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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

January 15, 2006
3:05 AM

Post #1977480

hi everyone i am john from cranbrook ont canada. i am new here .i would like to say hi to everyone and it is nice to be here.

here is a link to some pictures of what i make from reclaimed barnwood.
http://community.webshots.com/user/cranbrook2

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balvenie
Marysville, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 15, 2006
3:24 AM

Post #1977532

Welcome to Dave's Cranbrook. Your woodworking is spectacular. Those bird houses,rather mansions, are the envy of any little bird. The arbor is really neat too.
drdon
Temecula, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 15, 2006
5:08 PM

Post #1978439

hiya cranbrook2,

Welcome! Those birdhouses are insane! Great work, great craftsmanship! We all look forward to seeing more of your amazing art.

best,
don
Repeat_Bloomer
Peekskill, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 15, 2006
1:28 AM

Post #2045502

Wow - now THAT'S a house!
Magwar
Royston, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 24, 2006
8:53 PM

Post #2068607

O.O That is amazing. How long does it take you to build each house?
nminmd
Frederick, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 25, 2006
6:43 PM

Post #2070860

Welcome to Dave's. Your birdhouse creations are wonderful! They must weigh a ton..how do you mount them?
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

February 26, 2006
4:51 PM

Post #2072885

I love the vine sculpture along with the other pieces. All of it comes together so nicely around the hottub.
SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 20, 2006
4:21 PM

Post #2125444

Hi John and welcome to DG. I love all of your birdhouses and all the other wood projects also. Beautiful work!!

Do you have the directions to make the Cedar planter w/ trellis? My 86 yr. old father likes to work with wood also and has been asking me to find him some new interesting projects.

Donna
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

May 12, 2006
3:51 PM

Post #2272326

Thank you everyone for all the nice replies.
Donna . you can contact me at madebyjade@sympatico.ca and i will help you.
thanks again everyone.
john
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2006
2:53 AM

Post #2327025

I have one thing to say about your woodworking. OH MY GOD! I am sitting here shaking my head in amazement at your pics. They are undescribable.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

May 31, 2006
8:38 PM

Post #2336411

Thank you very much pepper23 for such a great compliment.
i really appreciate it.
john
vic9
Kenosha, WI
(Zone 4a)

June 1, 2006
10:29 PM

Post #2341060

John...
Welcome to Dave's Garden ! You're going to love it here!!
Some great projects and super craftsmanship. You are indeed a talent. Are you self taught???
I especially like the log arbor. Was that your own design ? Love the Bird Condo's
and the children's playhouse. What"s not to like?
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 1, 2006
10:37 PM

Post #2341097

Let's keep making his head and ego swell!!! LOL
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 2, 2006
2:51 PM

Post #2343589

Thanks again for the great compliments. i design all of my work. i usually design them as i go. i try to build things that no one else builds. one of a kind.
thanks
john
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 2, 2006
3:08 PM

Post #2343640

Well, keep them on coming!!! Your work is truly on of a kind.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 2, 2006
7:47 PM

Post #2344595

Thank you Pepper23
i am going to build a new birdhouse in the next few weeks. i will post a pic when its done.
john
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 2, 2006
10:30 PM

Post #2345261

Can't wait!!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 18, 2006
4:39 PM

Post #2404365

Here is Extreme Birdhouse # 20.
It is made from 120 yr old reclaimed barn wood.
It is 5 1/2 ft wide and 4 1/2 ft high
the roof will be finish with steel , not sure the colour yet.
it will also have 22 wood dormers and railings on all 3 roofs and both balconies.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 18, 2006
4:44 PM

Post #2404388

I think i have some new tenants already.

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bedwesl
Hartselle, AL

June 20, 2006
8:15 PM

Post #2413201

Spectacular houses...but I'm afraid you won't get any birds in those as long as your cats are laying claims on them. You do nice work.

Sheri
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 20, 2006
8:41 PM

Post #2413284

I don't think you can call that a bird house now. It has to be a cat mansion. Great job though!! Keep up the good work!!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 21, 2006
12:16 PM

Post #2415488

Thanks Sheri and pepper
The cats always get to check out the houses first.
once they are mounted the birds move in pretty fast.
the scent of the cats doesn't seem to bother the birds.
thanks
john
bedwesl
Hartselle, AL

June 22, 2006
1:41 PM

Post #2419739

That's pretty neat that the cats don't seem to bother the birds or keep them away. I love to watch the birds in the morning feeding and I always thought if you had cats, you wouldn't have too many birds around. Guess the birds just can't stay away from homes such as the ones you've made. They're awesome...great job.

Sheri
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 22, 2006
4:41 PM

Post #2420490

Thank you Sheri
the cats don,t even go near the houses once their up.
its too hard for them to get over the base.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2006
9:43 PM

Post #2421549

The birds here would be in hog heaven if they had one your bird houses!!!
tango88
Tomball, TX

June 26, 2006
4:19 AM

Post #2433965

Hey Cranbrook --- That's quite a structure. Mounting them must take a crane! Would love to see one of "the big ones" being installed. Great job as always. --- Tango
bedwesl
Hartselle, AL

June 26, 2006
2:16 PM

Post #2434860

I bet that would be interesting to see one mounted. About how much do they weigh?

