When my husband restored Ochoa Court, all of the early 1900s plumbing had to go. Pipes were piled in a heap in the driveway for months until one morning David said he'd figured out how to reuse them.
Thus was born the pipe fence, which David designed and ace welder Jim Fredd fabricated. Visitors to the Ochoa apartments, which are in the barrio south of downtown, often ask about the pipe fence and its sister, the pipe gate.
Ochoa Court also had a dead palm tree that needed to be taken down before it fell on someone. David eliminated the danger but never quite got around to removing the stump. A couple of years later he dreamed up a better solution -- the palm planter.
Tucsonans are creative recyclers, and I'll write about some of my other favorite ideas over the next few weeks. Meanwhile, here's a photo of one more pipe project -- a curious insect in front of the Tasteful Kitchen restaurant on North Stone Avenue.