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    During this time of isolation, I finished 4 Miniature Birdhouses. The patterns are by Diana Thompson. The birdhouses are made from Ash and the little birds from Purpleheart.
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    Denny
    ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN

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    Looking good! I love these patterns.

    I have the same set of patterns and am in the middle of cutting more of them out for this year. I am using cedar, pine, and bought a small block of sycamore wandering thru Rockler a few weeks ago. The sycamore looks a little plain so I probably won't be using that wood again. I hand pick the pine at a local big box and look for a 2x4 that when cut carefully can look like quarter sawed wood. Also, I find I have to be careful when gluing the pattern so that the best looking grain is on the front side of the pattern.

    I made over 25 of these last year out of pine and cedar. I was given a block of figured cedar and they looked beautiful. I cut the birds out of basswood and hand painted them with craft paint. ( It almost took more time to cut the birds and paint them than to do the bird houses. I also cut some of the birds with a peak and painted them like cardinals and blue birds. I actually ran out of these and was asked for more.) I sold these at a community craft fair and they went really well at $12. Probably should have charged a little bit more but didn't want to get greedy.

    I posted a photo of my last years production last fall. If any want to see it again let me know.
    Virgil

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    • #3
      Denny
      I just took a look at what I wrote a little while ago and feel that I owe you and everyone else on this forum an apology. After acknowledging your project, I took off and started writing about my own project. I feel that if I wanted to do that I should start my own post. I feel that what I did distracted from your work. Sorry!
      Virgil

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      • #4
        Originally posted by vgraf View Post
        Denny
        I just took a look at what I wrote a little while ago and feel that I owe you and everyone else on this forum an apology. After acknowledging your project, I took off and started writing about my own project. I feel that if I wanted to do that I should start my own post. I feel that what I did distracted from your work. Sorry!
        Virgil
        Thanks Virgil. No apology needed. I like reading about how others modify their projects. Painting the little birds is going that extra step.
        Denny
        ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN

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        • #5
          Nice assortment Denny, they are fun to make! Our club members call compound cutting the scrollers crack habit.
          For the most part I have used the small mushroom birds, but that was mostly on turned bird houses. For the scrolled birds I like to do a bit of shaping. Yes I am nuts.
          Rolf
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rolf View Post
            Nice assortment Denny, they are fun to make! Our club members call compound cutting the scrollers crack habit.
            For the most part I have used the small mushroom birds, but that was mostly on turned bird houses. For the scrolled birds I like to do a bit of shaping. Yes I am nuts.
            Thanks Rolf. They are habit forming, but never heard of “scrollers crack habit”.

            Shaping is that extra that sets them above.
            Denny
            ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN

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            • #7
              We must all be nuts then.as we all do something extra. But I'm usually called crazy. Oh well. Last year I didn't do too many birdhouses or angels. Guess what people wanted? Yep. Birdhouses and Angels. Getting a head start on things this year as crafters aren't allowed at the farmers market until this is over. Also doing slotted ornaments for something different to do.I have lots to do as I sold out most everything last year. Doing different things since I have the time.
              Betty

              "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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