Sheri
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 28, 2006
10:07 AM

Post #2442300

Thank you again everyone. they are pretty easy to mount as long as you have a tractor.
it takes 2 guys about an hour to mount one securely
this house weighs about 350 - 400 lbs.
this one is almost complete. i just have a few minor details to finish.
thanks again
john

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 28, 2006
10:12 AM

Post #2442307

here is another pic

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bedwesl
Hartselle, AL

June 29, 2006
3:02 PM

Post #2447142

That is too cool. Great job.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 29, 2006
11:13 PM

Post #2448781

Thank you very much bedwesl
john

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 30, 2006
12:31 AM

Post #2449070

Uh oh!! Black cat on house means a haunted bird house!!! LOL. Better name this the wicked bird house or something like that. Or the Munster's New Home.

John, that is a good picture!! Giving me lots of ideas for Halloween. Keep up the good work. I showed some of your houses to my dad who is a carpenter and he just shook his head and said you must have a lot of time on your hands. In other words he was very impressed and if he was there in person he would try to take one of those apart and try put it back together. Of course that means there will be pieces sitting on the ground. He will say that he don't know where they came from and they must not be important. LOL. We just shake our heads at him.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 30, 2006
12:20 PM

Post #2450532

Thank you pepper
I like building old gothic looking houses. haunted houses. i think they are beautiful.
maybe my next house will be in style of a haunted house.
thanks for the great idea.LOL
john
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 4, 2006
3:13 PM

Post #2465869

Very good, interesting and creative work CranBrook!!

~ Suzi :)
pegdog
Winchester, VA
(Zone 6a)

July 7, 2006
7:29 PM

Post #2479086

Houses are great. Do birds actually inhabit them? Usually, birds are too territorial to be in such a close quarters environment. Nice work.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

July 10, 2006
3:06 PM

Post #2489171

Thank you Suzi and pegdog.
the birds love them . there are at least 7 or 8 birds nesting in the large houses

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

July 10, 2006
3:10 PM

Post #2489185

Here is another house.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2006
12:30 AM

Post #2491114

I could live in that last house! Nah, just kidding!!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

July 16, 2006
5:18 PM

Post #2512141

hi again everyone.
i thought i would give you a break from birdhouses.LOL
here is a 10 ft diameter gazebo i just finished this morning.
it is made from pressure treated wood.
thanks
john

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

July 16, 2006
5:20 PM

Post #2512151

i almost forgot my helper. her name is Daisy

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BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2006
5:21 PM

Post #2512153

You do good work! ~ Suzi :)
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2006
5:28 PM

Post #2512172

Like the gazebo and Daisy. Can I have her? Nah, just kidding. You can keep her. lol. Keep up the good work!!

cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

August 22, 2006
1:06 AM

Post #2645995

Here is my latest Extreme Birdhouse # 21
it is made from 60 yr old reclaimed barn wood.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

August 22, 2006
1:08 AM

Post #2646006

this is a view of the back.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

August 22, 2006
1:32 AM

Post #2646097

Awesome as usual!!!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

August 22, 2006
10:58 AM

Post #2647159

Thanks again Pepper. i,m off to build another one. lol
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 2, 2006
11:25 AM

Post #2684203

Hi again everyone
here is my newest extreme birdhouse # 22
it is also made from 60 yr old reclaimed barn wood
john

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 2, 2006
11:26 AM

Post #2684207

back view

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 2, 2006
11:31 AM

Post #2684217

top view

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

September 2, 2006
5:53 PM

Post #2685064

Looks like an oversized Lincoln log house. Very neat!! We have a bird feeder made out of reclaimed barnwood that we bought at a little artist co-op. The birds love it because it actually looks like a barn. They would also love your bird houses. They would fit right in with all of the trees we have.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 5, 2006
9:55 AM

Post #2693078

Thanks sgain Pepper.
i am working on a jumbo sized birdhouse now.
it is 9 ft wide.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

September 5, 2006
11:08 AM

Post #2693139

Man!! Talk about huge!! Looking good though.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 13, 2006
4:30 PM

Post #2909910

Hi everyone
Here is an update on my latest project.
I haven't had much time to work on it but it,s getting there.
The roof is going to to done copper.
It is 8 ft 4" high and 9 ft wide.
i have also contacted the Guinness book of world records to set a new record for the worlds largest birdhouse.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 13, 2006
4:33 PM

Post #2909925

The cats like this one.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 13, 2006
11:52 PM

Post #2911022

The birdhouse looks great. It'l look even better when the copper is put on. I hope you make Guinness Book of Records with this one. ti should also be listed as the best looking one. lol. Keep up the good work!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 15, 2006
11:15 AM

Post #2914973

Thank you Pepper
I found someone close by who works with copper and has all the tools.
i will post a few pics when its done.
john
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

December 1, 2006
8:26 PM

Post #2959852

Here are a few more i just finished in the past 2weeks.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

December 1, 2006
8:29 PM

Post #2959858

part2

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

December 1, 2006
8:30 PM

Post #2959864

part3

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

December 1, 2006
8:33 PM

Post #2959873

part 4

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Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

December 1, 2006
8:41 PM

Post #2959890

I've been admiring your work all year. Do you have plans? or are you just creating as you go?

