Local songbird populations are rapidly declining, and food, shelter and safe nesting areas are urgently needed. This remarkable book is packed with great ideas plus all the woodworking drawings and howto information needed for hobbyists and birders who want to build attractive birdhouses, feeders and nesting boxes that will attract birds.
Build Your Own Birdhouses and Feeders features a wide range of designs suitable for all skill levels and space limitations, from a very easy box feeder for a small balcony to the challenge of a magnificent bird mansion for a large garden. The 25 projects appeal to a variety of tastes, ranging from a traditional Victorian townhouse, to a tonguein-cheek Wild West saloon, to a medieval tournament tent.
Each project includes:
- Detailed designs with acolor photo of the finished item
- Easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations
- Enlarged and technical diagrams in color
- List of recommended materials
- Advice on choosing a location for best results.
See how easy it is to build your own backyard oasis.
Outdoor carpentry projects using cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated pine are perfect for Do-It-Yourselfers of all skill levels, since the materials are easy to work with, and the results are rewarding. Enjoy outdoor furnishings you can create yourself. Items made with quality materials last much longer and cost less, in the long run, than off-the-shelf items. With classic swings for kids and adults, arbors for gardeners and even a table that folds, there's something in The Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry for everyone Over three dozen projects are included, ranging from seating, entertaining, recreational and storage, to overheads and arbors. New projects, unique to this edition, include: 5-board bench, picnic table, folding table, outdoor occasional table, deck-railing planter, window box, Arts-and-Crafts mahogany gate, sheltered swing, outdoor serving cart, arbor and garden bridge. All the projects within this book can be built in a weekend with ordinary power hand tools and materials available at any local home center or hardware store. Each project has complete construction plans and directions for foolproof results--so jump right in and make your backyard unique
This easy-to-follow manual contains simple instructions and illustrations for building 12 feeders in classic and contemporary designs. Suitable for space ranging in size from large suburban yards to tiny apartment terraces, these structures include a near-ground feeder, a hanging cardinal feeder, a post/hanging thistle feeder, a weathervane feeder, an acrylic pyramid, a five-position multispeed feeder, a traditional chalet-style feeder, and more.
Easy-to-Make Bird Feeders for Woodworkers also describes construction materials and basic tools, explains how to work with glass and plastic, provides construction tips, suggests design features (single-perch, multiple-perch, and open-style feeders); discusses food-dispersal systems, the size and shape of seed openings, ways to protect food from weather spoilage and even how to make your feeder squirrel-proof.
You'll also find a wealth of helpful information on common avian species, do-it-yourself food-source recommendations, special dietary requirements of the hummingbird, how to attract birds you want, how to select a site, how to hang and support the feeder, and more.
Enhanced by numerous diagrams, detailed illustrations, and nine tables (with lumber sizes, birds' food preferences, etc.), this modestly priced how-to book invites woodworkers at all levels of expertise to build attractive and inexpensive feeders that will be a pleasure to create and delightfully rewarding to watch.
Maximize your outdoor living spaces through creative woodworking
Today's challenging economic climate has motivated many homeowners to stay in their current homes rather than upgrade, and this has sparked a major trend in what is often called the "don't move: improve " movement. By putting a small amount of money (and some time) into sprucing-up your backyard, you can create a veritable oasis with the projects in this book. Not only can these projects improve quality of life, but building them can also be a great financial decision.
Backyard Projects for Today's Homestead includes:
- 20 illustrated step-by-step projects that are within the skill level of beginning woodworkers
- Information on choosing durable materials, working with reclaimed lumber, applying finishes appropriate for outdoor wear
- More than just outdoor furniture - includes chicken coops, decking, gates, etc
What distinguishes art from craft? Since the traditional answer skews utilitarian and hinges on an object's 'use value ' musical instruments are typically grouped into the latter category. This is a grave oversight. In The Invisible Line: When Craft Becomes Art, seven West Coast artisans discuss their work and make the case for curatorial inclusion of instruments (and other "primitives") alongside the finest sculptures, etchings, paintings, and pastels the world's museums have to offer. Conceived and edited by Larry Robinson, the man behind The Art of Inlay: Design and Technique for Fine Woodworking, The Invisible Line consists of seven lavishly self-illustrated essays penned by self-employed, practicing artisans (rather than academics, art historians, journalists, or critics) at the height of their careers. Whether you're a a practicing musician, an art aficionado, a luthier or woodworker, or an everyday person with an affinity for the aesthetically pleasant, this gorgeous volume is sure to awe and inspire.
Create astonishing artwork with crayons
Crayons aren't just for kids anymore Sculptors use them whole, bundling thousands of crayons to create environmental and installation-size sculptures. Carvers pierce and reshape crayons with scalpels, turning them into mini totems, helixes, and portrait busts. Landscape and still-life artists layer crayon shades in works on paper that rival paintings in their subtlety and depth. What will you do?
The Art of Crayon will guide you through a gallery of works by contemporary artists who use crayons as a diverse and dynamic medium. Each chapter includes a specific style of crayon artwork, complete with engaging projects from author Lorraine Bell to help you learn different techniques. From sculpture, to carving, to melted wax and drawing, you'll soon become a master crayon artist
REDO OR NEW? GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME
Author Chris Gleason designs and builds kitchens for a living. In Kitchen Makeovers For Any Budget he offers his advice and how-to knowledge to help you make the correct decisions about whether to re-face or paint your present kitchen cabinets, add new appliances and cabinets, redo the workflow, move walls, etc.
Kitchen Makeovers For Any Budget includes four complete remodeling projects; each one deals with a particular aspect of demolition, design and/or accessorizing. The companion DVD focuses on the design, workflow and accessories available to maximize your space and provide convenient storage solutions.