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Woodworking: Extreme Birdhouses and Lawn Ornaments ( Part Two )

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 16, 2008
11:46 PM

Post #4818883

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 .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 16, 2008
11:54 PM

Post #4818918

This is a picture of the back .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 16, 2008
11:59 PM

Post #4818938

I used low pitch roofing on the top . The base was made from a home made garden shed door . It is also insulated .

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UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 17, 2008
12:29 AM

Post #4819056

WOW John! It's taller than you. :-)

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.

Janet
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

April 17, 2008
12:31 AM

Post #4819060

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!
Claire

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2008
12:31 AM

Post #4819062

How on earth do you get that out of the house???
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 17, 2008
1:25 AM

Post #4819477

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 .

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2008
1:32 AM

Post #4819533

Nice. I should have known that after building so many you have quite the system!

Ha. I see your "testers" are still employed.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2008
1:46 AM

Post #4819649

That house is huge!! And gorgeous!!
UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 17, 2008
1:59 AM

Post #4819736

I'm thinking you should build a "cat house" next for those little fellers. :-)

Janet
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2008
2:15 AM

Post #4819846

That is another beautiful birdhouse, John. : )
I agree with Janet. You need to build your little furry friends a house, for them to hang out in, and on. : )
~Lucy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 17, 2008
9:02 PM

Post #4823642

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 .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 17, 2008
9:05 PM

Post #4823657

Here is a picture of the back .

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2008
1:14 AM

Post #4824619

Make that house human size and I would live in it. lol
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2008
1:46 PM

Post #4845875

You know those should be featured on "Extreme Homes" they look like bird mansions to me! Great work.
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 22, 2008
2:40 PM

Post #4846272

That's the word I've been looking for. ' Bird Mansions ' That's exactly what they are. : )
~Lucy

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

April 24, 2008
2:01 AM

Post #4854772

Oh My Gosh! Crane, John...nice to meet you finally.

Once again I shake my head at your talent..

Hahahaaa. It's ear to ear grin to you and Your creations.

Spectacular!!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 24, 2008
9:12 PM

Post #4858977

Thanks again everyone for all the very nice replies . I am always happy when i can post a new house . lol
This house is made from 80 year old barn wood .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 24, 2008
9:15 PM

Post #4858997

Here is the back view . It has 20 apartments .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 24, 2008
9:19 PM

Post #4859017

I am having a 2 day art show this coming weekend so i decided to round up some of my houses for a family picture .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 24, 2008
9:22 PM

Post #4859028

Here is another picture with me in it .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 24, 2008
9:26 PM

Post #4859043

This is from the front row .I have built 41 houses so far so this pile is only 1/3 of what i have done .

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Zanymuse
Scotia, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 24, 2008
10:11 PM

Post #4859219

Are any of the housed occupied or do the birds have trouble affording the upper end housing market?
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 24, 2008
11:45 PM

Post #4859640

I knew they were big, but they are even bigger than I thought. : ) I wish I could paint, I'd like to have a painting in my house, of all those colorful birdhouses. They are just gorgeous.
~Lucy
UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2008
12:05 AM

Post #4859733

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.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 25, 2008
1:17 AM

Post #4860034

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.
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 25, 2008
1:27 AM

Post #4860069

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. : )
~Lucy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 26, 2008
1:27 AM

Post #4864750

Hi everyone here is the big birdhouse done and up . It is 9 ft from the deck to the bottom of the base .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 26, 2008
1:30 AM

Post #4864769

Here are a few more pictures

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 26, 2008
1:34 AM

Post #4864801

This is a picture from the back . its not a great shot .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 26, 2008
1:38 AM

Post #4864828

My friends backyard is all deck and pool

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tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 26, 2008
1:42 AM

Post #4864861

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. :^)
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

April 26, 2008
1:48 AM

Post #4864905


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!

cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 26, 2008
2:13 AM

Post #4865083

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

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 29, 2008
8:56 AM

Post #4880770

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
Well done.
Sue

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 29, 2008
12:27 PM

Post #4881116

That IS a big dog too, isn't it!
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 29, 2008
2:46 PM

