Tim Matson is an award winning author about ponds, pond design, and pond building. If you are into pond building, planning to build a pond, or repairing an existing pond, you have come to the right place. Tim consults with scores of property owners each year, providing advice and counsel at reasonable rates. Photo by Joe Mehling.
It's been a remarkable and exciting time for ponds, which are more popular than ever. And never a better time to learn about pond purchasing, siting and building new ponds, and rejuvenating old or troubled ones. There are traditional and new pond maintenance techniques on review, as well as recreation features such as swimming, skating, fishing, and wildlife attraction.
With both new and experienced pond enthusiasts in mind, I have put together this newly updated Index of the best Pondology essays, organized for easy access to category and subject. You will
find here a wide-ranging reference source for all things pond, as well as potential inspiration for improvements, inventions, and refinements of your own. To access the new Pondology Index CLICK HERE
"Aside from some particularly thoughtful frogs and phragmites, no one on earth knows more about ponds than Tim Matson. His books have counseled and consoled me through the digging of two ponds, making a daunting process far more interesting and pleasurable than it deserved to be. His... A to Z Encyclopedia is the ultimate pond-owner's companion, brimming with sound advice, smart suggestions, and answers to ancient riddles. But this book doesn't only instruct -- there's delight here too." Michael Pollan,
author of the Botany of Desire, Cooked, How to Change Your Mind, and more.
Listen to Tim Matson read a selection from Earth Ponds: The Country Pond Maker's Guide to Building, Maintenance, and Restoration. Click on the book cover.
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Summer Discount 10% off
Go on location with Tim Matson to more than a dozen ponds to see the amazing array of ways ponds can be used, and how they are sited, designed, and constructed. Uses: Swim Ponds, Irrigation, Fishing, Skating, Wetland Habitats, Wildlife Attraction, and Islands. Construction: Embankment and Excavated Ponds, Site Selection, Natural and Pipe Spillways, Test Pits, Estimating Cost, Design and Construction Criteria, Silt Pools, By Pass Ponds, and Stocking Fish.
"The number of ponds shown is fantastic... the DVD covers biology, construction, design, aquaculture, wildlife use, and virtually every aspect of a pond in an intelligent, matter of fact manner. Plus the virtual tour of Vermont summer (plus a little ice skating) is highly entertaining. Highly recommended."
The Permaculture Activist.
DVD 48 Minutes
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Before his work in pond design, Tim Matson was an award-winning photographer and story teller. His new website offers a look at early work, much of it never seen. Now you can.
"Matson has the eye of a cinematographer,"
The Harvard Crimson
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Twentieth Anniversary Special Offer
Tim Matson takes us on a Round Trip to Deadsville:
A Year in the Funeral Underground
Our narrator, assaulted by middle-aged existential doubt and morbid preoccupations, sets out to confront the demons of death and the denizens of the funeral trade. In Deadsville, the author taps death on the shoulder and asks to bum a ride...
"A loose, funny, surprisingly thoughtful ramble through a crowd of interesting Vermont characters who happen to make a living in dying." - Yankee Magazine
National Book Award PEN/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize winning writer Annie Proulx says “Tim Matson is an enthusiastic and ebullient man who gets more savory pleasure out of one wild strawberry than most people do from a ten-course dinner at the Ritz."
Tim Matson's classic exploration of death and life is his highest-rated book on both Amazon and Good Reads. Available in a limited supply, signed with your personal inscription. Paperback, 148 pages. $50.
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