|Project by mpounders||posted 07-31-2011 07:08 PM||2152 views||5 times favorited||21 comments|
I struggled for weeks on a design for this contest and didn’t really have any ideas, until July 4th. I finally got this finished at midnight! I wanted to do something that would surprise people when they looked at it, which would startle them in some way, which would be something they would not expect from a birdhouse. I have seen a lot of beautiful furniture posted on this site ….maybe I could do a birdhouse that had details like a fine piece of furniture? Maybe like something that royalty may have commissioned? Or like a gypsy wagon?
I wanted something that contrasted simple materials and construction, with the elaborate details of the carvings. I wanted something to remind you that it is only a birdhouse. This is a simple design for a birdhouse, something you wouldn’t find too difficult to build with your kids. Just four walls, a roof, and a bottom, all cut out from pine scraps.
Since that part seemed so easy, I decided to do a little carving to fancy it up a bit. The carvings are all low relief and are based on flower and leaf designs. For the back, I modified a dragon design with leaves and flowers and changed the dragon to have more of a bird-like face (he should scare away any intruders). The roof is carved with an oak leaf design I created. I wanted it to appear like leaves over-lapping to form the roof. I used a scroll saw to cut out the edges and then undercut them to thin them out and make the leaves to appear more curled and natural. I also turned and carved the perch and the mounting pedestal. I detailed and highlighted the carvings with wood burning to bring out the details; no paints were used in creating the sepia-toned effects!
This is a functional bird house, sized for Carolina wrens similar to the one (an earlier carving) in the pictures, and would be ok for outside use, although it may end up just being displayed. The bottom removes for cleaning and the cherry base will function as a baffle or squirrel-guard when the house is mounted on a pole.
From a distance, the house wouldn’t appear to be anything special. It really just looks like a birdhouse. But I hope that it will surprise and intrigue you as you look closer….that the viewer will appreciate the elaborate details on such a simple object.
I always welcome any comments and hope that you think this entry may be worthy of consideration for this contest.
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com