Main Project Final Report Part 1: Shi-Shi Odoshi

What and Why?

For my final project, I chose to make a miniature Shi-Shi Odoshi, which is a Japanese water fountain. Historically, it is used as a scarecrow in Japanese gardens to keep animals from destroying and eating the plants. My main motivation for choosing this was the fact that I have always been a big fan of the peaceful, natural look of Japanese gardens and my mother would have a lot of these fountains spread around the house when I was little. Making this is kind of an adventure back to my childhood and creating something that I have grown quite fond of. Ultimately, my favorite aspect of this water fountain that I will be trying to incorporate in my version is the simplistic design and the rhythmic sound that it makes.

Intended Aesthetic

Rather than use the traditional bamboo as the main material, I want to use PVC and spray paint to create a cold, metallic aesthetic to my fountain. I think that by keeping it simple and using a dark, monochromatic theme will make my Shi-Shi Odoshi look modern and minimalist. The ultimate goal here is to make sure the functionality of the fountain remains the same even with the change of material and appearance.

Final Aesthetic

In the end, I was able to achieve my modern, metallic aesthetic. The black, metallic paint that I used really made the entire project look sleek and modern. Also, the addition of the metal bracket that I placed to keep the wood from warping really added to my metallic aesthetic.

Material and Budget

The basic layout of a Shi-Shi Odoshi is pretty simple because it only requires a water container, a pin, two supports, and a water source. For this reason, I did not really require that many materials. List below are all the materials and the cost of each one:

  • Bamboo Chopstick
  • PVC Pipe
  • Nails
  • Black Metallic Paint

Along with this list of materials there were also a number of tools and equipment that I used to put this Shi-Shi Odoshi together. These include:

  • Band Saw
  • Hot Glue
  • Hand Drill
  • Hammer
  • File
  • Pliers
  • Tape Measurer
  • Bow Saw

Video of Presentation



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9 Comments. Leave new

  • Samuel Sawyer
    May 8, 2019 5:40 pm

    Presentation – I thought you did a very good job presenting your final project, and it has a very great auditory component to it, so I’m glad you were able to do that. Great job!

    Post – Although you wanted to go for a minimalist look, I still would have loved to see the construction a little bigger, and maybe some other slight changes. If you had used a thicker base, you could have probably avoided the warping you encountered, and it may have felt more anchored, and I believe that using bamboo that had been spray panted would have still looked minimalist, while also looking traditional. I feel that part of the function is defined by the movement, as you stated the sound, and in my opinion, the look. However, given your intents I think your project turned out great!!! Congratulations!

  • Morgan Benninger
    May 8, 2019 4:32 pm

    I like that you achieved the design and aesthetic you were shooting for. I see that others have commented that an alternative to wood may be a better choice and I’d second that. Great job this semester.

  • Alexis Nibbelink
    May 6, 2019 10:50 pm

    I love the simplicity and attention to detail. I love the aesthetic you applied with the use of metal. Great job and great presentation.

  • This project came out really professional. It is evident that you took a great deal of care when manufacturing it. I can see that you payed attention to detail! I also had regrets of not using better wood. I didn’t know it would make such a difference. Well, you live and you learn. Well done!

  • Andrew Oliver
    April 29, 2019 1:25 pm

    Hello Evan, your final product came out really nice. It looks very similar to the professional pieces you showed in your slides. It would be cool if you could figure out how to incorporate it into a natural water feature

  • Jordan Nahabetian
    April 29, 2019 1:25 pm

    Your final product came out nice! Your refinements really made a difference in the quality of your project. The pivot is smooth and the paint is evenly sprayed. I agree with your reflection about using better quality wood for the base. Maybe even a metal base would work.

  • Abdulrahman Alnoaim
    April 29, 2019 1:23 pm

    That’s such a simple and cool design. It was so satisfying to watch the pipe filled up with water and making that sound. Good job!

  • Tanner Wismer
    April 29, 2019 1:23 pm

    Your final project looks really good! The black sleek design and aesthetic makes it look pretty cool. I would suggest using a plastic or acrylic instead of wood next time so that it doesn’t warp like that when coming into contact with water. Good job!

  • Chris Mcfadden
    April 29, 2019 1:22 pm

    Really cool idea. You could maybe add bearings to help it tip over. Although you would need them to be water resistant. I like the metal aesthetic and even though it was an after thought the metal support adds a lot to it. Great job.


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