Hi everyone , Here is my latest Extreme Birdhouse it is made from 100 year old barn wood .
I built this house for a friend of mine in exchange for a couple truck loads of barn wood .
This house is 6 ft wide and 75 " tall . The new owner is painting the roof green and i will post a few more pictures of it in a few weeks once he has it mounted . This house is going to be in the city of Guelph Ontario .
Outstanding work, though I'm not surprised at all, considering the masterpieces you've shown us so far. Each birdhouse you create is better than the last one. Those Canadian birds are very lucky that you care so much for them.
Great design and great location for this birdhouse! I continue to be amazed at the detail and creativity of your birdhouses. I lived in Guelph for 6 years while I attended the University for my Masters, and then subsequently for work. I moved to Iowa about 6 years ago but I still miss Guelph (and all the rest of Canada!) I'm sure it will make a fine addition to the nesting options for many Guelph birds!
Thank you everyone for the very nice comments . I took my 6 ft wide patio door out to get the birdhouse outside . I used 4" PVC piping underneath the house and rolled it right out . It was so easy i barely had to push it . The birdhouse weighs about 400 lbs . The base weighs 200 and the house weighs 200 .
Thanks again everyone . I have thought about building a cat house but they would destroy it in no time . They really like to scratch a lot .
Here is another birdhouse i just finished this morning . It is the first actual Purple Martin House that i have done . When i took the pictures this morning i saw a Purple Martin flying from birdhouse to birdhouse looking for a place to nest so i better build some more fast .
They are all wonderful John. I'm curious though, how would a person go about mounting one of those big houses on a pole? Or do they sit on the "boxes" like you have them? I know it took an "Act of Congress" to get our little bird apartment mounted on a 4 X 4 because it weighs so much.
Thank you everyone , The birdhouse will all be mounted on a single post .I put the large houses up with a farm tractor if i can . I will post a few pictures tomorrow afternoon of the big house at the top of this page . It was put up today all by man power . Three guys put it up . I havn,t seen it yet but my friend said they got it up 9 ft in the air . It should be something to see .lol There are birds on it already.
Lucy i was also thinking of getting some large pictures printed up to hang in the house.
John, I think they will look great on any wall in your house. They are colorful, and everyone will be walking up, admiring them. They will also be a great keepsake for your family, for generations to come. : ) Date them, and sign them. : )
Wow once again you have shown us the most amazing birdhouses! Thank you for the pics of the one that is mounted up on the pole, I had wondered how you did that to ensure that the house was properly supported. I too am happy to finally "meet" you. :^)
I love your wonderful birdhouses, cranbrook! More works of art/sculpture than just birdhouses, but I assume the birds like them as well as I do?
While I'm admiring the houses I'm thinking of a few questions and so I hope you'll oblige me for a bit? --So do birds actually nest in them, then? And are the entry holes built to certain specs for different varieties of birds? And lastly, how do the houses open up for cleaning up?
Such mundane questions, I know, so forgive me, please!
Thanks again everyone , it is a pleasure to meet everyone here .
No problem with the questions . All the houses are designed with plywood insides and they are all removable for easy cleaning .The easiest way to clean the very large houses is with a pair of bun or corn tongs . they slide in the hole then you just pull the nest out .It saves from bringing the big houses down . the smaller houses like this one you just unscrew the house and take it off the base , then pull the insides out to clean . The base stays where it is . I build them for different birds and different size holes . These large houses are mostly for sparrows and swallows .
This was put up yesterday and the birds are already all over it . They will fill them no problem . I am designing other houses for Purple Martins and now for doves . I just built this little one a few weeks ago for my sister in law and she just sent me a picture tonight .She lives in Cape Breton
Beautiful Houses. I thought they were huge, until I saw you with the dog, and realised its just that you are small. ^_^
I'm going to make one, but I think, maybe a bit smaller and something simple, with say, 4 walls and a roof! LOL
He's a beautiful dog though, even though he is so big. Sometimes people see me walking my greyhound and they ask if it is a great Dane. I'm not sure why - they don't look that similar to me, but I have a big greyhound!
