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Bird Houses by Nancy Malan on Butterworth
I use the high-end table saw my father bought in 1952 to cut scrap wood into components of a birdhouse. My designs are based on samples found on Google, E-Bay, Craigslist, with variations to make each house unique. I have yet to buy any lumber. The scraps I use are throwaways from construction sites, curbs, alleys, and neighbors emptying basements and garages. Most are oak, barn wood, cedar, ash, or a rare bit of chestnut. Such gifts of nature deserve a fate better than landfill.
I know little about birds; I just love making houses for them. Figuring out how each birdhouse will look–dimensions, shape, kind of wood, finish–and how to put it together with glue, screws, nails, latches, and hinges, is a rewarding pastime on days when it is too hot or too cold for outdoor adventures. I find the combined use of brain and hands to be challenging and satisfying.
I have no website, no Facebook account, and no Tweets–just a cellphone number, 202-306-2300. Text me if your homeless birds need accommodations. Prices range from forty to sixty-five dollars.
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Original Song = "Lessons Earned" Nathan Edelmann on Fessenden St.
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