We’ve lived on our farm for five years and that first year was quiet. We focused on working the land; by establishing a garden, raising chickens, rabbits and cows. Moving forward was a lot of work, leaving little time anything else.
We noticed after that first year our hard work was benefiting the land, good wildlife began visiting and some stayed. All types of birds appeared, varieties like, red cardinals, blue birds, road runners, and mocking birds, Robert has even seen a few quail prior to raising our own.
Bird nests started showing up all over the farm and the next spring an array of birds surrounded. The music was mystical and pleasantly peaceful.
Gardeners can benefit from wild birds because they help deplete the bug population. Having a birdhouse available for them to occupy is like placing a welcome sign at the front door.
Yesterday creativity came knocking so I decided to build a little birdhouse from scrap wood. Later this month I’ll be giving this project away, that’s the fun part of building, sharing with others.
I was taken away with swirl cutting. This is a lot of fun if you’re comfortable using a jigsaw. You need a strong arm because one wrong move and you could easily cut yourself. I always wear gloves when cutting wood, they remind me to pay attention and stay focused.
This project was made from cedar scrap wood, we have plenty. It was a good choice for cutting swirls because it’s soft. I hold the wood with one hand and cut with the other. I begin at one end and cut through to the end, there is no pattern to follow; working in the element of surprise is sometimes best.
If you’re new to cutting wood with a jigsaw I would recommend building your strength and coordination by cutting straight lines first.
Practice until you feel comfortable with the wood and saw; cutting slow in the beginning is also smart.
Build the birdhouse with small nails, a few drilled holes for the finishing touches like the wire perch at the bottom and the ribbon. This house will make a nice presentation in someone’s backyard and a cozy home for the birds.
If you enjoyed today’s birdhouse let me know. My goal yesterday was to plant in the garden but unfortunately during morning chores a pile of wood caught my attention and I started building.
I don’t know why I like power tools, perhaps it’s because I’m creating in the moment that produces something to use. Do you build or is this something you would like to learn?