Post #4881783

Those are BIG dogs. My neigbor has one, and it is as big as a horse to me. Their small kids ride on his back. lol

~Lucy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 29, 2008
9:58 PM

Post #4883559

Thanks again everyone . It is a very large dog . It is over 7 ft tall when he stands straight up . He hogs two seats when is in the truck . lol

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DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2008
10:00 PM

Post #4883572

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!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 29, 2008
10:06 PM

Post #4883603

haha. YIKES! What a cute picture. I heart him.
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 30, 2008
12:06 AM

Post #4884074

Great pup pic! I have always loved Great Danes but do not have the room for one in the house. So I make do with a black lab, a blonde sharpei and an aussie mix. :^)

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

April 30, 2008
4:52 AM

Post #4885500

Wah!! What a great lookin Dane staring at me! Whats his name?

Well he is splendid too. I've no dog but my Bird feathers (cocketeil) would look great on his nose. heheh.


cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

May 1, 2008
11:58 AM

Post #4890941

Thanks again everyone his name is Harley .

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 1, 2008
12:51 PM

Post #4891143

Perfect!!!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

May 5, 2008
11:18 AM

Post #4908314

Hi everyone here is another one of my extreme birdhouses . This one is made from 100 year old barnwood . It is a pretty easy design .

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DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2008
1:01 PM

Post #4908711

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?!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

May 5, 2008
1:10 PM

Post #4908750

Thanks CMoxon , there are 12 apartments in this one .
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

June 12, 2008
4:04 PM

Post #5092884

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.

Great work.. thank you for sharing.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 14, 2008
12:26 PM

Post #5102281

Hi Gourd and thank you for the ideas .I have been saving all my pictures for just that reason . I have enough pictures to make about 10 calenders .

Here is my garden shed that i started last year and i finally got some time to finish up . I am just waiting for the glass .

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DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

June 14, 2008
2:23 PM

Post #5102785

Wow! Double wow! I LOVE it! I just asked Kelly if he'd build me one but he seemed to think it would be an awful lot of work for a garden shed. Sigh...
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 14, 2008
7:19 PM

Post #5103942

Think you can just swing on down here and bring that shed with you? I'll be more than happy to take it off your hands. LOL
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 21, 2008
1:51 PM

Post #5137280

Hi everyone , i finally finished the shed and it,s ready to watch TV or the sun sets .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 21, 2008
1:56 PM

Post #5137292

Here is a picture of the back

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 21, 2008
2:07 PM

Post #5137326

I put a couch with a recliner in so far and then i,m going to add a 42" LCD TV

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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2008
3:08 PM

Post #5137559

How neat is that. John? : ) Your own cozy hideout. You need to stick one of those lil refrigerators in there, too, for sandwiches and cold drinks.
I love it. : )
~Lucy

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

June 21, 2008
4:10 PM

Post #5137792

What a cute lil place!!

pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2008
12:24 AM

Post #5139755

You can deliever that here to my house anytime. :~)
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2008
5:12 AM

Post #5221952

Wow, amazing birdhouses and your shed... awesome! Do you have a website where you sell your birdhouses? If not, will you dmail me with info and pricing on a smaller one? Thanks in advance...

Brenda
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

July 8, 2008
1:43 PM

Post #5222878

Thanks again everyone for the great comments . I just started a new rustic arbor a few days ago . it is 7 ft square and 13 ft high . This is my third one .

Brenda here is my website : www.extremebirdhouse.com

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bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2008
2:50 PM

Post #5223224

Thank you... I just can't get over how fabulous they are! Love the shed and arbor as well!

Brenda
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2008
11:43 PM

Post #5226318

Did not know that you had a website. Thank you for the link!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

July 15, 2008
12:09 AM

Post #5259717

Thanks again Brenda and tetleytuna
I just finished my arbor today .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

July 15, 2008
12:13 AM

Post #5259746

Here is another angle of it.

