Build Your Own Birdhouses and Feeders: From Simple, Natural Designs to Spectacular, Customized Houses and Feeders

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Local songbird populations are rapidly declining, and food, shelter and safe nesting areas are urgently needed. This remarkable book is packed with great ideas plus all the woodworking drawings and howto information needed for hobbyists and birders who want to build attractive birdhouses, feeders and nesting boxes that will attract birds.

Build Your Own Birdhouses and Feeders features a wide range of designs suitable for all skill levels and space limitations, from a very easy ...

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Overview

Local songbird populations are rapidly declining, and food, shelter and safe nesting areas are urgently needed. This remarkable book is packed with great ideas plus all the woodworking drawings and howto information needed for hobbyists and birders who want to build attractive birdhouses, feeders and nesting boxes that will attract birds.

Build Your Own Birdhouses and Feeders features a wide range of designs suitable for all skill levels and space limitations, from a very easy box feeder for a small balcony to the challenge of a magnificent bird mansion for a large garden. The 25 projects appeal to a variety of tastes, ranging from a traditional Victorian townhouse, to a tonguein-cheek Wild West saloon, to a medieval tournament tent.

Each project includes:

  • Detailed designs with acolor photo of the finished item
  • Easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations
  • Enlarged and technical diagrams in color
  • List of recommended materials
  • Advice on choosing a location for best results.

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Editorial Reviews

Wildlife Activist
If you enjoy woodworking and birds, this book offers you plenty of projects.
— Dan R. Kunkle
Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal
A helpful how-to book... plenty of photos for illustrations and drawings showing cutting and building techniques.
— Linda Turk
Country Accents
Step-by-step instructions and photos... information on encouraging birds to visit... will be equally at home as fanciful decorations.
North Shore News (North Vancouver)
You will soon find yourself building a variety of shapes and sizes to make your backyard and perfect resting place.
— Terry Peters
Muskoka Today (Gravenhurst ON)
Step-by-step illustrations, creative touches and good basic bird-friendly designs for the do-it-yourselfer, the bird lover and the woodworker.
— Lois Cooper
WoodCentral.com
To share with children or beginning woodworkers, this is one of the best of the many birdhouse books available.
— Barb Siddiqui
Wildlife Activist - Dan R. Kunkle
If you enjoy woodworking and birds, this book offers you plenty of projects, from basic bluebird boxes to log cabins, covered wagons, and pagoda feeders.
Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal - Linda Turk
A helpful how-to book... plenty of photos for illustrations and drawings showing cutting and building techniques.
North Shore News (North Vancouver) - Terry Peters
Perkins provides clear instructions on how to build a simple feeder all the way to elaborate multi-level birdhouses that will make your fly-in guests the envy of the local feathered scene.... You will soon find yourself building a variety of shapes and sizes to make your backyard and perfect resting place.
Muskoka Today - Lois Cooper
Step-by-step illustrations, creative touches and good basic bird-friendly designs for the do-it-yourselfer, the bird lover and the woodworker.
WoodCentral.com - Barb Siddiqui
For some fun, quick projects and lots of ideas to share with children or beginning woodworkers, this is one of the best of the many birdhouse books available.
Absolutely fun... quick projects and lots of ideas to share with children or beginning woodworkers, this is one of the best of the many birdhouse books available.
This book is absolutely fun.... For some fun, quick projects and lots of ideas to share with children or beginning woodworkers, this is one of the best of the many birdhouse books available.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552091357
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/15/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 540,197
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

John Perkins is an architectural design technician with a background in model-making as well as furniture and product design. A contributor to leading woodworking magazines and the author of several books, he is a technical and advertising consultant for leading tool companies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Making Wooden Birdhouses, Tables and Feeders

Birdhouse Projects
- Hollow Log
- Flowerpots
- Triangular Box
- Basic Boxes
- Garden Shed
- Mexican Mission
- Log Cabin
- Waterwheel
- Mailboxes
- Covered Wagon
- Lamp House
- Beach Hut
- Country Cottage
- Medieval Tournament Tent
- Witch's House
- Duck House
- Purple Martin Condo
- Dovecote
- Old Schoolhouse

Bird Feeder Projects
- Old Tools
- Triple Decker
- Flat Tree Feeder
- Scales
- Pagoda
- Natural Branch
- Clock Tower

Further Reading and Acknowledgments
Index

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Preface

Introduction

There are two good reasons for encouraging birds to feed in your garden. One is to help counteract the effect that modern urbanization has had on their natural habitats and feeding habits, in a small way redressing the balance so to speak. The second is purely selfish, and embraces the enjoyment, pleasure and relaxation that watching their colorful rituals, displays, and antics can bring to the keen birder, gardener, or householder alike.

But, to encourage birds in your garden, you must offer them something in return, their most obvious needs being food and water. If you can also provide somewhere safe for them to raise their young or shelter when the weather's bad, then they will learn to feel safe in your garden.

This book is intended for those practical people who enjoy creating something just a little different: feeders, bird tables, and nesting boxes that will help you to introduce you to a new and worthwhile interest, while at the same time involving you in a fascinating and rewarding pastime.

The projects range from basic and simple feeders to decorative and more ornate birdhouses. Each is designed to enhance your garden or yard, each animated by the birds' natural ability to fly.

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Introduction

Introduction

There are two good reasons for encouraging birds to feed in your garden. One is to help counteract the effect that modern urbanization has had on their natural habitats and feeding habits, in a small way redressing the balance so to speak. The second is purely selfish, and embraces the enjoyment, pleasure and relaxation that watching their colorful rituals, displays, and antics can bring to the keen birder, gardener, or householder alike.

But, to encourage birds in your garden, you must offer them something in return, their most obvious needs being food and water. If you can also provide somewhere safe for them to raise their young or shelter when the weather's bad, then they will learn to feel safe in your garden.

This book is intended for those practical people who enjoy creating something just a little different: feeders, bird tables, and nesting boxes that will help you to introduce you to a new and worthwhile interest, while at the same time involving you in a fascinating and rewarding pastime.

The projects range from basic and simple feeders to decorative and more ornate birdhouses. Each is designed to enhance your garden or yard, each animated by the birds' natural ability to fly.

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