That's a good design - I like the chimney! How many separate "units" does it have? I can see 5 holes on this side - are there 5 matching ones on the other side for 10 units total? Or am I missing some?!
Oh my god, you need to make a Calendar out of your photos... they would make great gifts and you can get them made for free on zazzle. and other sites like it.. I think they sell them, and give you a small percentage of the sales (they make a huge profit), but it is free to upload photos and it would give you a little $ for more wood.. I love those birdhouses... you have a lot of talent.
Thanks again everyone for all the very nice comments . I am going to the nursery this weekend to see what i can find to spice it up a litte . There are some wild grape vines close by and i have a feeling they will be climbing on it in know time .
Thank you BlueGlancer and Michelle , i surprise myself sometimes when i build something . I just get a idea and start building and next thing i know is im done . lol
I just got a call today from birds and blooms magazine and they are going to do a article on me . I should have all the details next week some time . I told the birds and they are all very excited . lol
If I may... my parents bought me a subscription to Birds and Blooms as a birthday present last year, and honestly, it is one of my favorite gifts from them! And, not very expensive! I'll be asking them for a renwal this year!
Thank you Michelle ,The editor called me a week ago but he gave me the wrong number to contact him back so i have been waiting for him to call back . He finally called back yesterday so i should have more details this coming week .
Hi everyone , i just finished writing my article today for Birds and Blooms and once they saw how many houses i built they said they are going to give me two pages in thier magazine . I am so excited . The article is supposed to be in the Dec/ Jan issue .
Thank you Lucy and Michelle , they said they were passing my pictures around the office and they couldn,t believe the size of them and the amount of them so that is why they are giving me two pages . I am very excited . lol
Hi everyone , i am back with another one of my Extreme Birdhouses . This house is made from 100 year old reclaimed barn wood .It is 5 ft wide , 7 ft tall and has a bird bath built into the roof .
The railings are all made from 1/4" steel .
It just boggles my mind how you keep coming up with all these beauties. And each one seems to be more elaborate and refined than the last one. If anyone has ever found their calling, it is diffenently you. : )
Awesome, once again. : )
Wow, like everybody else said, you have outdone yourself! Deluxe accomodations with rooftop pool included. These are going to be some spoiled birds.
I got a copy of birds and blooms today specifically with the intention of finally subscribing. I don't want to take a chance on missing your article this winter. I would say that they probably get a zillion entries for articles and such and have seen it all. The fact that they were passing the pics around the office just confirms what we already had the privilage of knowing. You are a master craftsman and really deserve this recognition. The folks that see this article are definately in for a treat.
John when will there be more birdhouse plans posted on your wed site? During the winter I usually build a few bird houses every year. Usually two story round houses from rough stock i get at a local mill. Nothing like the mansions your building. Would love to tackle one this year.
I just found this thread (peeking in from work) and am looking forward to perusing each and every picture. John, your creations are inspirational. I'm beyond impressed. I will have to make sure to get the Birds and Blooms magazine this winter so I don't miss you.
I absolutely love the picture of the kitties warming up the new birdhouse. Did you photoshop that or are those your cats. That's a hoot!!
I have a t-shirt press and design all types of t-shirts. I would love to design a special one for you. Do you have any ideas of what you would like? I have 100's of t-shirts in different colors and sizes. Just let me know, and I will design a one if a kind logo for you. It is a hobby of mine, and I charge very little, if anything.
Thank you Cathy and thanks again everyone . The magazine is called Birds and Blooms . It should be out by late next week .
I had even bigger news happen to me a month ago .For the past 20 years i have been searching for a daughter i had after my first marriage ended . She was born in Sherbrooke Quebec and after she turned one years old i lost contact with her due to her mother moving away .