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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 15, 2008
12:24 AM

Post #5259822

Wow, absolutely beautiful, ...as usual. : )
~Lucy
balvenie
Marysville, WA
(Zone 7a)

July 15, 2008
12:37 AM

Post #5259915

I don't remember when I've seen a grander arbor than that. Stunning doesn't come near to describing it.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

July 15, 2008
12:44 AM

Post #5259945

Thank you Lucy and balvenie . I am 5'8" just to give you an idea how big it is .

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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 15, 2008
12:52 AM

Post #5259978

How is it put together. Nails? You have such a remarkable woodworking talent. Best I've ever seen. : )
Are you gonna grow anything on it?
~Lucy
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2008
3:33 AM

Post #5260911

I had that same question regarding growing something on it. It would be a shame to hide that wonderful work though. How 'bout we call it a garden gate or grand entrance instead??
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 15, 2008
3:47 AM

Post #5260963

Wow again! My Dad is a retired carpenter, so he has taught me the value of craftsmanship. Just beautiful!

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

July 16, 2008
12:40 AM

Post #5265482

Gorgeous arbor!! Now you just have to load it up and bring it down here. hahaha

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

July 16, 2008
4:04 AM

Post #5266613

Oh My!!
What a wonderful siight!!

John, you continue to amaze me.

Love talking of your creations. This Arbor is absolutley wonderful.

I too "wood" like to know if you are planning to plant a climber.

Too Cool and big smiles from me.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

July 17, 2008
1:27 PM

Post #5273078

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 .
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 17, 2008
4:04 PM

Post #5273813

You are a inspiration to the rest of us. If only we were as talented, the world would be a more beautiful place. : )
~Lucy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

July 22, 2008
3:13 PM

Post #5301570

Thank you Lucy i really appreciate your comments . I am just happy to be able to do what i do .
I just added some flowers and a weather vein to the arbor . It looks much better.

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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 22, 2008
3:23 PM

Post #5301609

Oh My : ) I never dreamed it would look that fabulous. That is absolutely picture perfect. : )

You need to submit that to a magazine. Everyone would drool over it. Just beautiful. : )
shellabella
West Central, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 22, 2008
3:25 PM

Post #5301616

I just found this thread.
I am blown away by your talent and beautiful works of art! I love that shed too!
Your amazing!

Michelle:)
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

August 1, 2008
11:19 PM

Post #5355750

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
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2008
12:15 AM

Post #5355978

Oh how exciting! I love Birds and Blooms magazine! You're a celebrity!!!

Brenda
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 2, 2008
12:15 AM

Post #5355982

Yes, please let us know when that article comes out. I'd like to find a copy. : ) My birds are really happy for your birds. : )
~Lucy
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2008
3:06 AM

Post #5356749

What wonderful news! Please do tell us what issue. I have often considered subscribing but never have gotten around to it so I would not want to miss your article.
balvenie
Marysville, WA
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2008
4:02 AM

Post #5357008

Congratulations on the article, it is certainly well deserved.
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2008
4:05 AM

Post #5357034

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!

Brenda

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 2, 2008
12:43 PM

Post #5357800

It is indeed a fun magazine. Wonder how come it took them so long to find your houses!!!

cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

August 2, 2008
4:07 PM

Post #5358501

Thank you everyone for all the great comments . I contacted them over 2 years ago and now they have noticed me . lol
better late then never.
shellabella
West Central, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 2, 2008
4:12 PM

Post #5358511

John, what a nice feather in your cap this is!!! You deserve the recognition for all your hard work and creativity.
Congrats!,I will make sure to look for the article.

Michelle:)
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

August 9, 2008
12:11 PM

Post #5389821

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 .
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

August 21, 2008
10:44 PM

Post #5448754

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 .
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 22, 2008
12:12 AM

Post #5449186

Oh wow, that's awesome. I can't wait to see, and read it. They must have been really impressed, like we all are. : )

~Lucy
shellabella
West Central, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 22, 2008
12:26 AM

Post #5449295

That is very very good!!!
I will be watching for it then...thanks for letting us know.
Lucy is right , they must have been impressed and rightfully so!

