|Project by RobS||posted 2140 days ago||1467 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
Okay, so I gave a hoot…
Strolling through my woods one day I spotted a fallen hackberry tree, not surprising as these are certainly not the strongest trees of the bunch. Looking closer I noticed that a knot hole had a little empty space behind it. Having my last Screech owl box taken over by honey bees, so much so that the weight of three seasons of honey and bees finally pulled it from its roost, I thought I could cut a new owl box from this fallen log.
Bow saw in hand, I cut a section out of the log leaving the knot hole in the middle. Then with chisel and mallet began to chip away at the not so solid wood in the center and after some time had the piece completely hollowed out. I then selected which end would be the top and cut it off at a slant. Closed off the top and bottom with cedar, added bark to the top for a more natural look and placed two wires around to help prevent splitting.
Now all I need is a newlywed pair or owls to move in, rent free, or, well it is 2007, I guess they can just be friends, living together…
-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX