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Stripey Lawn Mower

Create abstract lawn art
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Multiple blades at different levels leave a striped cut when you mow creating a zen sand garden effect. (see link)

The otherwise mind numbingly boring chore of mowing the lawn becomes a challenge to your artistic expression. Every mowing would be different. One month a study in geometric forms, the next, a free flowing wavy line affair like Van Gough's Starry Night. The stripes could be turned off with a switch of course so you could have flat areas when necessary.

Imagine the wife saying "Wow, you really outdid yourself mowing the lawn today!"

doctorremulac3, Jul 12 2014

Scroll down http://life-desire.com/?page_id=55
Ignore the new age dribble, just look at the picture [doctorremulac3, Jul 12 2014]

A simple design http://fineartameri...en-dirk-ercken.html
Picture this in grass, not sand obviously. [doctorremulac3, Jul 12 2014]

What it might look like in green http://www.aliexpre...100/1472795332.html
[doctorremulac3, Jul 12 2014]

Zen_20Garden_20Lawn_20Mower [xenzag, Jul 12 2014]

Sort of baked http://www.homedepo...pla&ci_src=17588969
Just one big stripe, but sort of baked [doctorremulac3, Jul 13 2014]

This guy neds your help. http://1.bp.blogspo...f1cX3Wo/s400/12.jpg
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jul 13 2014]


       Re. the first link, [doc]... What possible sequence of events could have led you to that page as an illustration of a Japanese sand garden?   

       (Incidentally, Japanese sand gardens are crap. Paid a fortune. Thing never grew.)
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 12 2014

       Lawnmowers have a single blade that spins around in a circle.. Unless you're going to have a different kind of blade you want to posit, this idea isn't going to work, however fun it is.
HitsMiss, Jul 12 2014

       No they don't. Lawnmowers have a cylinder of helical blades, with its axis horizontal. It would therefore be possible (though not necessarily desirable) to have different cut heights across its width.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 12 2014

       Make it computer controlled and adjustable, to actually render "starry night" in grass.
sninctown, Jul 12 2014

       //Paid a fortune. Thing never grew.//   

       That was the funniest and most awesome joke eer written. Or I'm drunk. Can't tell
Voice, Jul 12 2014

       I used to keep a zen sand garden of sorts in the kitchen for our cat.   

       Anyhoo, I'm thinking about ten little blades that can be arranged together on a flat plane for a flat cut, angled for pyramid shaped furrows like the sand garden example or alternated in height for a straight up striped look. Since they're all separate, you could have them move up and down out of sync with each other to get a wavy effect.   

       Alternately, I wonder if you could just make some little dohicky that presses the grass into shape before the single rotor cuts it. That could almost be retrofitted onto a regular lawnmower.
doctorremulac3, Jul 12 2014

       Redundant..... (see link) I got my first invite unto the BBC genius programme with this. Think it was about the third idea I posted on HB.
xenzag, Jul 12 2014

       Ok, you've got the zen thing, but my favorite part now is the individual blades going up and down for a wavey look. Either that or the attachment thingy that pushes the grass down and up to create patterns.   

       It's evolving. Plus with mine you don't have to understand what "zen" is.   

       Did you actually make one? I'd love to see examples of lawns cut like this. Did it work?
doctorremulac3, Jul 12 2014

       I think [Voice] was drunk. But it was sort of funny.
blissmiss, Jul 13 2014

       I'm afraid of HItsMIss
blissmiss, Jul 13 2014

       I've got it!   

       Wobbly offset wheels would tilt the lawnmower to and fro while you pushed it giving a wave effect! These could be easily added, even slipped onto existing wheels!
doctorremulac3, Jul 13 2014

       Could this device be adapted to make crop circles?
cudgel, Jul 13 2014

       Maybe it already has.
doctorremulac3, Jul 13 2014

       //Lawnmowers have a single blade that spins around in a circle//   

       But the individual grass blades can be pressed down or straightened up by jets of air then cut, or not cut accordingly.
AusCan531, Jul 14 2014

       Hmmm, clever.
doctorremulac3, Jul 14 2014

       Just hire the Crop Circle makers.
xandram, Jul 14 2014


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