Post # 1
I was originally going to go with Nettleton Hollow’s birch poles, then found a place in Maine that was cheaper (naturallist.com – with the double-L)… but shipping is still outrageous. Bamboo seemed like a nice (and sustainable) alternative, but Mr.GV and MomGV both think bamboo will look out of place. We bought big wood buckets from Michaels to use for the 4 bases and plan to put the poles in and fill them with plaster. My mom thinks that PVC pipe wrapped with ribbon would work well and look nice (not Maypole-style with the ribbons hanging down, just wrapped around flush to the pipe… like a completed Maypole ). What do you think?
Post # 3
I think that’ll look beautiful! I’d tack the ribbon down every few loops (perhaps with a glue dot), so that it doesn’t get saggy.
Post # 4
We got some bamboo poles for ours (though we may not actually use them). We cut them down for free from a neighbor with lots of bamboo. I think it’ll be really pretty. PVC pipe wrapped with ribbon would be nice too. Closet poles are another alternative that you can buy locally. Hope that helps.
Post # 5
Great ideas – thanks so much! I think we’ll try to find something pre-cut or that can be cut in the store, so closet poles could be the answer. And great thinking with the glue dots – I probably wouldn’t have thought of that and then would have ended up with pooling ribbon at the bottoms of the poles.
Post # 6
My sister-in-law used bamboo we cut from outside (green) and it was gorgeous. Whatever you do – I would love to see you pictures!
BTW – I don’t know if you are looking for eco-friendly judaica – but I recently created a green judaica page – http://www.greenbarmitzvahs.com/lookbook/page9/page9.html
Good luck with chuppah!
P.s. Have you thought about trying to borrow or rent one from a synagogue?
Post # 7
Speaking of buying or renting…should I offer to GIVE mine to a local synagogue? (No way we are shipping it home)
Post # 8
I think that would be nice if they have the room