The final touches have been put on the natural playground structure for Immanuel Lutheran preschoolers and they have already been putting it through its paces.

The deck, climbing wall and steps are made from white oak, the posts are eastern red cedar, and all of the twisty branches are osage orange. The three species of wood were chosen for their ability to weather the elements, while the white oak and osage orange have the added benefit of being exceptionally strong.

White Oak and Osage Orange Climbing Wall for PreschoolersThe climbing wall is made from white oak with cedar chunks.

White Oak and Osage Orange Climbing Wall for PreschoolersIn the back is a swinging piece of osage orange suspended from a u-shaped branch.

White Oak and Osage Orange Climbing Wall for PreschoolersThe slide has white oak for the structure and an outdoor plastic for the top.

White Oak and Osage Orange Climbing Wall for PreschoolersThe two steps are made from large pieces of solid white oak.

White Oak and Osage Orange Climbing Wall for PreschoolersWind chimes hang from this corner.

Thanks to the staff at Immanuel for being great hosts. They always greeted me with a smile and sometimes, even with cookies.

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