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Project by dan mosheim posted 07-07-2011 01:16 PM 1645 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

get yourself a woodburner like you used to use in elementary school … they’re inexpensive compared to say, a new handplane, and they can be great fun. i recently was asked to participate in a fundraiser called ‘flights of fancy’ for the local dorset theatre festival. they gave artists in the community raw birdhouses by a local maker and asked us to decorate them. they’ll all be auctioned off at a fancy garden party in august. i put off doing mine until the very last minute and didn’t have time to paint it, but it was still a lot of fun … you can do other stuff with this tool and i’m still trying to figure out how to put this technique to use in a ‘real’ piece of furniture. here's another blog post from a while back.
have fun

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 07-07-2011 01:23 PM

I’ve have one of those wood burners sitting in my drawer for about five years now, Dan. I always wanted to use it to accent my work and add details. After seeing your cute birdhouse, you have inspired me to pull it out and give it a try!

This is a great project and I hope it makes lots of money for the fundraiser. Thanks for showing it to us!

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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#2 posted 07-07-2011 01:27 PM

That is nice.
Might I also make another suggestion? You should enter it as well into the Lumberjocks contest currently going one, Birds Of A Feather.


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#3 posted 07-07-2011 02:20 PM

Hey, William…shush now!

Seriously tho it’s nice work. I like the use of the burner a lot. I’ll have to try it.
Glad to see you entered.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#4 posted 07-07-2011 03:31 PM

I like it. Too nice to hang in a tree.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#5 posted 07-07-2011 06:03 PM

That is beautiful. The birdies will love it. You’re very artisitic.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#6 posted 07-07-2011 06:04 PM


Absolutely beautiful !

Could you build one for me … say … about 1700sf ??? ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 07-07-2011 08:09 PM

Wow. That is pretty cool. I agree that it’s just too nice hang out in the weather….....

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#8 posted 07-08-2011 12:03 AM

It’s beautifull.

Wood burning is definitly fun

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 07-08-2011 03:26 AM

Beautiful work, I was going to say paint would be superfluous but after looking at your blog I’m not so sure.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#10 posted 07-09-2011 02:57 AM

I used the same wood burner! I love the entrance to the bird house. It really takes patience to do all that. Beautiful work!

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#11 posted 07-09-2011 08:48 AM

Pretty sharp. You made a good looking birdhouse into a better looking birdhouse.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#12 posted 08-02-2011 09:07 PM

lotsa nice woodburnin. good luck with the contest

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 09-10-2011 10:49 PM

I think it’s great, but I wonder what the birds think?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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