Full size Turned Bird House

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This is a 10” turned birdhouse in two pieces, a natural edged bowl inverted over a hollowed out vessel. I decorated it with feathers and clay beads. It was intended to hang outside this spring, but now my mother says it’s too nice “for the birds to poop on.” So much for that idea!
It proved too long to photograph in a light tent, so this photo is taken of it hanging from her ceiling. I had to block a busy background of a picture window, and this photo is the best I could do for now.
All comments welcome.


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#1 posted 01-05-2012 07:33 AM

great work…looking very good.

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 08:58 AM

Great turning Barb ,turning in two pieces makes sense. cool design.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 10:19 AM

It’s for the birds. I like it….........

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 11:55 AM

It really looks nice Barb! The photography is fine, too. :) I love the beads and feather that you used to accent it. It looks very inviting.


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

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#5 posted 01-05-2012 11:57 AM

now this is adorable! love the top with the irregular edge. Gives this pizzaz!

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#6 posted 01-05-2012 01:29 PM

Good stuff Barbs! I like this….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 01-05-2012 01:31 PM

That is awesome Barbs! I love it.

-- Janice

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#8 posted 01-05-2012 01:50 PM

Very nice and I bet it’s easy to clean. Is gravity holding it together? Or is it glued?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 01-05-2012 02:58 PM

Barb That is a great turning. I agree.with your mother. Buy a parakeet and turn it loose in the house.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#10 posted 01-05-2012 03:14 PM

Mother’s ideas are always overrated :)
I would think it would be nice so watch a homeless bird family, including a bird mother, to move in.

That is really nice. And with some bling hanging down to attract them.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 01-05-2012 03:18 PM

This is a very nice nice piece! I gotta get my lathe un-buried ;-D

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#12 posted 01-05-2012 04:33 PM

Thanks, everyone. SuperDav, how it’s put together is a story. I wanted one birds could use, and I could clean out. After some McGyver-ing and cogitation, I came up with a system that uses two steel pins inserted in opposite sides under the roofline, and cut slots in a raised lip that they would twist into on the bottom piece. My slots seriously weakened the wood and I was worried it wouldn’t stand the pressure of the twist motion, but I lucked out and it actually became a wedging action, pushing the weak spots up against the lid very securely and locking it in place. Sometimes, God protects morons. I guess I should just break down and learn to use a thread chaser! It’s on my list.


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#13 posted 01-05-2012 07:25 PM

yes Barbs, he allows me to turn my mistakes into design changes. That was planned and that’s our story. I am happy it worked out for you and the birds.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

#14 posted 01-05-2012 08:38 PM

BarbS,very creative work !!!


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#15 posted 01-05-2012 10:07 PM

Bet the birds like it Barb :: )))
nice job & great idea for the attachment

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

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