It’s been five years since we moved on our farm and that first year was pretty quiet.
We focused our energy on establishing a large 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 even stayed. All varities of birds appeared 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 birdhouses 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.
Cutting Swirls using a Jigsaw
I’ve been taken away with swirl cutting recently. I do this using a jig saw and I’m thinking it would be much easier with a scroll saw.
If you stabilize the wood with a clamp the jigsaw works good but take note you’ll need a strong arm because one wrong move and you could easily cut yourself.
I always wear gloves when cutting wood as a reminder to stay focused.
This project was made from cedar scrap wood, it was a good choice for cutting swirls because it’s soft.
I began at one end and cut through, there’s no pattern to follow unless you draw one on the wood prior to cutting.
Sometimes I just like to work in the moment.
Assembly with finishing nails.
Once all the wood is cut it’s time to assemble the birdhouse with finishing nails, a few drilled holes for the final touches to hold 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 place in the garden but unfortunately during morning chores a pile of wood caught my attention and I started building again.
Birdhouses are just a fun thing to create and if you like this style then you may enjoy the step by step building plans for our red cardinal birdhouse here.
This one is a little boxy but just as fun with more ribbon details.