Michelle :)
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

August 22, 2008
1:10 PM

Post #5451420

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

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 22, 2008
2:04 PM

Post #5451671

nice!! You are a STAR!!!
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

August 22, 2008
2:07 PM

Post #5451692

Richly deserved - congratulations.

Seedtosser1

Seedtosser1
Glenview, IL

August 22, 2008
2:34 PM

Post #5451822

Yay! Awsom...I will watch out for that magazine too!!
Congratulation on beautiful work.
shellabella
West Central, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 22, 2008
3:43 PM

Post #5452201

John, that is one of the very nicest mags around for birding and gardening.
What a thrill that the whole office was admiring your work!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

August 22, 2008
7:04 PM

Post #5453176

Thanks again everyone for all the very nice comments . My mother lives in North Carolina so it,s nice that the magazine comes here in Canada and the United States . Then everyone gets to see it .
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 1, 2008
3:12 PM

Post #5493943

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 .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 1, 2008
3:17 PM

Post #5493960

Here is a view from the back

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 1, 2008
3:24 PM

Post #5493993

Here is picture # 3 , it has 36 apartments .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 1, 2008
3:29 PM

Post #5494017

The bird bath is 1 1/2" deep L shaped

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 1, 2008
3:35 PM

Post #5494040

I think i will put this one up in my yard . Hopefully before winter .

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DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

September 1, 2008
3:40 PM

Post #5494056

Wow, you have outdone yourself this time! Rooftop pool! How cool is that!!
Plus, you kinda look like Kevin Costner in that picture. Does anyone else notice that?

BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 1, 2008
3:51 PM

Post #5494113

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. : )
~Lucy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 1, 2008
6:42 PM

Post #5494763

Thank you CMoxon and Lucy . I always try to do something different each time and to add as much detail as i can with out making a mess of it . lol
shellabella
West Central, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 1, 2008
10:46 PM

Post #5495614

I reiterate what Lucy and Cmoxon said...
A rooftop pool ! How wonderful...I would move in there in a heartbeat...I bet the birds will love that too.

It is wonderful John to meet you here in cyberspace and to be able to see your beauties and read about them directly from you...how lucky we are.

One of these days if I ever get up that way it would be outstanding to see your work in person...

I know I'll be back to look at these pics over and over and show them to my family and friends.

Keep well,
Michelle:)
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

September 1, 2008
10:58 PM

Post #5495668

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.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

September 4, 2008
7:17 PM

Post #5508239

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.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

September 4, 2008
7:30 PM

Post #5508259

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!!

Will check out your site next.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2008
12:01 AM

Post #5509198

Hey John,

A friend of mine found this tee shirt for you!

http://www.threadless.com/product/1381/Imposter_In_The_Bird_Hotel#zoom
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 5, 2008
1:32 AM

Post #5509634

That is sooo cute, Mrs. Ed. : )
~Lucy

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2008
2:38 AM

Post #5509899

did you see there is a cat in the bottom window? just like John's cats!
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 5, 2008
3:36 AM

Post #5510130

LOL, no, I didn't see the cat at first. That's even cuter. : )
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

September 6, 2008
2:20 AM

Post #5514191

Very cool shirt! John you HAVE to get one of those.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 6, 2008
3:05 AM

Post #5514382

Thank you everyone , I am a sucker for cats too . lol
I am just hooking up my new computer and i just got hi speed a few days ago so things are picking up . lol
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

September 6, 2008
4:23 AM

Post #5514624

Enjoy that!!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2008
1:52 PM

Post #5515567

yay high speed!
shellabella
West Central, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 6, 2008
4:10 PM

Post #5516138

John,
You will love having a new computer and the high speed...it's a whole new world! Enjoy!!