Can we see some in progress? I'd like to see how / what the dividers and floors look.

The holes: what size birds are these for? Do you drill them with power or brace & bit?

Please show us all how you do this. Thanks.

Bill

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 1, 2006
9:21 PM

Post #2960021

hi sall yopui hgoofd!! !][=9desss

My cat says hi. That is typing above. LOL his pic below.

Love the new birdhouses cranbrook. My cat loved them too. He climbed onto my keyboard to get a better look.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

December 29, 2006
9:57 PM

Post #3034482

These are my kitty cats

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 29, 2006
10:44 PM

Post #3034615

How many do you have there???? They all are nice looking cats. I wouldn't mind having more but my one cat would NOT be happy sharing the attention. lol
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

January 10, 2007
3:26 PM

Post #3070978

Hi Pepper
I have 33 cats. They are all very happy.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 11, 2007
1:26 AM

Post #3072901

33!! Man that's alot!!

Hey did your birdhouse make it into the Guinness Book of Records? You never did say.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

January 11, 2007
2:01 PM

Post #3073961

Hi Pepper
It takes up to a year to find out if i have a record holder.

I just got an email from Bob Villa,s office and they would like to do an article on my birdhouses.
Ijust finish # 27 a few days ago.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

January 11, 2007
2:03 PM

Post #3073965

here is the back

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

January 11, 2007
6:47 PM

Post #3074674

part 3

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Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

January 11, 2007
7:52 PM

Post #3074827

Absolutely beautiful!

Do you have plans, or just take off building?

I'd like to see the floor plans, sometime.

Thanks,

Bill
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

January 11, 2007
10:39 PM

Post #3075274

Thanks Bubba
When i started this one i had no idea what to build so i drew a layout on a piece of plywood and just started building.
This one took me 4 days to build.
I would like to find someone who can plans and paterns for my houses.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 12, 2007
12:55 AM

Post #3075583

Congrats on the Bob Villa deal!! That's a real coup! The latest house is awesome as usual.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

January 12, 2007
12:43 PM

Post #3076367

Thanks again Pepper
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

January 12, 2007
1:25 PM

Post #3076491

Now, I'd like to take a vacation and come watch & learn from a master.

Probably bring the laptop and some CAD software to document your plans.

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

January 12, 2007
6:36 PM

Post #3077298

Just at awe! Your Birdhouses are georgeous. Makes me want to grow wings. Congrats. on the Bob Villa article. Oh, I am wondering how many birds does one of your mansions house?
Judy
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 13, 2007
12:11 AM

Post #3078272

Judy, flap, flapping wings. LOL
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

January 13, 2007
11:40 AM

Post #3079149

Thank you again everyone.
This new house has 19 apartments.

Bubba
maybe you can teach me something about CAD
I would like to use it for my birdhouses and arbors

john
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

January 14, 2007
1:19 PM

Post #3082511

I subscribe to "Woodworker's Journal' and in their latest issue (Feb 07) they have an article on CAD.

Personally I have an old 2D version and want to upgrade, so am studying their advise. They also have a website and this is one of the articles there - http://www.woodworkersjournal.com and click the Quik-Link icon.

Some are FREE that are not too bad.

I also have Cutlist Plus which has save a bunch of lumber and plywood for me. It will plot the pieces on available material, so you don't over buy or wind up short.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

January 19, 2007
1:40 AM

Post #3098489

Thanks for the great link Bubba

I have seen the cutlist Plus before.

Most of the wood i use is reclaimed so i just cut the bad stuff and use whats left.
prettylady24
Calhoun, KY
(Zone 6b)

February 4, 2007
9:54 PM

Post #3157580

Hey John...I will be look forward to the day you have plans... I still want to build one of your designs for my yard...
You are very creative... Love your work.
Peggy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

February 5, 2007
11:21 AM

Post #3158970

Thanks Peggy
I been trying for over a year to find someone who can help me make up some patterns.
Then last week my son said he knows how to do that kind of stuff so i thought sure why not.

I send him the information and he takes it from there.
To my surprise he was right he does know what he,s doin.
He sent me a floor plan already and he will have a design done and ready to go in 2 weeks.
I will send you a copy as soon as possible .
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

February 5, 2007
3:39 PM

Post #3159784

That's great news, John.

I'm sure that several of us are looking forward to seeing the plans.
prettylady24
Calhoun, KY
(Zone 6b)

February 5, 2007
3:41 PM

Post #3159788

Awe John I can't begin to tell you how much this excites me..
I am definitely looking forward to this...
Thanks so much ahead of time...
Peggy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

May 3, 2007
12:30 PM

Post #3458990

Hi everyone , spring is here and the birds are talking to me again.
They said they need a new house so here it is.

This bird mansion is made from 120 yr old barn wood and has over 80 apartments.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

May 3, 2007
12:32 PM

Post #3459000

part two

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

May 3, 2007
12:34 PM

Post #3459006

part three

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

May 3, 2007
12:36 PM

Post #3459011

Last pic

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Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

May 3, 2007
1:48 PM

Post #3459203

Outstanding as always!
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 3, 2007
7:02 PM

Post #3460071

I'll 2nd that statement. : )
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 3, 2007
9:29 PM

Post #3460568

Me three!!!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

May 4, 2007
10:26 PM

Post #3464071

Thank you Bubba_Mocity , Blue Glancer and pepper23 very much for the nice comments.
prew
Oklahoma City, OK

June 1, 2007
3:07 PM

Post #3561441

my sakes...i'm stunned. absolutely amazing work.