A month ago i got a email from my daughter and i found out she was looking for me too . She ended up finding me first . So this past week i took a trip to Quebec to visit her for the first time in 20 years .She is now 21 years old .
She doesn,t speak English so her grandmother helps to translate for now .
This is a picture of us taken last week .
John what a wonderful surprise for you! Your DD is very pretty indeed.
My father was adopted and he found his real mother when he was about 30. (1952) No Internet in those days ! The search for her was a difficult one. Their relationship was wonderful and lasted for many years until the end of her life.I hope you and your DD have the same rich relationship they did.
Looking forward to that issue of B&B as soon as it comes out!
Congratulations John! Your daughter looks a lot like you. She is really beautiful. I would love to have been a fly on the wall with a camera in hand to record the whole 1st meeting. I would imagine both of you had many questions for each other. I hope you are able to spend a lot of time with her. If you haven't done a genealogy of your family, this would be a great time to do so. That way she will know who her "other" family is.
Congratulations also on the upcoming article on your fabulous bird palaces. I'll be sure to look for the magazine.
Wow! Congratulations on you and your daughter finding each other, and the publication of your story in B & B. Gardening friends, my parents bought me a subscription to this magazine for my birthday last year, and now I've made sure that they are absolutely committed to making that my birthday present every year! I recommend subscribing, it's lovely!
Thank you everyone for all the very gracious responses . It brings tears to my eyes when i think about all the years i missed seeing her and now finally to be able to see here was the greatest feeling i have had in years . I am very lucky . I have a lot of catching up to do . lol
I really appreiate all the great comments here , thanks again . I hope the article is good .
I am so glad that your daughter found you! I was not able to find my Dad, until a couplle of years after his passing. I hadn't seen him since I was six years old. Thank goodness you two found each other! That is wonderful!
Your bird houses are awesome! WOW!
Have you ever considered making Doll Houses? You would do fantastic!
Good luck with all of your future adventures! Happy New Year to everyone!
someone sent me your link and I was wondering how you attach the wood for arbor made of natural wood I have 2.5 acres and enough wood piles to chock a horse I would like to do something like that but I cant seem to figure out how you attach them together?
are you just using screws or are you insurting them after using a router bit
Thank you everyone . The last time i spoke to Birds and Blooms they said the article will be out in the spring now . Right now i have a film crew from Animal Planet coming here on Jan 27 to film. I will post some pictures shortly after .
scicciarella , I use 2 1/2" galvanized finish nails for the small sticks , then 3" stainless steel screws for the larger branches . The very large branches such as the rafters i use 5- 6 " galvanized nails .I pre drill a hole first for them so they don,t split the logs .Once the arbor is done it is pretty hard to see and nails or screws .
I use a finish nailer for all the little pieces .It,s much faster and easier.
My first arbor has been up for almost 7 years now and i have never had any troubles with it whatsoever . The weather can get really nasty here too .
I have been wanting to have a coffee table book on my birdhouses and arbors for the past few years or a HOW TOO book . I just don,t know how to go about it yet . I couldn,t write a book if my life depended on it . lol
I definitely have lots of pictures and information . I just need a good writer that can do something with it all .
Thanks for the info on the Porter Cable! Looks like your nailer runs on an air compressor... I'm looking into a battery one, although I think they tend to be lighter gauge. I'll figure it all out eventually, LOL.
My hubby is a carpenter and he uses a Paslode (brand, available at most Home Depots), both 16 gauge for heavy duty stuff, and an 18 gauge for the lightweight things. Each gun was approx, $250.
They use no compressor. They run on rechargeable batteries and fuel cells. We were able to trim most of my Mom's house with it. I know it's a different type of application. I'm telling you watching him use it sold me on the handiness of it. (Prior to that, I thought it was quite a luxury. :-) ) The only thing I don't like about them is the smell of the fuel (it's a funky indescribable smell, but it doesn't last too long). And if you are using it outdoors, well then... you don't have to worry much about that.
