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I was sitting out in the backyard with my 5yr old son, explaining that I wanted to build a birdhouse for the contest. He said, “Dad, birds don’t build houses, they build nests!” Really couldn’t argue with that. But after a little explaining, I asked him what type of birdhouse I should build. He said it should look like something that birds like. Just as he was saying this a goldfinch flew across the yard and alighted on a sunflower. My son got all excited, turned to me and said “I know, Dad…” Well I thought, if a bird had the wherewithal to design and build a house, why wouldn’t they build one modeled on one of their favorite flowers?

The stalk and body are Chestnut, the face is Black Walnut, the petals and seeds are Elm, and the leaves are Maple. All wood was reclaimed locally. Most of it was shop scrap, including the body, which is a bowl I turned to 1/8” on the side, but got overzealous with on the bottom. There are 28 pedals and 142 seeds (I would have made more seeds but I thought the number sufficient to achieve the swirl effect (Sunflower seeds grow out from the center in a Fibonacci sequence), without covering the Black Walnut completely. “House” dimensions are 8”x4”; Pedals are ~20” from tip to tip. Face is attached with brass screws so that it can be removed for cleanout.

I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I did making it!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com





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MShort

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#1 posted 1115 days ago

Thanks for the story about your conversation with your son… got a chuckle out of it. You put some work into the build of this birdhouse. You have much more patience than I. Cool idea.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 1115 days ago

Beautiful Story and concept!

Beautiful Job!

Looks like a winner to me!

Thank you, son.

Thank you dad!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Thepps

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#3 posted 1115 days ago

This is the coolest birdhouse I have ever seen. Great accomplishment.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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Maveric777

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#4 posted 1115 days ago

Yea, I’m digging this one… Very creative…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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HalDougherty

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#5 posted 1115 days ago

You have one great birdhouse! Also a great story. I’ll be surprised if this isn’t the winning entry.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1115 days ago

Awesome!! VEry unique. I never noticed that about sunflowers. Good luck in the contest.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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peteg

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#7 posted 1115 days ago

Yep, looks pretty good to me, Hey Dad, amasing what you can learn from a 5 yo :: ))))
nice collabration you two, well done

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

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mtnwild

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#8 posted 1115 days ago

This is going to be a tough contest. I’ve seen some great bird houses so far and this one has me rethinking.

WOW, this is beautiful and perfect for the birds. Super design and build!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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dedalo

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#9 posted 1115 days ago

excelent job! added to favorites!

-- http://carpinteriaenargentina.blogspot.com

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TJ65

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#10 posted 1115 days ago

wow, even if the birds dont like it, it would look great just in the yard anyway.
very nice, well done

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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devann

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#11 posted 1115 days ago

That one really nice birdhouse design and build. That’s some “idea man” you have with you there, I bet it is time well spent with him. Good luck with the contest you should do well.

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

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spanky46

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#12 posted 1115 days ago

Very nice Andrew!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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58j35bonanza

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#13 posted 1115 days ago

Nice!

Actually it’s to nice to be outside in the weather.

-- Chuck

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dustygirl

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#14 posted 1115 days ago

I love your birdhouse.Nice job on it.

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

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Transition

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#15 posted 1114 days ago

Thanks so much everyone! My son inspires me all the time. It’s so interesting when he comes up with some seemingly crazy idea that gets me thinking. And it’s great that we are both inspired by the natural world around us.

BTW: If you’ve posted a project on LJ, you can vote – hint, hint, beg, cajole… :-) Actually, there are a lot of great birdhouses, into which my fellow LJs have put time, effort, creativity, and craftstmanship. So please vote, even if I’m not the top on your list!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com

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