That T-Shirt design is soo cute!!!!

catspower
Pangburn, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 18, 2008
4:22 PM

Post #5805113

I am in awe! I just happened on this thread today and was spellbound. Drooling all over myself at your beautiful works of art. You are truely a master at what you do.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 18, 2008
6:30 PM

Post #5805577

Hey that article should be out soon, yes?
catspower
Pangburn, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 19, 2008
10:43 AM

Post #5807970

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.
Cathy

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 19, 2008
6:16 PM

Post #5809248

Thanks again everyone for all the very nice comments . I just found out the article comes out Nov 25 .

Cathy i would love to do a T-shirt but i have no idea about the design part .

I just took these pictures yesterday .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 19, 2008
6:18 PM

Post #5809250

Here is one more .

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 19, 2008
7:34 PM

Post #5809537

Wow John, that turned out really nice!
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

November 19, 2008
7:44 PM

Post #5809595

That is stunning with the snow on it!
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

November 19, 2008
8:03 PM

Post #5809668

Wow. Remind me - what magazine is it? I'll be sure to pick up a copy if I can find it.

Congrats.
catspower
Pangburn, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 19, 2008
8:21 PM

Post #5809741

I will play around with a few degins and see what you think, ok?
Cathy
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 19, 2008
8:41 PM

Post #5809824

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 .

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catspower
Pangburn, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 19, 2008
8:47 PM

Post #5809837

Congradulations!! She is beautiful.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 19, 2008
9:06 PM

Post #5809889

how nice.
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

November 19, 2008
10:11 PM

Post #5810035

Wow, what an amazing story. You must be thrilled to have found her, and I am sure she is too. Time for you to brush up on your Francais, mon ami!
shellabella
West Central, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 19, 2008
10:58 PM

Post #5810157

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!
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

November 20, 2008
12:51 AM

Post #5810519

I am so glad that you and your daughter have found each other! The Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner here and this has been added to my list.

Never did get around to subscribing to B and B so you can bet I will be in line at the bookstore when the new issue comes out so that I do not miss your article.
UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 20, 2008
3:12 AM

Post #5810941

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.

Janet

catspower
Pangburn, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 20, 2008
3:13 AM

Post #5810944

I have gotten Birds and Blooms and Birds and Blooms Extra for years. I love it.
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

November 20, 2008
5:02 AM

Post #5811191

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!
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

November 21, 2008
8:50 PM

Post #5816834

What a wonderful story. It brings tears to my eyes. I can't imagein what an emotional reunion that must have been for the two of you. Congratulations!

I'll pick up a magazine next week. Woohoo!!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 23, 2008
1:28 AM

Post #5820927

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 .
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

November 27, 2008
8:56 PM

Post #5836466

I was hoping my article was going to be in this next birds and blooms magazine but i am guessing next month now . I was sure he said dec/jan issue not dec or jan issue . It must come out every month .
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

November 30, 2008
2:17 AM

Post #5842829

I had a quick flip through the issue on the rack at Lowe's and didn't spot the article... Looking forward to finding it!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

December 2, 2008
4:12 PM

Post #5850965

I got a hold of a editor at Birds and Blooms and they said the article wont be out until spring now .
Aunt_A


December 13, 2008
12:47 AM

Post #5886156

But, you can read about John right here on Dave's Garden:

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

Enjoy!

April
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 30, 2008
9:03 AM

Post #5942775

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!

Jeanne
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

January 23, 2009
3:57 PM

Post #6040345

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
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 24, 2009
1:41 AM

Post #6042897

Any news on when the article in Birds and Blooms is coming out?
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

January 24, 2009
1:24 PM

Post #6044159

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.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

January 24, 2009
1:37 PM

Post #6044183

I've been looking at nail guns... do you like your finish nailer? what kind is it?

(I also love that arbor!)

Thanks!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

January 24, 2009
4:50 PM

Post #6044905

I have a porter cable finish nailer 16 gauge and it is great . It really drives the nails in well. My last nailer lasted me 10 years before it broke down . it was almost the same as this one .

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2009
5:09 PM

Post #6045044

John, do you ever use those tenon makers?
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

January 24, 2009
5:29 PM

Post #6045150

Not for the type of work i do but i would like to try one sometime .

