Extreme birdhouse # 9

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Project by john posted 05-28-2006 03:19 PM 4970 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is one of my extreme birdhouses. it is made from 120 yr old reclaimed barn board. it is 5 1/2 ft wide and sit 8 ft off the ground.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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Mark A. DeCou

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#1 posted 06-02-2006 02:18 PM

Your are showing a levelof bird house building that blows my mind. Are these for a specific type bird? I have seen Marten houses that were big, but nothing with the styling and size of these house you are building. I like the post also, the branches coming up to support each wing is cool. I built blue bird houses (80) of them one time, and then spent the next 3-4 years trying to sell them all, never did do that. But, they were just little wood boxes with one hole for a door.

Tell us some more about what is obviously a passion for you. What got you started, where do you get your design ideas, how to you get the reclaimed materials, what do the birds think, and more? I know I am left with lots of curious questions when I see your work. Thanks for sharing them with the rest of us,
Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#2 posted 06-05-2006 12:02 PM

Thanks Mark i used to build houses,decks ,fences and anything wood for over 20 yrs until an injury about 4 yrs ago. i decided to just build things from home instead of sitting around.
i also use to tear down old barns so i had a huge pile of barn wood. i started by building a 2 ft log birdhouse then i just got carried away. i have built 19 extreme birdhouses so far. largest being 9 ft wide . i have won woodworking contest for them and also featured in local newspapers. i am also doing an article for a Canadian woodworking magazine.
i just recently learned that the size of the holes will determine the type of bird. i have 7 or 8 birds nesting in each of them now. it takes me about an hour to mount the large houses with 2 men. i use a farm tractor with forks to lift them in place. i dig the holes for the post by hand 5 ft .i am also going to sell patterns and kits for them in the near future.
thanks again Mark john

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#3 posted 08-24-2006 04:53 AM

I think this is my favorite of what I’ve seen so far. I can just imagine what it’s like to see one of these in person!

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#4 posted 04-02-2007 12:30 AM

im sure all the birds that live around you are very happy! do you acctually use them for bird houses, and do birds live in them? it would be fun to see these in person!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (

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#5 posted 04-02-2007 12:58 AM

they sure are impressive creations.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 04-02-2007 02:39 AM

Thanks Lou and Debbie
Almost all the houses are full now.
The birds are moving in faster then i can build them.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#7 posted 04-12-2007 03:08 PM

Did you have to use a crane to mount this on the stump?? This is a masterful job. Besides being the largest Birdhouse I have ever seen!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 04-12-2007 03:41 PM

The Panama Jack
I use a farm tractor to mount them.
It takes about an hour to mount one with 2 guys .
My neighbors 14 yr old boy drives the tractor and i do the bracing.

I will be mounting a 6 ft birdhouse soon and i will post some pics.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 04-12-2007 04:04 PM

Just fantastic. The scale alone is impressive, but the joinery and design really catapult this into orbit. I especially like the mansard roof.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 04-12-2007 04:12 PM

Thanks Douglas
I really like the old Victorian houses the most. They had a lot more detail on the houses back then.
I also did a similar design on # 20
thanks again

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#11 posted 01-11-2008 01:49 AM

wow!! can you make me full sized tree house like that

-- dave m

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#12 posted 01-11-2008 09:14 PM

I never get over how cool these things look!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 01-12-2008 01:52 AM

Thank you Dave and Gary

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#14 posted 01-26-2008 05:15 PM

Does it have heating? If so, I’m coming to Canada to move in! Awesome birdhouse.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#15 posted 01-26-2008 05:39 PM

Thanks Charles , it doesn’t have heat but then again my house doesn’t have much heat either . lol

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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