The art of the birdhouse

Summer has arrived, bringing with it those feathered friends who regularly visit the bird feeders in the MadSilence backyard.  Grackles, blue jays, cardinals, gold finches, house finches, sparrows, woodpeckers, orioles, black-capped chickadees, cow birds, cat birds, mockingbirds and more.  Even a red-tailed hawk that swooped down on an unsuspecting mourning dove.  Perhaps we should plan on installing some bird houses?

Chuck Grodski of St. James, NY, master birdhouse builder, handcrafts birdhouses, including copies of the Taj Mahal, the Episcopal church in St. James, the Smithtown Presbyterian Church, the St. James railroad station, a Georgian colonial, a Parthenon model and an Adirondack stone house, each studded with portholes and perches.  Grodski is coauthor of the “Birdhouse Builder’s Manual.”

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And while we may not possess Grodski’s skills, there are accessible options for constructing bird houses.  Go to wikiHow to learn how to make a bird house pop up card (Robert Sabuda method):

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Looking for avian inspiration?   Try Chris Eckersley’s beautifully designed “byrdhouses”:

Chris Eckersley is an artist and designer who makes drawings, prints, and sculptures, and designs three-dimensional objects and furniture.

Chris Eckersley is an artist and designer who makes drawings, prints, and sculptures, and designs three-dimensional objects and furniture.

Image via Wee Birdy

Or this fabulous Hanging Bird Townhouse from Sweden:

HANGING BIRD TOWNHOUSE BY BERRY RED

Via Wee Birdy

greenbirdhouseThe GreenBird House is a fun and easy project to assemble for a basic birdhouse, plus a great way to promote green birding.  Made from recycled materials. No cutting, glue, staples or tape required.

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  5. dmariemart
    Jul 08, 2009 @ 09:18:59

    On the subject of birdhouses, you might find this cool – http://typenesting.tumblr.com/ – birds nested in typographic homes.

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  6. MadSilence
    Jul 11, 2009 @ 19:49:07

    I love it! Type Nesting, that is, or Do birds have a favorite font?

    My favorite: The English sparrow nesting in the letter A, via artpaw

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