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2009
5:46 PM

Post #6045243

I was thinking of an arbor smaller than yours and thought I"d need to use tenons. but heck, if it works without, that's good too.

Have you though about writing a how-to book?
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

January 24, 2009
6:41 PM

Post #6045490

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 .

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2009
8:30 PM

Post #6045846

Wow, there's your cover shot right there!!
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

January 24, 2009
9:14 PM

Post #6046018

thank you for letting me know how ou attach everything and I have a nail gun which will come in handy do you bother to sink the heads of the screws
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2009
1:34 AM

Post #6046978

That is so beautiful - I want one. Mrs. Ed is right.

I have to say that I've been picking up B&B magazines looking for the article. I've so enjoyed it that I think I'll get a subscription. Looking forward to seeing your stuff, cranbrook.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

January 25, 2009
2:07 AM

Post #6047116

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.
UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 28, 2009
1:29 AM

Post #6059857

Critter,

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.

Janet
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

January 28, 2009
2:50 AM

Post #6060196

Janet, thanks for the recommendation! I'm willing to spend a bit more to get the "right" tool... and I'd rather use a power tool than a hand tool, most of the time!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

February 3, 2009
12:35 AM

Post #6085158

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
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 3, 2009
12:38 AM

Post #6085175

tools are personal preference some like certain brand names
pebble
Bodrum
Turkey
(Zone 10a)

February 4, 2009
6:10 PM

Post #6092650

You are very creative John. Good luck to you.
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 4, 2009
7:44 PM

Post #6093047

question do you sell the bird houses and how much I would love to have one
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

February 5, 2009
9:16 PM

Post #6098107

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 .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

February 5, 2009
9:19 PM

Post #6098115

Here is another picture . Also if you would like to see how the insides look just watch this short video .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwuJ7pv0vtE

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scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 5, 2009
9:24 PM

Post #6098136

I would just love to have one
do you think you could sell me, one of the smaller ones ?????

mona
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

February 5, 2009
9:43 PM

Post #6098231

I just sent you a message Mona .

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scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 5, 2009
10:53 PM

Post #6098555

thanks
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 25, 2009
10:24 PM

Post #6319377

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 .

bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

March 25, 2009
11:50 PM

Post #6319767

How exciting for you! Congratulations!

Brenda
Aunt_A


March 26, 2009
2:58 AM

Post #6320730

Hey John,

Thanks for letting us know.

Hope things are going very well for you.

Keep on making things!

April
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 26, 2009
3:06 AM

Post #6320764

Thanks John for letting us know, I'll jot that down on my calender. : ) I bet you are ready for Spring, huh?
~Lucy

cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 26, 2009
12:07 PM

Post #6321491

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

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 26, 2009
12:10 PM

Post #6321497

This is a picture of my new shop . I will take possession May 1 st .

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 26, 2009
12:10 PM

Post #6321498

Congrats! What about the Dog and Cats? Can they come along?
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

March 26, 2009
2:40 PM

Post #6322161

Nice! Congrats on your new home!
tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

March 26, 2009
2:45 PM

Post #6322177

What about the Arbor????Were you able to take with you.
Hope so..It is to neat to leave..Congrats on your new digs

Tubby

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 26, 2009
2:49 PM

Post #6322194

the arbor. the Man Cave Shed, the bird houses! Oy! Hope you have lots of friends!
tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

March 26, 2009
2:55 PM

Post #6322225

John you'll have to have Barbecue & Moving party..!!!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

March 26, 2009
2:56 PM

Post #6322230

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 .
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

March 26, 2009
4:12 PM

Post #6322576

Nice looking "digs". Hope the snow will be gone soon.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 14, 2009
8:41 PM

Post #6410072

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 )

Here is a schedule , it is on a few times including April 25 at 5 pm .
http://animal.discovery.com/tv-schedules/series.html?paid=15.803.126802.3796.2
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

April 14, 2009
9:05 PM

Post #6410192

Thanks for the reminder!
tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

April 14, 2009
10:09 PM

Post #6410509

Thanks..Now to remember..LOL

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

April 22, 2009
7:42 PM

Post #6448487

Drats, I missed it..let's hope they have re-runs..

