snailhouse rock

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Project by learnin2do posted 07-24-2011 09:44 AM 1552 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one-room, rustic bungalow offers a front porch, vented ceilings and floor, a frosted epoxy front door (because i don’t know how to use the pen-flame thingy to torch out the bubbles!) and a couple of snacks slivering along the roof!

Like RD, i came to make a birdhouse at all, and have a deadline earlier than the contest, because i was asked to make a birthday birdhouse -only for my Mother-in-law.

My Pan suggested the vented roof (definitely necessary this summer!), and my son, Davis suggested the snails. He also suggested worms, but that sounded difficult to make recognizable.

-chainsaw art in oak, box elder, walnut, dogwood, and some root i “found” on an overturned tree after the flooding, on the bank of the Mississippi

-- christine

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#1 posted 07-24-2011 11:11 AM

Ha ha ha… I love it Christine. Hard to define, though…. kind of a surrealistic, dada-istic, abstract expressionist, post-modern aviarian habitat. Absolutely wonderful. I’m curious as to the bird that will want to call it home. Can you give me some specs on the actual hole diameter, interior space dimensions and distance from the hole to the floor. I’ll do some research to see what species would certainly favor this fabulous abode.

It also gives me the same feeling in wood that the fabulous architect Antoni Gaudí achieved in many of his works, including his famous ceramic cathedral in Barcelona (pictured below).

Thanks for sharing… I hope your Mother in Law likes it as much as I do!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#2 posted 07-24-2011 02:29 PM

Nice job christine, looks like you toned down the sheen on the finish too. Well done.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#3 posted 07-24-2011 04:01 PM

beautiful, some pretty awesome carving, almost makes me want to be a bird…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 07-24-2011 04:11 PM

pretty nice carving. I like the finish.

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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#5 posted 07-24-2011 04:19 PM

Every bird in the neighborhood is going to envy your birds!
Good work Christime !

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#6 posted 07-24-2011 06:33 PM

-right, rd, i’m trying to put that together in my head…! wampuas wood-filler sculpture/perfectly executed, cathedral- you must be referring to some architectural disconcordance i am not qualified to recognise …and don’t nitpick my specs! – maybe the tree rats might like it, or maybe a ciccada will use it to facilitate his transformation! okay, out of curiosity and appreciation for your eclectic knowledge, i will measure…cm, right?

-spunwood, it is part spray lacquer and some is spar varnish
- thanks, eric, alexander, & rob!
- i can’t wait to see ms Debbie’s ! & nico hose better show one! -he is a shoe-in for stealing the show!

-- christine

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#7 posted 07-24-2011 09:50 PM

Neat idea!

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#8 posted 07-25-2011 08:53 AM

HA HA …. ’curious (eclectic) minds need to know’.... HA HA metric or American measurements, either way would suffice.

Actually my allusion to Gaudí’s design’s/cathedral wasn’t about any architectural discordancy you exhibited, but rather his (and your) loose and playfully creative use of materials that if indeed being discordant would be (as his) with what is regarded as the ‘traditional’ (I really despise that word-ha ha) manner of design or construction.

That is what sets his work on a much higher plane, above those of his peers, in my mind. ’Snailhouse rock’ is a result of your intellect and an eye for creative genius wielding a higher degree of organic playfulness, unrestrained by society’s preconceived conceptions of how a birdhouse should appear. Of your work, this pièce de résistance is most definitely sculpture and as soon as one of our feathered friends takes up residency it moves full circle into being a wonderful architectural delight as well, if we correctly interpret the enlightened passage of the illustrious Constantin Brâncuşi, ’....architecture is inhabited sculpture.’

Brâncuşi’s later sculptural efforts revealed essence rather than merely copy outward appearance. That is what I feel you have achieved with ’snailhouse rock’.... you go, girl!

And as we know…. Brâncuşi knew something about birds as he created for us the beautiful and elegant, world renowned, Bird in Space.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#9 posted 07-25-2011 08:18 PM

oh, i see! you are poking at me about basically building sculptures from wood/dust/ glue compound! :) -yes, i have come to rationalize that as green use of wood-filler! -now if i could only learn to make the glue from some deer by-product, i could truly use that rationalization -but the dogs might be very disappointed! what kind of study teaches about natural mediums and their properties? maybe i could go to school for that and have more aptitude than as a teacher!

anyways, all that you descibed, while quite flattering, seems to be a hindrance in function in life in general.

-- christine

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#10 posted 08-01-2011 03:25 PM

I love your birdhouse.Very unique.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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