Butternut Birds

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Project by mountain934 posted 03-10-2011 03:08 PM 1778 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a very old butternut tree on my property and one day while raking up my yard. I picked up a butternut shell and noticed how in looked like a birds head. So took it in the shop and carved it and added some paint to it. Thats how the butternut birds started. Since then I`ve done 100`s of these. Most are in my tree limb pencil holders, farmhouses, rustic birdhouse wall decorations. The butternut tree is related to the black walnut tree and the wood is light but very strong, I`ve used it in my instruments too. I usually research a new craft before I start it to make sure no one else is doing the same. I never saw anyone one else making butternut birds so I`m safe with calling this my own idea. Guess you could call them folkart I call them my natural creation.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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#1 posted 03-10-2011 03:17 PM

Those are so damn cute I can’t stand it! Would look good on a Christmas tree with some of those wee walnut baskets. YOu could put some twisted wire legs on them and they could be free standing. That would be cool! Now I need to find a butternut tree!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 03-10-2011 03:22 PM

They made me smile, thanks for sharing.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 03-10-2011 04:16 PM

I like ‘em.

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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#4 posted 03-10-2011 04:30 PM

These are really clever and nice. Very creative and original.

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#5 posted 03-10-2011 05:41 PM

They are adorable, I love them! I agree, they’d make excellent Christmas tree ornaments…

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#6 posted 03-10-2011 06:17 PM

Another awesome project from Randy S Bretz. He is a true craftsman that makes whimsical art. Visit Randy's page at the Handmade Music Clubhouse, a network of builders & players of all types of home made instruments. Warning: this is a highly addictive hobby!

-- Make some sawdust & make some music!

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#7 posted 03-10-2011 08:15 PM

These are sooooooo cute! Love ‘em. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 03-10-2011 11:29 PM

I like them alot! great work on them!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#9 posted 03-12-2011 02:03 AM

Very cleaver and cool……........................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 04-17-2011 04:00 AM

Hey mountain934,

Could I possible ask a favor of you? Would you mind sending me some viable butternuts this autumn? I would really like to germinate some. Butternut trees are quite hard to come by in my neck of the woods.

I would greatly appreciate it.


-- Larry, Kentucky

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#11 posted 04-17-2011 04:04 AM

fun and cool

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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