Saturday, November 19, 2016

Six (No, eight) Cedar Birdhouses 4

Ready for the Shelf


I think this set of birdhouses on a sturdy base - all with right proper fencing to keep cats away - will catch the eye.

These may also be the last birdhouses made this season, 2016, for my personal collection. Not bad, not bad at all.


Red cedar bodies with white pine roofs and trim. Smooth move

Please link to Six (No, eight) Cedar Birdhouses 3

Photos GH

Custom Boat House (3).

Progress Day to Day


Yesterday was too nice to me. Motorcycle weather. (So, the workshop was neglected).

However, the day before some progress was made on a lovely custom tugboat birdhouse. Infrastructure is coming together well.


Please link to Custom Boat House (2).

Photos GH

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Custom Boat House (2).

Making Waves

The Pankhurst M

The birdbox w attached pilothouse is of goodly size and the boat-shaped facade has to fit just right. After a couple of adjustments I think I have 'the look' finished in a reasonable style. That's me all over - reasonable. : )

Now, for details.

The Pankhurst M tug will soon be ready for the water!

More details to follow.

Please link to Custom Boat House (1)

Photo GH

Six (No, eight) Cedar Birdhouses 3

These Two Got Left Behind


Earlier in the season I cut stock for eight lovely red cedar birdhouses but only had room to attack six with the sander and paint brush. I don't call my space the 'wee' workshop for no good reason. : )

That being said, as I approach the end of the season I will put on a rush to get things tidied up in there.

Don't feel blue. I haven't forgotten you

So, today I cut trim and add a few details to these sturdy models.

Please link to Six Cedar Birdhouses 2

Photo GH

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Custom Boat House (1)

The Pankhurst M, Tugboat

Birdbox section is 8"H x 7.5"W x 7.5"Deep, w plywood roof
Pilothouse, left, 4"W, 5"Deep

I've never been on a tugboat, but as I studied photos of the Pankhurst M I thought it. I think it would be a remarkable experience in some ways, and hard work at times for the crew. Pros and Cons, like a lot of other things in life. Good work and Hard work, at the same time.


 Overhead view is in top right corner of sketch

The facade/boat hull profile will be 18 - 20"Long

So, this custom project is underway, I'm using white pine, and there will be a lot of careful painting.

More photos of the M to follow.

Please link to Six Cedar Birdhouses 2

Photos GH

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Six Cedar Birdhouses 2

Not Long in the Hopper

 New cedar fence slats plus rescued shakes and slats for roofs

Two of six houses sitting in my workshop require some sanding, and after that it won't take long to put them together and add finishing touches, i.e., a perch, front fence, chimney.



I suppose that's why I use red cedar fence slats on a regular basis. The wood is sturdy, pretty, easy to use (smells good too) and I can build a decent-sized birdhouse (e.g., with a 5 x 6- or 5 x 7-inch interior = lots of sq. inches for a small family) without much fuss or bother.

These two houses will soon be open for business

What do you think?

Please link to Six Cedar Birdhouses 1


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Artsy Fartsy Bicycle Gear 1

Shifting to Creative Touch

What might this garbage become inside the workshop?

I walk 3 - 4 miles per day on a regular basis - a fun and fitness routine linked to The GREAT Canadian Comeback - and one day I spotted bicycle parts sitting on the curb waiting for garbage day. Within seconds I was intrigued, and thinking about an artsy project/shadow box.... to show off the shiny bits of flotsam and jetsam that make up modern life.


First, I will give rescued bike parts a bath with paint thinner

So, this fall and winter I will arrange bicycle parts - painted? varnished? gussied up? - inside a rustic cedar shadow box.... and we shall see what we shall see.

Please link to Fini: Workshop Chair and Matching Stool 4

Photos GH