I have begun building nest boxes for screech owls, American kestrels, Gila woodpeckers, and house finches.
I asked my friend, Tiffany, a resident of the Central California Coast and avid birder, whether she too would like a house; and, if so, for what type of bird.
The Oakland communities of the Central California coast land support communities of Acorn Woodpeckers.
She and I researched dimensions of the boxes, orientation for hanging, height for erection and so forth.
When she came to Southeastern Arizona for her annual summer birding week, she brought with her pieces of Pacific Coast driftwood, while collecting Ponderosa pine and Alligator Juniper bark locally on her birding treks.
I affixed additional Mesquite bark to the interior to assist fledglings in their climb out the entry hole, hinged the top, used scored beach glass on the sides to allow a bit of light to the interior, added a few saguaro ribs for trim, found rusted spring for human interest, added a decorative spar.
The box itself is composed of a 5/8"-solid oak front, and 5/8" pine sides, back and roof. a piece of hundred year old galvanized metal I found in the desert weatherproofs the roof.
In February, 2010, her husband, Doug, is making a short journey, at which time he'll take the box to its rightful place among the hills of the Central Coast, where-- if all goes well-- Acorn Woodpeckers will move in, raise a family and help repopulate the species.
We enjoy creating one of a kind bird houses and other garden related items from found items that would probable have been discarded in the trash. We have been told that we have a way at visualizing items in a different way. That is a true compliment.
This cottage birdhouse is made from rough cut cedar. The roof is the slats from an old green shutter. The flower is a handle from a faucet. I cut thin pieces of cedar for stepping stones and hot glued green moss between them.
I have been asked. "Of all the birdhouses that you have created. Which is your favorite." I always answer. My next one.
Thank you for viewing my creation and for your comments.
I had this desire to have a birdhouse in my yard, but I didn't want just an ordinary birdhouse.
I didn't go out and buy one because sometimes you pay a lot and end up with just ho-hum and ordinary.
So, I went to work designing what I liked, and started building. And, well-la...a birdhouse was born.
I started on paper, just did a quick sketch. With a few pieces of scrap wood I had left over from a building project, is where the sides came from.
I went to a garage sale, and bought a box of craft items really dirt cheap. that's where I found the shake shingles and little odds and ends you see on the front porch. I made the chimney from small stones I got out of a nearby lake.
I had so much fun doing this project, that I now bought a table saw from a garage sale, that I know will help me out on my next bird house, that's right, my next one, that I plan to start pretty soon.
I would even like to continue making different styles. who knows, maybe start my own business....that would be super!! I really enjoy it...
I have been been woodworking almost all my life and I also enjoy the aspects of nature being from the great smokey mountains in Tennessee.
I started working at a wood products factory a few months ago and after a few week there I noticed that a lot of the scrap they throw away could be used for other things.
So I started asking if I could have the scraps and it led to me building this bird house.
The house is made of 3/4 by 1 inch hickory which were glued and brad nailed together...the roof was made of the same material but was ripped down to a 1/4 inch thickness...the shingles were made by taking left over scrap that was a 1/8 inch or less in thickness and cut down to 1 1/4 inch pieces and individually placed...also the floor and the roof are both removable which are being held in place by wood screws...this will allow for cleaning.....
I think it turned out fairly well and I have plans on building more....hope you enjoy.
After I retired as a trucker after 35 yrs I started to make some rustic birdhouses, I have been making them out of old horse fence,I just let my imagination take over and they come out pretty cool, I even sell them at flea markets & craft shows.