Meet Bob Dews
Leading Water Feature Designer
Have you ever paused by a stream or pond and found yourself entranced by the sights and sounds of water? Let’s face it, God created many things on this earth for our pleasure, but nothing beats the therapeutic qualities of water. The primary contribution to this pleasure is the overwhelming stimulation to the senses that water provides. Visually, we are stimulated by the reflections, ripples, splashes, and droplets. Acoustically, we hear the different rhythms and tones created by water. Finally, our curiosity is stirred by the plants and animals that live in and around water. Water is the essential element needed to sustain life; therefore we are inspired by it.
Bob Dews, owner of Xstream Ponds in Cashiers, North Carolina understands the elements needed to design and build natural looking waterfeature. “We have a great classroom all around here and I’ve taken advantage of that for the past 10 years by exploring and studying water movement around the mountains in which we live,” Bob says. “I’ve have a desire to learn the how’s and why’s of what makes people so attracted to water and I understand the principles of what takes place in the sub-conscious mind when people encounter water.
“There is a combination of art and science to produce a truly natural looking waterfeature”, Bob Continues. “You have to visualize every detail of the finished product before you even begin. Water is relentless in its desire to follow gravity; therefore, you must have the technically expertise to make it perform what you want, when you want. The art”, he explains, “is just a gift as any artist will tell you.”
The work of Xstream Ponds has been nationally acclaimed and Bob is considered a leader in the waterfeature industry. Bob has spoken at numerous Landscape conventions and has written extensively for trade publications on the subject of naturalizing waterfeatures. “I love my work”, continues Bob. “Every setting is different; therefore, every project has a life of its own. I have a passion to create a unique piece of art that will be therapy for ever life and add value enhancement for every home.” According to Bob’s customers, it the best investment they have ever made in their home.