There once was a Wren that lived in a shoe, she had so many ...................

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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 07-01-2011 02:55 PM 1785 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bird house was carved from Pine. The roof and lower structure are carved from one piece of wood I scrounged from my brother-in-law’s wood box. The house has a rear entrance with a breezy front foyer that acts as a look out for any intruders or unwelcome visitors.

I call this piece ‘The Little Mermaid’. The little blemish on the right heel section in picture 1, explains it all!


Roof top is 4 1/2 inches high, width 3 1/2 inches, length 7 inches. The heel cavity can easily hold a family of wrens!

-- Roman:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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#1 posted 07-01-2011 04:14 PM

I LOVE it, what a great idea! I can’t stop looking at this.

-- Joanne, New York,

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#2 posted 07-01-2011 05:37 PM

i think i am particularly fond of this one!

-- christine

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#3 posted 07-01-2011 06:21 PM

Fantsatic idea and just right for a wren.

Thanks for sharing.

take care



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#4 posted 07-01-2011 10:09 PM

hi great looking birds house what a great idea
might try one of them

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#5 posted 07-02-2011 12:03 AM

Think this might be one of your best to date Roman, what a great talking piece :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 07-02-2011 01:49 AM

Amazing. You have talent. I would never had thought of a bird house for a piece of wood like that.

-- Gerald, Illinois

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#7 posted 07-02-2011 02:35 AM

That’s a real shoe-in. A bird house with sole. I can easily see where the Mermaid title comes from. Years ago I was showing a friend of mine how to turn a bowl and the first one he did had a perfect ‘Ziggy’ cartoon.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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Roman Hrytsak

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#8 posted 07-02-2011 06:33 AM

Thanks for all your comments. This whole shoe carving business started when I needed a mount for a house wren I did a few years back. The client liked the boot and had little to say about the wren carving!

-- Roman:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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#9 posted 07-04-2011 10:13 PM

Great project.
Very creative.
Love your quote!

-- Blake, Denmark, SC "Woodworking should be called Woodtherapy"

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#10 posted 07-09-2011 04:40 PM

Thoughtful and fun design! You did a great job with this one! It makes me smile when I see it. Good luck in the contest!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Roman Hrytsak

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#11 posted 07-10-2011 05:04 AM

Thanks for the comment , Sheila. I loved the nursery rhyme and thought I could incorporate a roof into one of my boot patterns. It worked quite well and the bark on the roof left a rustic and natural look.

-- Roman:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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#12 posted 07-12-2011 06:32 AM

Another great carving Roman
A great way to show your talent as a master woodcarver. Thanks from a fellow Albertan and good luck in the contest , you have certainly added artistry to the contest .


-- Kiefer 松

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#13 posted 07-15-2011 05:52 AM

First time I’ve seen your projects and most say – WOW. So clever. Sure is winner in my mind.

-- Harold

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#14 posted 07-15-2011 07:16 PM

Hi Roman, It looks like a very comfortable place for a bird to nest :) amazing carving skills you got.

-- -Thomas -

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Roman Hrytsak

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#15 posted 07-17-2011 07:31 PM

Thanks for your comments, Harold and Thomas. This boot can be mounted on a branch in a tree much to the delight of the wren.

-- Roman:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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