. Do-it-yourselfers from all over the world have purchased the plans. Dad has a world map with pins for the locations of wheels built from his blueprints. People have sent him photos and told the story of their own backyard projects. It is so satisfying to hear of his plans making the difference for all of these people who now have a working waterwheel in their yard. He even made a wheel for me and carried the parts halfway across the country so he could assemble it in my garage. Then he spent the Christmas vacation building a pond and stream for it. That's commitment!

Image Credit: Author's photo

Do-it-yourself Backyard Waterwheel Photos - Here are some of the waterwheels people have built from the plans

Click thumbnail to view full-size

My parents' back yard is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature. The water gardens are surrounded by flowers, shrubs and hanging baskets. We sit on the flagstone terrace and drink our coffee to the trickle of water falling from the waterwheel.

An endless variety of birds and other wildlife come to refresh themselves by the stream. It's a nature lover's paradise. Winter, spring, summer and fall, the yard is alive with the creatures who have chosen to make their home here.

Image Credit: The Waterwheelman. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Water Lily
Water Lily

Guestbook Comments - Share your thoughts!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      kenny cohen 21 months ago

      It looks incredible i tried the link but it's not working. would love to get the plans.

    • favored profile image

      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      These are lovely. I'd love to have a garden with one of these designs. Visited the website as well and enjoyed all the photos. Thank you for sharing this.

    • profile image

      IreneL11 4 years ago

      I think your dad is great!

    • Art-Aspirations profile image
      Author

      Art-Aspirations 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for letting me know about this. I had no idea it was featured.

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a cool idea, love it, saw your lens featured on Editor for the Day: Bakerwoman Shows Us Some Great Garden Wildlife Habitat Lenses

    • Countryluthier profile image

      E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

      Awesome project! Gotta have one soon! Wish I could bless this fine lens.

    • LiteraryMind profile image

      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      A rustic waterwheel always adds a nice warm touch to a water feature. Your Dad's plans are great.

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Fascinating and gorgeous! Pinned to my board "how does your garden grow."

    • Art-Aspirations profile image
      Author

      Art-Aspirations 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks, Tom. Dad will be so glad to hear from you.

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      Bob:

      I built my waterwheel using your plans over 8 years ago when I was recovering from my back surgery, and it is still going strong. The plans are easy to follow and the results are beautiful!! Thanks for including a picture of our wheel on your website.

      Lynda: Your website is great-very professional. I'm sure your dad appreciates the work you put into it on his behalf.

    • Lynda Makara profile image

      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      Great job! Your very first lens and you really nailed it! I loved your story about your dad's waterwheel. Angel blessings.

    • shellys-space profile image

      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Your dad is talented! I am amazed how beautiful his waterwheel is and I love his backyard retreat! Blessed :)

    • srsddn lm profile image

      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Quite interesting.

    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great story.

    • LittleLindaPinda profile image

      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      So pretty. I would love looking out at that.

    • squidoopets profile image

      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      How lovely, a water wheel garden

    • Kiwisoutback profile image

      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'm lucky enough to live near quite a few water wheels. The Plymouth area is old, so they still exist on a lot of rivers in the region. Having one in your own backyard would be a beautiful addition to any property. Excellent job with this lens, blessed!

    • priscillab profile image

      priscillab 6 years ago

      This is a magical idea for a home. Lovely lens. Thanks for sharing it. So very pretty.

    • kathysart profile image

      kathysart 6 years ago

      HOW MAGICAL! Ohh that would be so fun to have a waterwheel! How perfect!! Angel blessed.

    • Blackspaniel1 profile image

      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

    • firstcookbooklady profile image

      Char Milbrett 6 years ago from Minnesota

      LOVE mills!!! i have one room in my home decorated with water wheel pictures, and my basement stairwell has a watermill scene on it. See my painting with acrylics page... for a picture..

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a delight...your Dad did the waterwheel so just right for that old world wonder feel and this serves as a wonderful tribute to his creative art...I love that you have included several example from folks using his plans to one success after another. I don't have a yard right now but a I do have hope to one day create a dream come true yard and your Dad's water wheel has just found a place in my dreams...lovely!

    • Ilonagarden profile image

      Ilona E 6 years ago from Ohio

      This is really a great garden ornament feature. Your family is full of talented artistic people, and I loved the pictures, too.

    • wolfie10 profile image

      wolfie10 6 years ago

      i would love to have one of them in my yard. beautiful

    • Ashly Rain profile image

      Ashly Rain 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens!!! Your father appears to be incredibly talented, and his tenacity is something to admire.

    • Art-Aspirations profile image
      Author

      Art-Aspirations 6 years ago

      @julieannbrady: My dad loves to chat about waterwheels. If you click over to his website and get in touch with him, I'm sure he'd be happy to talk with you.

    • profile image

      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Can I arrange a waterwheel consultation for my backyard? It looks fabulous and I've always loved the sound of a "waterfall" ... a waterwheel looks cool ... can I generate a little electricity too? [Jacksonville, FL]

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)