It was wonderful to not have to drag along a compressor to San Antonio and then have NOT to have all of that noise inside the house from the compressor running.
John, I love the idea of a book of your masterpieces with some instructions for folks that want to create them. And I agree that the photo you posted would be a beautiful cover. I'm looking forward to seeing your article in B & B.
Hi everyone , Here is a link to my site where i added some new pictures of me and the film crew from Animal Planet. The new pictures are at the bottom of the screen . http://www.extremebirdhouse.com/photos.htm
It was a great day for shooting but it was extremely cold - 13 c
Thank you pebble and scicciarella for you comments . I don,t usually sell the birdhouses but i have sold a few in the past . I guess it just depends on what someone is looking for .
I just finished this church style birdhouse yesterday .It has 21 rooms and is about 4 1/2 ft tall. It is made from 100 year old barn wood .
Hi everyone , I just found out the airing date today . The show is "Outrageous Animals". Outrageous Pet Digs is the second episode of six in this series and right now the episode is scheduled to air on Saturday, April 18th on Animal Planet. I'm not sure of the exact time yet .
Thank you Brenda , April and Lucy .
I am very excited about spring . The farm i live on is being torn down in the next few months so i am being forced to move . The best part is i just bought my first house and it has a 1,300 sq ft , 2 storey shop . The hardest part is moving everything in my yard .
This first picture is of the house , it is 2,000 sq ft , 5 bedroom and 9 ft ceilings . It a big house for one person . lol
Thanks everyone for all the great comments . I will have a 1/2 acre lot to fill up . I am taking my garden shed , 3 arbors , 18 birdhouses and everything else in my yard . I will be using a large farm tractor and a few hay wagons to take all the big stuff . I also have a huge load of reclaimed lumber to move .
I am taking the 2 dogs and a few cats .
Hi everyone , I just wanted to remind everyone that my birdhouse segment airs this coming Saturday night at 10 pm , April 18 on Animal Planet . It is part 2 of a 6 part series and the show will be called ( Pet Digs )
Thanks again everyone for all the great comments ! It has been a very busy summer . I am finally settled into my new home along with my new shop .No more building in the house . I am getting about 15 - 20 people a day stopping into my new home to view my work . Here are a few recent articles and stuff , of course a few more birdhouses . I have built 56 so far .
Wow John...I've never seen anything like this. Your bird hotels are truly unique and the detail you have put into them is amazing. Thank you for posting the links and I wish you continued success with your wonderful work.
Hi, I live in Sweden and we have a lot of snow. I was given a house (up on stilts about one foot high ), the house is big enough for a very large cat. It is made of wood, and has a slanted two sided roof. You said the cats claw everything, but for some reason, they leave this house alone. Actually, it is wonderful to have in town, as there are no places for a cat to be in the cold. I can leave him out, dry, and happy.
I loved your houses, and maybe you should start a school for making bird houses, as people just love yours.
I have spent a lot of time just looking at your pictures, and reading how you solved problems.
I did not know that birds would nest so close together.
many thanks, and maybe a cat house? I kind of think that maybe itīs ok for a cat house to be clawed!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you !! I actually built a cat house for my 4 cats . I live on a busy road so it,s either this or they end up dead on the road .
There is a window out and another cage in the house they can go into if there is a thunderstorm .
Ha Ha - we certainly have enough grackles - they can be very annoying - so far we have not had any try to steal food from customers, but we have had at least one steal a bag of chips from the rack by the pass-thru window.
Now at the house, that would be great to have one that looked like the "shack".
If I find time to do some of "my" woodworking projects - I will add this to the list.
oh that list--if it's like mine there is no end!
yeah i think you are right-one at home would be even better!--funny about the grackles taking the chips! just be glad you don't have pigeons hanging out there!!