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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Miniature Bird Houses - Wood Turning

Good morning,

While I am busy doing some of the right-brained things that you see on this blog, my husband (my honey) is also busy doing right-brained things in his wood workshop.

I just love the little miniature bird houses you see in the images and asked him if I could show them off here to family members who live far away and others who might enjoy seeing them.


My honey mixes and matches many different types of wood in the roofs, center sections, and bottoms of the bird houses to make truly unique little treasures.

We visit area wood working stores where he selects tools and various types and colors of wood from around the world.

We hang some of these bird houses on our Christmas tree and display others all year in a little display box that he made.  Of course, those who are near and dear to us have received bird houses as gifts, too.

Here are some images of how he goes about making these little gems.

Different types and colors of wood are selected, glued together, and allowed to dry.

After about 24 hours, the turning is ready to begin.

To the right you see the beginning of three pieces of different bird houses that will be made from one piece of wood.

These are all roofs.

Then the artistic part begins.

Using routers, the pieces are designed as they are turned.

The skill required is to make a beautiful piece without destroying it in the process.

With the shape completed, polish is applied.

The polish is allowed to dry.

Then the hand work begins.

The pieces are sanded by hand.

The finishing again requires care not to break the pieces.

The birds are available at craft stores, such as Michael's.

In addition to these little gems, my honey has made crochet hooks and knitting needles for me. 

Is this cool or what!

Very best,

Lois




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