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

June 5, 2007
3:15 AM

Post #3576434

WOW!! I am just so Awed by your Bird Mansions. Just GORGEOUS! Can't wait to see whats next.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 5, 2007
3:36 PM

Post #3578316

Thank you prew and Seedtosser1
I will have another large birdhouse done in about a week from now.
This is how it looks so far.
It is made from 70 year old barn wood.

john

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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 5, 2007
3:41 PM

Post #3578335

Wow, that is beautiful. Absolutely amazing. I can't even make a small one. lol : )

~Lucy
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

June 5, 2007
4:04 PM

Post #3578451

I've been meaning to ask -
Do you use a band saw to resaw the wood?
What sort of jig's do you use? - your "logs" are so uniform.
Any particular brand of saw blades?
Do you resharpen them yourself?

How long does it take to build one of these mansions?

Do you sell them?
prew
Oklahoma City, OK

June 5, 2007
5:28 PM

Post #3578728

Your welcome John. That one looks even larger? I have a 4 yr old grandson, 2 yrs past due on the terrible 2's. It looks like maybe he could slide rite down in, just prior to placing the roof. Maybe?...just stay there for oooo, about a year ...erso. Joking...sorta. Bubba asked all the questions, and then some, that were racing thru my head. Patiently awaits your answers.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 5, 2007
7:10 PM

Post #3579044

Thanks again everyone for all the nice replys.

Bubba
I don,t use any jigs or plans. I just build them as i go.
I start by pulling all the old nails out of the wood .
Then i run the wood through the planer for some of the houses depending on how the wood looks.
To make the logs i rip them with the tablesaw .
I feed the wood through 3 times for each log.
This birdhouse took about 5 hours to rip all the logs.
I just leave the tablesaw running for an hour at a time and just keep feeding the wood through.
It does make lots of sawdust just for one birdhouse and that is even before i start building it.
I only buy cheap blades because i always seem to miss a few nails so i don,t feel so bad when i hit one.
I have about 20 blades that i will eventually get sharpened.
It takes me from 2 days for the smaller houses up to 2 weeks to build the larger houses.
I just recently started selling some of them because my yard has more then enough now.
I have also started to sell plans so people can build their own.
http://www.extremebirdhouse.com
This is how much sawdust it took just to prepare the wood for this birdhouse .
I filled 6 garbage bags just with the sawdust and shavings.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 6, 2007
12:12 AM

Post #3580092

Wow, that's alot of sawdust!!!
prew
Oklahoma City, OK

June 6, 2007
6:46 PM

Post #3583034

Enjoyed your link. thx for posting.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 20, 2007
11:23 PM

Post #3638828

Thank you pepper and prew.
I am up to 14 bags of shavings and sawdust just on one birdhouse.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 20, 2007
11:49 PM

Post #3638886

That's alot of sawdust. lol. The house is looking great!!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 21, 2007
11:55 AM

Post #3640410

Thanks Pepper
I want to find some little brass bells to put in each tower and i still have to add all the steel railings .
They will be copper colour.

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

June 21, 2007
1:56 PM

Post #3640756

Hey Cranebook2,
As usual, i am in total awe of your work.
Last night I was able to share all your work with my DD.
She is my 14 yr old artist. I loved watching her expessions as we went through the various photo's-Haha, couldn't grasp how big they were till I showed the pic of you standing next to one-She almost fell on the floor!
Best of luck finding the right bells-can't wait to see her finished.
Judy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 21, 2007
4:07 PM

Post #3641262

Thank you Judy for the nice compliments.

It sould be done by next week some time , i am waiting on a few materials.
I will try to find some bells that chime and make noise.
I still don,t no what colour to do the roof yet.
It has to a colour that i can match with chaulking.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 21, 2007
4:13 PM

Post #3641294

I like this picture

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Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

June 21, 2007
4:22 PM

Post #3641333

We all do!
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2007
6:51 PM

Post #3641862

You seem to out do yourself with every house. That one is just beautiful, also. : )
It might have been posted and I missed it, but what kind of birds are nesting in those?
Do you make the hole sizes different on different houses, for different birds?
(wow, that was alot of differences. lol) : )

~Lucy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 21, 2007
7:02 PM

Post #3641893

Thank you Lucy
I do drill the holes differently depending on the house.
This one because of it,s size will be for sparrows and swallows.
My next birdhouse will be for Purple Martins.

I have 3 Martins nesting in this one.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 21, 2007
7:06 PM

Post #3641915

Heres one more. beautiful birds

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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2007
9:24 PM

Post #3642494

Do they have a way to clean them out, like a removable top? Sorry for all the questions, but they are so interesting. : )

~Lucy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 21, 2007
9:52 PM

Post #3642612

Hi Lucy
One thing i do is take lots of pictures just in case someone has a question. lol

Yes, all the insides are removable for cleaning.
This is what it looks like inside.
Everthing comes out.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2007
12:55 AM

Post #3643300

Thanks for showing the inside!! I have been wanting to see the insides but kept fogetting to ask. lol

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

June 23, 2007
2:15 AM

Post #3647538

Yes, Thank you for showing the insides. I am facinated! Ok, so I would like to know about your first bird house. Is this how you got started?
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 23, 2007
10:49 AM

Post #3648175

Thank you Seedtosser
I grew up in an old lumber yard and my father was a carpenter.

