I will continue to make birdhouses with curved roofs and lots of trim. Someone recently commented on their "California style". I've also heard that the colours are "Miami style". Whatever the case, I like to do small batches at a time - when I am in the mood to paint and paint and paint.
I will add the yellow perch (golf tee, foreground) and say "Voila!"
The wood for this birdhouse came from a four-foot length of old pine or fir that had once been a joist in a London home. I was given four eight-foot lengths recently (true 2 by 6s) and cut them in half shortly after I reached home - and after checking them carefully for hidden nails. The wood is dry and will make several other decent rustic houses.
"The base is new pine, gray on both sides"
"I like dressing up perches with odds and sods... and bolts"
After assembling this duplex I wondered if I should just make seven more - with different colour combinations - and be done with the remaining pieces of lumber. I have now decided to sit on this rescued lumber for a week or two... and think about all the lovely possibilities : )
I don't think I've been this busy at the paint table since working on one of 'Gord's Gourds' and three farmhouse-style birdhouses. A 'little free library' and a smaller swap box needed a lot of colour over the last two weeks and now half a dozen other projects are eating up my small table space.
"Yellow and green roofs on a rustic duplex and small wren houses"
"One house will sport an orange roof and dynamic blue trim"
"Two funky, curved-roof houses require a lot of bright trim"
I think I allowed the paint to dry on this swap box for two months before it made its way back to the paint table for final touches, i.e., a door w plexiglass, a door pull, a latch and hook, and final pieces of signage that let visitors know about the 'swap box' philosophy.
Take an item, leave an item too... that's the key to swap box success. On my part, all I have to do - before I can say "all done" - is wait for a phone call re a delivery date to a friend who is then going to re-deliver it to my next door neighbours' son.
Hmmm, I wonder if I'll be the one soon digging a hole for the support stand? (No problem, I say. Have shovel, will travel).
The little free library for a local children's centre is finished, but for the digging of a hole and placing four screws in just the right location.
Some of the children, and their handy dandy parents, helped with the painting and will perhaps see some of their own handiwork when they open the door and look inside at books and other stuff that can be traded for other books and stuff.
So, when I get the call I will dig a 20-inch deep hole, get the post and platform on the level, then give the signal... to swap stuff to your heart's delight.
After finishing a batch of 16 cedar birdhouses recently - using a combination of new and rescued wood - I made four small red cedar houses from fence slats purchased at Home Dept for about $5 apiece. On the batch of 16 I placed the sides on the outer edges of the front and back faces and then covered the butt ends with cedar trim. In that way the base can be 5 inches wide and 6 inches deep, lots of room in other words. But in the above model I attach the sides to the backside of the front face and to the front side of the back, thereby making the base a fair bit narrower. However, some birds don't seem to mind with tighter quarters as long as there is good head room.
"Golf tees are easy to fit into place for a sturdy perch"
Later this morning I will take these small wren and chickadee houses off the shelf and get them ready for an afternoon sale. If you look closely you will see not only a blend of colours but new and rescued lumber used together as well.
"I will have one of these on display this evening - Mountsfield PS"
I don't have to say much to interest people in putting a bathouse on their property. Some folks want one as soon as they see the above model at a birdhouse sale.... they just don't know where to put it. So, to help in this regard, I have an information sheet handy w instructions and insights from canadabathouses.ca. (E.g., put it in a sunny, unobstructed location; 12 - 15 feet high).
Admittedly, all of my birdhouses fill people with great excitement [insert laugh track here : ) ] but few get people talking at great length about mosquitoes and other pests like the bathouse.
"Heading for the moon"
Today and tomorrow I will have a table set up - w bathouses and 10 other types of birdhouses... and whatnots) at a sale at Mountsfield Public School in Old South London (from 4 - 7 PM). Pop by and say hello.
I don't know why I don't make more of these each year. The gray barnboard gives the right look, they are fairly easy to put together, and once made they soon fly off the shelf. I think I just have to be in the right mood, and early September - for some strange reason - seems to be the perfect time. (As a retired teacher, this is one schoolhouse with which I don't mind being involved).
I think I've added enough trim to catch a bird's eye (and a buyer's) and hide the butt ends of the sides. Today I will work on eight perches, so half of this looong batch will be ready for an upcoming Saturday sale.