Going back to check my Birds and Blooms..
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

April 22, 2009
8:39 PM

Post #6448777

The show will air one more time this saturday April 25 at 5 pm on Animal Planet .
I was also told that my article is out in the may issue of Birds and Blooms . Extra edition .
mimianvy
Beverly Hills, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2009
9:49 PM

Post #6462563

I'm watching your show right now!:)
UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 28, 2009
6:10 PM

Post #6475497

I recorded the show on my DVR and was glad I set it up the day before since I was out 4 wheeling when the show actually aired.

I watched it the next day and really enjoyed it John. Great job of showing off your incredible talent. Your bird hotels are absolutely awesome!!!

Janet
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

June 1, 2009
4:29 PM

Post #6626670

Hi everyone , For anyone who missed my Animal Planet show here it is .
http://animal.discovery.com/videos/most-outrageous-pet-digs/ (Bird Mansions )
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2009
4:50 AM

Post #6629533

Thanks for posting that... I did miss the show. Still loving your birdhouses! Fantastic!

Brenda
Aunt_A


June 10, 2009
11:02 PM

Post #6670282

Wow, John...I just watched your show on the link. That was a great Animal Planet show. I'm glad your work is getting attention.

Hope things go well for you!

April
planolinda
Plano, TX

June 11, 2009
11:05 PM

Post #6675126

i am so impressed with your work! thanks so much for posting the pictures
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 3, 2009
12:29 PM

Post #7020427

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 .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7zeJjtXofg

http://www.artisansofthevalley.com/blog/index.php/2009/08/extreme-bird-houses/

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20296436_20654879,00.html

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 3, 2009
12:30 PM

Post #7020429

Here are a few more

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 3, 2009
12:31 PM

Post #7020432

This was the article from Birds and Blooms

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 3, 2009
12:33 PM

Post #7020440

Here are some new ones just recently done .

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Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

September 3, 2009
2:20 PM

Post #7020695

Incredible as usual - thanks for posting the new ones.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 4, 2009
2:13 PM

Post #7024946

Thanks again Bubba !!
bjf826
panhandle, FL
(Zone 8b)

September 21, 2009
6:04 PM

Post #7088054

John, I never get tired of seeing your magnificent creations! Thank you for sharing them with us. Much continued success in your endeavors.

Barb
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 22, 2009
12:23 PM

Post #7091162

Thank you Barb !! I am working on a few new ones now . I will post a few new ones soon .
FlowerofScotland
North Port, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 22, 2009
12:47 PM

Post #7091218

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.

Annette.
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

September 22, 2009
4:30 PM

Post #7092004

Thank you Annette for the very nice comments . They are greatly appreciated !!
3909
stockholm
Sweden

August 9, 2010
6:57 AM

Post #8028500

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!!!!!!!!!!!
cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

August 11, 2010
6:05 PM

Post #8034421

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 .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

August 11, 2010
6:11 PM

Post #8034432

Now that i am in my new place i have put up all my large birdhouses .

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cranbrook2
Belgrave Ont
Canada

August 11, 2010
6:15 PM

Post #8034445

Here is my newest house , i just finished it this past weekend !
It is 7 ft tall by 5 ft wide .It has 38 rooms and a roof top pool .

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Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 11, 2010
10:10 PM

Post #8034815

WOW! They are all so fantastic! You are very skilled! What patience!

Jeanne
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

August 12, 2010
4:39 AM

Post #8035034

Glad to see you completed the move.

The birdhouses look great mounted where they can be used.

We will all want to see some "action" pictures next spring when some birds actually take up residence.

BTW - how do you clean them out between seasons?
planolinda
Plano, TX

August 12, 2010
6:05 AM

Post #8035124

i think a "bubba burger shack" extreme birdhouse would go very nice with your bubba shack!!
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

August 12, 2010
6:45 AM

Post #8035225

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.
planolinda
Plano, TX

August 12, 2010
7:00 AM

Post #8035259

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!!

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