I got started by building houses from the age of 15 until i was 35.
I also built lots of decks, fences, barns and anything else woodworking on the way.
I grew up with a hammer in my hand. lol

I was injured 5 years ago and had to retire so i build this stuff when i can to stay busy.
This is the first birdhouse i built out of 30 .
Then i just got carried away. lol

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 23, 2007
8:37 PM

Post #3649684

That one would look good next to our birdfeeder.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 25, 2007
5:29 PM

Post #3656680

Here are the final pictures i hope. lol
I still might add some little details here and there.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 25, 2007
5:32 PM

Post #3656693

pic 2

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 25, 2007
5:35 PM

Post #3656703

pic 3

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 25, 2007
5:38 PM

Post #3656714

Last one
my kitty.

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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 25, 2007
5:49 PM

Post #3656754

Wow, I think you ought to go in the business of making those on a larger scale, I think I could live in that one. : )

Cute kitty.

~Lucy
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 26, 2007
12:48 AM

Post #3658347

I agree with Lucy. lol. And a very cute kitty.

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

June 26, 2007
5:53 PM

Post #3661008

Too cute with kitty!
giggling here in agreement with lucy-Hey I'm only 5 feet tall LOL
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 18, 2007
10:19 PM

Post #4098394

Hi everyone ,It has been a very busy summer so now that it,s slowing down i thought i better start posting some more pics.
This is my garden shed that i am building now.
It is 12 ff wide 10 ft deep and 14 ft high and it has 6 roofs , 12 hips , 8 valleys and 15 windows.
I will be adding 4x8 sheets of Chalet board ( wood siding ) to the extrerior.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 18, 2007
10:27 PM

Post #4098418

Pic # 2
It has a great view

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 18, 2007
10:30 PM

Post #4098427

pic # 3 Back view

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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2007
11:51 PM

Post #4098761

Another beautiful work of art. : ) I bet kids would love to make a playhouse out of that. I know I would have, when I was little.
Very nice.
~Lucy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 19, 2007
12:12 AM

Post #4098856

Thank you Lucy
I built a playhouse a few years ago that looks very similar to this shed but half the size.
My shed will look a lot like the playhouse but much larger .

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2007
12:39 AM

Post #4098953

Wow!! Gorgeous!!
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2007
1:09 AM

Post #4099076

Oh my...what little girl wouldn't want that to play in? : )
I can't believe how you just whip those things together, so beautifully. Amazing!
~Lucy
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

October 19, 2007
12:28 PM

Post #4100309

Extreme birdhouses and now an extreme garden shed - outstanding!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 19, 2007
12:30 PM

Post #4100317

Thank you Pepper and Lucy
It takes me longer to come up with the ideas then it does to build them. lol
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 19, 2007
12:34 PM

Post #4100324

Thank you Bubba
I always seem to make a lot of extra work for myself. lol
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

October 19, 2007
12:57 PM

Post #4100367

Unless there will be tables or benches on both sides, I would be banging my head on the low ceiling rafters in the middle sections. Tend to do that whenever I have a hat on - just don't look up or see low clearances. LOL

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

October 19, 2007
1:12 PM

Post #4100396

Oh my gosh...Splendid. I was wondering what you've been working on.
What's your target date to finish? Are you having a stairwell? Just can't wait to see your shed finished!
pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 19, 2007
1:50 PM

Post #4100503

I was wondering through Dave's and saw this thread. Just lost an hour and a half of my time looking at the photos. Fatastic, Amazing, Fabulous, Unbelieveable, enter adjective here!! The patience it must take. I cannot believe you haven't been selling these from the get go. True talent is rare and usually never seen. So glad you posted these, so we could see them. I was waiting for you to open one of the doors on the birdhouse and have carved furniture and fixtures. OH, don't listen to me. next thing you know, you will. Have you ever done dollhouses? I love the playhouse, as would my DD, "Teensy". I have to say though, one of my favorite pics was the one of your home with the ice hanging off of what looks like a willow. That is a perfect pic with the red house and all the white. Well, I loved the one with the storm clouds and sun over the field also. Keep up the amazing work so we may continue to ooooh and ahhh!! Oh, did you here from Guinesses?
pegdog
Winchester, VA
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2007
1:52 PM

Post #4100513

Hello again, John. Lovely work as always.

I liked your website - simply amazing.

Good luck and keep posting!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 19, 2007
2:56 PM

Post #4100722

Thank you everyone for all the very nice comments .

