I find myself on quite a birdhouse kick lately--and it is showing up in everything from my whimsical birdhouse cushion
to this simple little painted cutie above. I have a birdhouse wallhanging in the works at the moment, and there are a couple of unfinished wooden birdhouses sitting in my workroom that are patiently awaiting embellishment. Oh, the possiblities.
According to his website biography, "Tom Burke spent 25 years building custom homes with his father in Delaware. He still builds houses but now his business card reads: “Builder of Fine Bird Homes.”
Burke combines his craftsman’s skills with an artistic bent to create replicas of historic buildings or a client’s home. “These birdhouses are whimsical, not architectural reproductions,” says Burke, whose custom work can be spotted in yards all around Wilmington."
His fanciful creations depict everything from Martha Stewart's Bedford, NY home to George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch and can take months to make--and can come with a price tag of upwards of $20,000. They truly are miniature works of art, and it is well worth watching the interview here on the CBS website
It is when I see amazingly detailed and intricate woodworking projects that I regret never learning how to construct things with saws and nails... I may just have to take a course of some sort, because I am quite intrigued at the possiblity of a project like this!
I hope you're all staying safe during this crazy weather we're having--I was horrified and saddened to see the breaking news of the Oklahoma tornadoes just this afternoon, as I have been through natural disasters (several times, in fact), and I am well acquainted with the sick feeling of resignation that comes when the evacuation siren starts up and you see danger advancing. There is nothing to do but round up the things that mean most to you--usually people and pets--and head to a place of safety.
My heart is with any of you who have been affected.