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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 - 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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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) : )
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.
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
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?
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?
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".
Thank you tetleytuna and balvenie for the nice comments
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
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.
Thanks again everyone
I am only painting the white steel , i never paint the wood , it looks beautiful the way it is.
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.
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...
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 .
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!
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.
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.
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. : )
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 .
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. :-)
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.
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.
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.
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