Necktie Birdhouses

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Project by Skylark53 posted 01-16-2010 04:51 PM 1778 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few more necktie birdhouses. I often wonder if living in one of these would do harm to a bird in its society. I actually have friends who would wear real neckties with these patterns. That’s all I’m gonna say about that. Notice the second picture shows the cleanout: about a 2.25” hole covered with a .25” door which pivots on a screw. Simple enough and it works! I’ve used it on other birdhouse designs. When I first came to LJs I vowed to myself I wouldn’t show these tacky creations (they are fun, though); being so impressed by so many of you who are truly real artists in so many different mediums. Needless to say- I am not an artist-so enjoy and don’t worry that I suffer under any allusion that this is good art. I hope they make you smile.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#1 posted 01-16-2010 06:13 PM

Crazy cool a unique idea well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-16-2010 07:42 PM

These are great and I disagree with you, this is definitely art!

-- Joanne, New York,

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#3 posted 01-16-2010 08:59 PM

Yes Joanne is correct this is art and many bird lovers would love to hang/display as a bird house or just a conversation piece.
These are truely fun and I am happy you decided to post them.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 09:29 PM

Skylark, have you ever been to a folk art festival? This stuff falls right in line with what some of those artists display – and it’s better than a lot of it. Don’t kid yourself. And thanks for posting.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#5 posted 01-17-2010 12:14 AM

You should be proud of your work. It is nice to see something new and different. Thank you for posting. Please explain the top piece. Does it come off?

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 01-17-2010 01:01 AM

Goodness, sweet of you Joanne. You are all wonderful encouragers. This is like going to church. No, Whit, not been to a folk art festival. If I could meet some folks like you all, I’d like to though. Tom, the top I think you are asking about is a shingle tab that I permanently tack on and usually paint along with the body of the house.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 01-17-2010 01:38 AM

Those are special and I agree that is art.

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#8 posted 01-17-2010 02:01 AM

this is definitely good art!! and I am definitely going to have a necktie birdhouse in my yard this year!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 01-17-2010 03:05 AM

I love those birdhouses, they are unique, I never saw anything like that , nice work, looks like fun to make, I wish I could paint haha,,pat

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#10 posted 01-17-2010 08:49 AM

Between the sheer number of them and each one being unique, I think we can conclude that you’re either spending a lot of time with some kind of weird obsession or that this is art. Me, I’m going with art because I can understand it, it’s nice to look at, it took some kind of innovation to come up with, and I’ve seen some of your other work. Just because you’re an artist now, don’t go getting all uppity though. lol


-- Jim

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#11 posted 01-17-2010 03:57 PM

Thanks Jim-well, I will admit I have not been diagnosed yet. I make them 3 to 5 at a time. My shop limits it to that pretty well and I’ve found that its easier to make multiples in batches. I have a stack of the parts that I work up from time to time, then a pattern will creep into my head and I’ll assemble and paint. Hey, don’t go overboard with the art thing, I wasn’t fishing for a compliment. As I said before, LJs is full of artists and this is sure good company to keep. Thanks again, my friend. Oh, nice cat. They make my eyes water and my throat raw. I noticed in your shop an ASPCA (?) sticker, didn’t I? That’s one of the animal care groups my wife belongs to.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 01-26-2011 07:15 PM

Everyday I take a peep at random projects while my wood stove is getting the shop warm. I make birdhouses as therapy for a spinal cord injury. I appreciated you sharing this design. This should keep me busy today.

-- Tim, Isanti MN

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