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Project by Greenthumb posted 01-09-2014 03:03 AM 2669 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cross posted several times but maybe not.

I found the copper roof in a garage sale, and it came off an old lamp post. The sticks are cedar and doweled/mortised into other wooden parts. The horse parts, its up-cycled from a fallen down barn : (

I call it “up cycling” an old cedar fence post

Its my eclectic addition of a bird feeder to a new backyard

an “all things in motion” project, from living plant into wood, and earth and steel, back into the very creatures that once nested in them. I like it a lot : )

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )



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Radicalfarmergal

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 01-10-2014 12:50 PM

Your feeder is lovely and so are your photos. The Bluejays and Cardinals look so bright and colorful against the snow; they are our winter flowers. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 01-10-2014 03:02 PM

Thanks. Even now, there are 4 cardinals, 5 jays, a dozen doves and countless little fellas

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Iris43

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 01-12-2014 04:42 PM

I really like your bird-feeder, Greenthumb. And obviously, so do the birds! With all the snow, ice and cold we are experiencing, the birds are very appreciative of the help they are receive when we keep the feeders filled. You have some wonderful pictures of them. I love to watch the birds at my feeders….so much more interesting than anything on TV. :D Thanks for sharing.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 01-13-2014 08:08 AM

oh my goodness!!!
photos: fantastic
birdhouse: awesome. .. love the mix of found treasures and the end result. Bravo.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Greenthumb

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posted 01-13-2014 02:21 PM

Agreed Iris, and thanks to you and Deb

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Rick Fillion

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 01-25-2014 08:00 PM

Amazing, creative, wonderful use of old used collectables. Sure beats the beautiful productions by the Amish. Form follows function, well the form is awesome and the proof that it functions, what a wonderful site of all the different birds you have attracted with your creation. I have always had this thing about bird houses and feeders, and this ranks the the tippity top. I am currently working on some houses , feeders, and baths myself, that I’m trying to cooperate some old items and natural tree branches to mount on. Heres a couple pictures of what I have come with. Of course when turning wood, they didn’t start out to be what they ended up. I think I am on the right track to produce a few and make a little more than 5.00 an hour. The feeder the top was first going to be a bowl of saplted maple which went beyond the bowl stage and I have had to stabilize. What I have done is for the roof I have inserted a 5/16” rood connector, in the bottom final the same. I drilled out the center post to allow the threaded rod to pass through. The bowl will hold almost 4 cups of water. The rod with the connectors tighten up nicely, causing the bowl to swell a little and hold water. Mounting can be done by hanging, I drilled a hole through the top cedar Finial or the bottom finial could receive another rod connecter, which could then be used to attach to a post or some old cattle and horse supplies which you used, which adds so much. I have a couple cattle pulls and think I’m going to produce a couple to mount on both sides and then can be hung or even attached to the corner of a building with a corner bracket an a block cut to attach to both. You have supplied me with a ton of ideas, as my imagination from an artistic stand point is very limited. Thanks and what a great job, as my Dad used to say while I was learning the trade The proof of the pudding is in the eating. You have the birds doing that, Great job, one you can call ONE of a KIND. Restored I will post pictures on a different site as this is my first time posting anything on Lumberjocks.

-- Rick, Bow N.H.

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Greenthumb

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posted 01-25-2014 11:09 PM

Thank you for the kind words ‘restored’

If I have inspired you, then for that reason alone, I have done something right : )

Best
GT

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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justjoel

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hardiness zone 7a

posted 02-24-2014 09:24 PM

Extremely cool, GT.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Bon

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 03-04-2014 03:16 PM

Love your feeder Greenthumb.Such rustic charm to it and I love the fact that you recycled everything.Nice job.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 03-06-2014 11:32 PM

JustJoel and Bon

Thank you for your kind words

: ))

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Rick Fillion

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 03-07-2014 02:33 AM

The days are still in the mid 20’s here in N.H. About 30 degrees below normal. Doesn’t feel like gardening weather. Everyone is out of wood pellets can’t heat the shop, could be making more bird houses

-- Rick, Bow N.H.

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Greenthumb

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posted 03-08-2014 11:56 PM

Rick

The snow is up way past my head and I’m 6’ 4” ….. worst winter in 30 years, but all this snow is going to melt, which should help the forest, the little creeks and rivers, maybe even raise the ever dropping great lake levels ?

I’m looking forward to spring as bird houses, bird feeders, bird baths, and bird house patio lanterns are my favourite thing to make

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Tony

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hardiness zone 9a

posted 06-12-2014 11:38 AM

After seeing that my buddy list grew a little today I decided to sit a spell and check out some of your projects.

Well I see that I have missed out on some very beautiful postings from you. I love this post! There is just something very special about watching the birds feeding in the snow. I miss spending time this way in the winter months when we lived in MA. But here in FL we enjoy a different life.

Thanks for Sharing!
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Tony

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posted 06-12-2014 11:45 AM

You may already know about this site. I use this site when I need little help with the birds. Lot’s of info here.
Enjoy! Sialis

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Greenthumb

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posted 06-16-2014 11:51 PM

Thank you Tony.
and thanks for the link to the website….. seems I am not the only one who has deemed house sparrows to be the single biggest ornithological disaster of the last and current century…… very bad bird

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Tony

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posted 06-17-2014 01:28 AM

Hi Greenthumb,
I learned about those very very bad English House Sparrows about 14 years ago. Sialis web site talked about making a trap house to catch them and exterminate them. I did that for a while and then we moved to FL. I haven’t seen an English House Sparrows here in the 11 years we have lived here, not to say they don’t have them here. I put them to sleep with ether then under water for a spell. It played on my feeling for a while but after I seeing a nest of bluebirds killed and thrown out of their nest and also a nest of robins killed the same way I had no problem eradicating the Sparrows in my yard, but only the English ones.

Invasive House Sparrow's this is a male.
Here’s The Story

Cheers,
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Greenthumb

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posted 06-18-2014 02:37 AM


worth saving

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Tony

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posted 06-18-2014 02:39 AM

Great photo Greenthumb, We love Bluebirds!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Greenthumb

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posted 06-18-2014 02:41 AM

growing up, is hard to do and gardening is way more fun in a healthy backyard

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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posted 06-18-2014 02:55 AM

hip birds

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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posted 06-18-2014 02:59 AM

at some point, only people make a difference

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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posted 06-18-2014 03:27 AM

future house sparrow hunter with a seat in the senate

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Greenthumb

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posted 06-18-2014 03:41 AM

sadly I will say that this beautiful bird will be dead by summers end, and so will it all its young

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Greenthumb

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posted 06-18-2014 04:00 AM

like the cane toad, it doesnt belong and other species are worth saving, the bluebird being just oner

the house sparrow has to go home : ))

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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posted 06-18-2014 04:05 AM

choices

pls make the right ones

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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