My daughter just had a baby on july 23 rd of this year to a beautiful little girl.
Here name is Olivia Marie
My daughter is already asking me to build her a doll house. lol

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 19, 2007
3:01 PM

Post #4100735

This is a pic of me and my new granddaughter.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 19, 2007
3:04 PM

Post #4100747

This is my daughter Jacquie and Olivia

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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2007
3:06 PM

Post #4100752

Oh...how precious. : ) Congradulations, Grandpa. She is beautiful. : )
~Lucy

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

October 19, 2007
3:17 PM

Post #4100780

How Sweet, Congratulations!
pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 19, 2007
3:34 PM

Post #4100849

Doll Baby. Thank heavens for little girls. My DD has her Daddy, uncle and grandfathers wrapped around that tiny little finger. I meant to mention the pic of her also. Such dark hair. I love it. Watch out, she will be gunning for that vette one day!! Could you say no?
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 19, 2007
3:46 PM

Post #4100887

Thanks again everyone. She's a keeper

I gave that car to my son about 6 years ago. I have had bad luck with fast cars. lol
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 19, 2007
11:41 PM

Post #4102393

OMG your work is AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing with us. Have you considered making building plans for these? I bet they would sell before you got them printed. I know that I would love to be able to get some for hubby. I could entertain him for years if I got him a plan for each birthday, anniversery, christmas and "just because".
balvenie
Marysville, WA
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2007
12:46 AM

Post #4102568

That is a beautiful building. I love the multiple roof angles.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 21, 2007
5:17 PM

Post #4107304

Thank you tetleytuna and balvenie for the nice comments

tetleytuna
My son and i have been working on a few plans so far
We have 2 done so far and i have had a customer already send me pictures of the capecod that he completed.
I would like to get a few more done over the winter months when my son,s work slows down.
I build them and he draws them up.
Here are the 2 plans that i have done now.
I just sold 1 of each yesterday.
http://www.extremebirdhouse.com/birdhouse_plans.htm
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 21, 2007
8:24 PM

Post #4107827

Looks like you are going to sell a few more! Just in time for Hubby's B-Day. Sent you a D-Mail.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 31, 2007
1:47 AM

Post #4141481

Hi again everyone
Here is my newest Extreme Birdhouse
I started this one almost 2 years ago and i just decided to finish it now. It certainly was a lot of work.
It is 9 ft wide and over 8 ft high and is made from 150 yr old reclaimed barn wood.

It has 13 roofs, 32 dormers, fly through tunnel and over 100 apartments.
I still have to drill the holes , finish the railings and most of all i still have to paint the roof.
I am trying to find some new colors but i,m not having much luck yet.
I will post a finished picture in a few days.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 31, 2007
1:49 AM

Post #4141492

pic # two

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 31, 2007
1:54 AM

Post #4141511

This is a view of the back

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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 31, 2007
2:47 AM

Post #4141729

WOW, again. : ) Absolutely incredible. : )

Have you thought about just clear coating one? That one has some pretty colors in it already.
~Lucy
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 31, 2007
11:03 AM

Post #4142366

I think the clear coat would look great on there too.
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

October 31, 2007
1:25 PM

Post #4142797

Do you freehand the holes with a forstner bit or a holesaw bit?

Looking at the other finished houses, I thought you cut the holes before assembly.

Great "new" addition to the collection.

One more question: How you you clean them out after the birds have left for the season?
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

October 31, 2007
6:29 PM

Post #4143712

Thanks again everyone
I am only painting the white steel , i never paint the wood , it looks beautiful the way it is.

Bubba
I free hand all the holes except on the dormers
I use the drill press because they are drilled with 2 different size bits.
I use a 1" 1/4 bit for the front then i drill from the back with a 2" bit so when the birds go inside they don,t get stuck half way through.

All the birdhouses have removable insides except a few of the large houses .
They are easy to clean out with a regular pair of kitchen tongs.
I tested them out already on another house and they work great.
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 31, 2007
7:33 PM

Post #4143883

Ok, I'll try again. : ) Maybe a forest green roof on that one.
I'm just thinking out loud. : )
~Lucy
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

November 1, 2007
12:56 AM

Post #4144924

Is there any way to let the roof "season" for a year to take on that weathered look the rest of the birdhouse has and then seal it or would that ruin the roof?
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 1, 2007
2:10 AM

Post #4145252

The steel is already about 5 years old , it was laying in the barn wasting away.
I just hate the look of white so any color would be better . lol

pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 2, 2007
2:12 AM

Post #4148919

Find a rust color. Or black. Or just throw a bunch of paint together and see what you get.
prettylady24
Calhoun, KY
(Zone 6b)

November 2, 2007
2:14 PM

Post #4150052

John your work is amazing as usual.. I am not only impressed with your work...but your creative mind I envy..
I have the creativity in my gardens but I haven't found it in my woodwork ...yet...
I will learn as I go along...
Peggy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 2, 2007
11:48 PM

Post #4151818

Thank you Pepper and Peggy
It,s good to hear from you again Peggy
I am terrible in the garden when it comes to landscaping and knowing the names of anything other then grass and weeds.

