A twig tuteur is similar to an obelisk, but sturdier and more rigid. Twigs to make a tuteur will need to be thicker and stronger, to hold their shape and the weight of a more robust vine.
I’ve seen these made out of cedar and placed over a ‘Versailles’ planter – a square box with feet on the bottom to hold them up off the ground.
The look is that of a formal topiary shape once the planted vines cover and fill the tuteur.
Adapting some of the same methods to build a twig tuteur as a twig trellis you can make several of these in an afternoon to plant beans or peas on them in the vegetable garden.
To start making your twig tuteur, first decide on its function. Will it go on top of a large box or container?
Or directly in the ground?
Confirming these choices will mean a difference in the ultimate height - in most cases, if the container is 30-50cm (12-18") tall, then the top of the tuteur is best at about 1.5 meters (~5').
Any taller than this and there is a danger of it blowing over in a wind storm – a disaster if you have a precious vine growing up it.
Once you’re sure that the twig tuteur will stand up to use, install it in your container, or the garden for planting.