- Pressure-treated Eucalyptus poles
- Synthetic rope
Creating an outdoor dining option can be tricky since there are no walls. The challenge was to maximize outdoor seating while minimizing vertical poles. Additional challenges included:
- Tie into the African-themed environment of the nearby exhibits.
- Fabricate with materials that will last at least 15-20 years.
- Hide all bolts and screws at the joints.
The winning solution:
- Eucalyptus was the hands-down choice for the timber. Since eucalyptus is native to Africa, it delivers the authentic look and feel of the region and conveys the African vibe.
- Eucalyptus’ strength worked well to maximize the span between vertical poles.
- Synthetic rope was used to lash all of the joints.
- Both materials need minimal maintenance.
The African exhibit in the Dallas Zoo now has a secure and authentic outdoor dining area for guests to enjoy. They love the authentic feel of the structure. Although the materials were sourced by amaZulu, Jeff Larmee @ Tiki King was the designer and fabricator of this project.