Pepper i might end up painting it black
I don,t have much time before it gets too cold to finish it.
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 3, 2007
12:14 AM

Post #4151926

In Florida, a black roof would be too hot. : )
~Lucy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 3, 2007
10:52 AM

Post #4152942

I have thought of that too and if i do paint it black i will have to make sure it is put in a very shaded area.
I always mount them near a shaded tree anyway .
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 10, 2007
3:42 AM

Post #4177592

Ok green it is
It,s called Hosta leaf.
This roof sure was a lot of work to paint but i think it turned out nice.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 10, 2007
3:45 AM

Post #4177602

picture 2
Back view

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 10, 2007
3:54 AM

Post #4177632

here is the top view

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tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

November 10, 2007
5:10 AM

Post #4177818

You picked out the perfect color! I love the way that house turned out for you. :^)
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 10, 2007
6:21 AM

Post #4177903

I love it. Just perfect !!! : )
When I win the lottery, I'm gonna buy it. : )
~Lucy
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 11, 2007
2:34 AM

Post #4180647

Prefect!!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 11, 2007
8:26 PM

Post #4182709

Thank you Lucy and Pepper
I am happy to say it is finally finished .
It only took 2 years . lol

It has 103 apartments

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UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 11, 2007
8:52 PM

Post #4182798

Incredible John! Makes me wish I was a bird! HAHAHA Your patience, your work and attention to detail is just amazing.

Janet
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 11, 2007
10:42 PM

Post #4183152

Thanks again Janet

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Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

November 12, 2007
3:41 PM

Post #4185348

Once again, You did outstanding Crane!
I really love the color you chose for the roof...really brings out the color in the wood. Smiling at your work!
LOL, whats next on the agenda??
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 12, 2007
10:07 PM

Post #4186384

Thank you seedtosser
I think i better work on getting some firewood before it gets too cold. lol

I wouldn,t mind building a gazebo out of branches or something like that. I guess it depends on the weather.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

December 23, 2007
9:54 PM

Post #4322672

Merry Cristmas and Happy New Year everyone .
Here is my last Extreme Birdhouse of this year .
It is made from 120 year old reclaimed barn wood and has 22 apartments.
This is the third time building this model .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

December 23, 2007
9:56 PM

Post #4322679

This is the back view

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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 23, 2007
10:55 PM

Post #4322798

Beautiful, as ever. : )

Brrrrrr, it looks cold at your place, but very pretty.
Thanks for showing us all your wonderful creations, and Happy Holidays also to you, and your family.

~Lucy
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 24, 2007
12:25 AM

Post #4323010

The ground there matches what mine looks like. Just add ice under it. lol.

The birdhouse looks great!! I wouldn't mind having that as a real house. lol
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 24, 2007
1:13 AM

Post #4323116

Just beautiful! I love the way it turned out. It looks like some of it was painted before you cut and shaped the individual boards. I really like the way that gave the birdhouse more depth in color. Holiday greeting to you as well!
prettylady24
Calhoun, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 24, 2007
1:16 AM

Post #4323125

Awesome job John...as always...Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too hon..
Peggy
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 24, 2007
1:21 AM

Post #4323138

Merry Christmas to all of you too!!

Tet, we have missed you around here!! Where've you been hiding?
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

December 24, 2007
1:26 AM

Post #4323152

I have been reading a lot but have not been posting much. Mostly been at the wildlife forum and keeping up with the Heidi the racoon. Thanks for thinking of me! :^)
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

December 24, 2007
2:09 AM

Post #4323272

Thank you and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

December 24, 2007
8:59 PM

Post #4324886

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Crane and all!
...See you in 2008
Shan71
Danvers, MA

March 2, 2008
3:46 AM

Post #4611140

Wow! Your work is amazing! Good luck on the Guinness Record!

You should definately post some of the Bird house pics on the Bird Watching forum!

Welcome to Dave's!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/birdwatching/all/
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 8, 2008
2:09 AM

Post #4636110

Thank you Seedtosser1 and Shan71
It has been a tough winter on the body but i am beginning to feel a little better .
I will be posting a pile of new smaller ones soon .I am working on 13 more of them now.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 8, 2008
2:42 AM

Post #4636215

Am looking fowards too seeing more. Never get tired of looking at them. :~)

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

March 8, 2008
3:30 AM

Post #4636383

Oh Gosh Crane,

Are you alright?

I have been anxiously waiting to see your work, Always help me to smile.

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tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 8, 2008
3:44 AM

Post #4636431

Are you doing OK Cranbrook?? I know how difficult a cold winter can be. Wow, 13 more houses? I am really looking forward to seeing them. :^)
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 8, 2008
4:36 AM

Post #4636593

I can't wait to see your new ones, either. : ) Hope you get to feeling better, real soon.
~Lucy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 9, 2008
3:12 PM

Post #4641750

Thank you everyone , i am used to struggling with chronic pain all the time but the winter seems to make it much worse and on top of that i have a bad case of acid reflux. I am just happy that spring is coming soon.
I have been getting all kinds of scopes and scans done so i am hoping that will help solve a few problems soon.
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 9, 2008
3:57 PM

Post #4641951

It must be catching, I just went through a bunch of tests, myself. They found a hiatel hernia, and a little bit of sludge in my gallbladder. Man, that acid can sure burn like drano. I thought I was having a heart attack. lol

Finally found a couple of medicine to help everything. Good Luck with yours. : )
~Lucy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 18, 2008
1:44 PM

Post #4677983

Hi everyone , I managed to build a few more houses recently .
They are all made with 90 - 120 year old reclaimed barn wood.

