Saturday, 18 December 2010

Twig Frame and interesting leaf


Twig and plant fibre frame.
  The framed leaf had a trail eaten in it that looked similar to Japanese kanji for the word Ka which means to transform or change.

Cat Bird Table




One of the only things I have built from someone else's plans, it was a request though so i had to do it.
Apparently the cat does not scare real birds away, but in my mind it could give them a false sense of security.

Blue and White, the new Black for birds





Sunday, 27 June 2010

Dovecote




My first Dovecote.  Quite pleased with this, it stands 2.74 metres tall (9ft).  These are usually pole sunk and concreted, but the gentleman who asked for this wanted it to have a bird table style stand, this would normally not be strong enough but the central pole will be fixed into a ground stake to add stability in windy conditions.

Monday, 31 May 2010

Police Box circa 1960's







A Birdhouse in the shape of a British Police Box, requested by a friend WHO really likes seeing one of these on TV :) its definitely not a Time And Relative Dimensions In Space :)

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Greenman Birdhouse


Heres my first attempt at a greenman birdhouse.
Pyrography on reclaimed cedar, with a 28mm entrance hole.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Rock Chick Bird House

 
The ultimate hangout for the Rock Chick :)
This baby cranks up to 11.
I could not resist the temptation to do a guitar shaped birdhouse any longer so here it is, spacious inside, awesome outside.

Monday, 15 February 2010

New Picture Frame

I decided to be a bit odd with this frame, though strangely I think it works.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Native American Inspired Bird House

This birdhouse was created to show my appreciation of Native American art.
The image was influenced by an picture I saw on a war shield and I felt it would make an excellent image for a bird house.
I burnt the image onto the wood with my Piranha Pyrography machine and then used acrylic paint to add colour.
This is one of the few things I have made that I am actually quite proud of. Hope you like it.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Micro Table


I do like these mini bird tables, this one has a base of about 5"x5".
I just need to add some silicon sealer to the centre joint to stop any water leakage onto the table and its all set to go.

Another Football Shield Bird House


Another requested bird house, this one with the Wolverhampton Wanderers logo,
28mm entrance hole for blue and great tits.

Here you can see the incline of the roof and the vent holes under the eaves.
These holes are essential to keep down the build up of bacteria in bird houses, though most people who make bird houses do not seem to include them.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Valentine Bird House


Ok the next event is Valentines Day so I thought I would add some embellishments to a bird house, the entry hole surround is a shaped piece of hardwood, cut and sanded to the obligatory heart shape with a 25mm entry hole for small birds.
The side pegs hold the flap closed (obviously) and the flap is hinged making cleaning easier (apparently bird houses do need cleaning out after the nesting season to encourage nesting again and to make sure the environment in the box stays healthy).
There is a vent shaft at front and rear top and water expulsion holes scattered around on the base (important to stop fungal growth).  Also on the inner side of the front flap there are ridges cut into the wood (what I like to call Chick Assist) to aid chicks in climbing out of te box when it comes time for their first flight, again this is an important but often overloked feature.