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 18, 2008
1:48 PM

Post #4677997

Front view

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Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

March 18, 2008
1:50 PM

Post #4678005

Beautiful as usual!

A few Questions for you:
What are you using for the roofing material?
How much does that one weigh?

What size holes? for what type of birds?

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 18, 2008
2:48 PM

Post #4678260

Hi Bubba
I use regular barn steel for the roof , the holes are 1 3/8" . I mainly get sparrows and swallows nesting in my large houses but . if the holes where bigger the Purple Martins would move right in too.
This house weighs 25 lbs.
Here is another one i just did .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 18, 2008
2:51 PM

Post #4678268

Part 2

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 18, 2008
2:57 PM

Post #4678295

Here is another

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 18, 2008
3:19 PM

Post #4678397

picture 2

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 18, 2008
3:22 PM

Post #4678410

Picture 3

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 18, 2008
3:26 PM

Post #4678421

Here is my last house

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 18, 2008
3:29 PM

Post #4678444

picture # 2

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 18, 2008
3:32 PM

Post #4678461

Last picture

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UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 19, 2008
1:10 AM

Post #4680506

If it weren't for all that snow on the ground, I'd want to be a bird and move right in. They are all beautiful! You have got some lucky birds in your neighborhood. I loved the first photo you showed with the dog stretching in the background. :-)

Janet
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 19, 2008
1:23 AM

Post #4680582

Love your first one too.
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 19, 2008
1:28 AM

Post #4680600

As alway, these or just wonderful! I really like the rustic archway shown in some of the pictures. You have an artist's eye for sure.
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 19, 2008
2:01 AM

Post #4680704

Like I said, as soon as I hit the lottery, I'm flying you down to build me a house, and a birdhouse. : ) They are all soooo Beautiful. : )

You come up with some of the best designs. Just absolutely amazing. : )
~Lucy

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

March 19, 2008
1:55 PM

Post #4681935

Hi Crane,
Wow, I really like these. They are smaller then the others aren't they?
...Looks like you have been keeping busy during the winter months.

Eyes are dazzled once again.
Hope you are feeling better!
Judy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 19, 2008
5:01 PM

Post #4682636

Thanks again everyone for all the very nice words. I am lucky to be able to build these houses just for the birds. They deserve nice houses like the rest of us. It is great to be able to share them with everyone too . All the more reason to keep building them.
Thankyou again everyone.

john
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

March 23, 2008
8:21 PM

Post #4699773

I've seen your houses in the pass, I think it was Photobucket or webshots, something like that, and was very impressed by them and still am. Shan71, directed us to this thread.
Wish I had half the skill you have. You do wonderful work.
Sorry to hear about your chronic pain, but I can see, that didn't stop you. Keep up the good work. It very impressive.
NatureWalker
New York & Terrell, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2008
2:59 AM

Post #4748955

cranbrook2,

Would you consider making a new thread?

Somewhat like - extreme birdhouses and more from recycled wood 2 - ?

~* Robin
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 16, 2008
11:25 PM

Post #4818802

Thank you burn and Robin . No problem Robin i am on dial up and it takes a long time for this page to open for me so that is a great idea that you come up with . I don,t know why i didn,t think of it . lol

Burn : it probably was on Webshots that you saw my pictures . That is my main gallery other then my website.
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2008
6:07 PM

Post #5291054

cranbrook2 ~ I love your garden shed! Build me a Cape Cod to match my house... ~ Suzi :)
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

July 22, 2008
3:04 PM

Post #5301530

Thank you Suzi , i have built several cape cod houses and birdhouses .I really like the style of them.
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2008
3:24 AM

Post #5310494

I have often though it would be nice to have a cape cod garden house out back, with a cape cod birdhouse on it. Used to think CC playhouse too, but she is almost 11 now. It would have to be big, and it would be prob be her hideout from Momma, lol

~ :)
Aunt_A


December 13, 2008
12:47 AM

Post #5886154

Hello all;

I just wrote and published an article on Dave's Garden about John and his lovely bird houses.

Here is the URL:

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1962/

Thanks!

April
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

May 20, 2011
12:08 PM

Post #8575952

John, we miss seeing your work.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

July 6, 2011
5:36 AM

Post #8675497

Thank you Bubba ! I am still building lots of birdhouses . I don,t get a lot of time online during the summer do to working in my shop so much . I have a facebook group that i update weekly . http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/home.php?sk=group_112698715866&ap=1

Here are a few houses i just finished a few weeks ago .

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Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

July 7, 2011
7:03 AM

Post #8677863

Lookin Gooood! (as always)
prew
Oklahoma City, OK

August 29, 2011
12:48 PM

Post #8783360

Every house looks like such a labor of love. I guess you sell them? Just how hard is it to let one of those go? You are definitely one of those fortunate people who found a true passion.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 8, 2011
12:48 PM

Post #8799340

Thanks Prew ! I hate to see the big houses go because they take so much time . I just finished a 7 ft birdhouse a few weeks ago and i started it back in Jan 2009

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Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

February 7, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #8998255

So it's mid winter in Canada - what's on your schedule, John?

Love seeing your work - and a new thread here would be great.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

February 27, 2012
5:37 AM

Post #9021591

These are real marvels! Would you come and play at my house? These are nicer than the home I live in!!!

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