10/31/09 12:30AM ATZ:
Listings updated again.
Only one still available at this time are: 7
The last one! You want it, you know you do!
I have the following reserved:
#1 Mensley (confirmed)
#2, 20 Janiece (confirmed)
#3 Nick from the OC (confirmed)
#4 Joe (Confirmed)
#6 Melissa (confirmed)
#8 Cass_M (confirmed)
#9 Nzforme (confirmed)
#10 Kelly (confirmed)
#11 Karl (confirmed)
#12 Mike (confirmed)
#13 USAF Wench (Confirmed)
#14 Chris Gerrib (confirmed)
#15 Lauren (confirmed)
#16, #18 Nocurling (confirmed)
# 17 AnonGF (confirmed)
#19, #22 Pam Adams (confirmed)
#21 AIM (confirmed)
Update: Everybody who has reserved a birdhouse has confirmed via email. Electronic invoices have gone out via email to everybody, you should have gotten yours by now. If you didn't, let me know, and I'll send you another one. About half of you have paid, thank you very much. That rest of you deadbeats...ur, I mean honored customers and beloved readers, cough it up.
Packages will go out Monday. Everything ships via USPS priority mail. That’s usually the best and least expensive route out of Alaska. And you get your unique handmade genuine Jim Wright work of art in about 3 days (if you’re in the lower 48. If you’re in Canada or some other strife torn socialist nightmare with universal healthcare, the metric system, and happy people, it could take longer just on principle). If the post doesn’t work for you, let me know before you submit payment – because if you want it UPS or FEDEX it’s going to cost more. Probably a lot more. Alaska is far, far away from you, in another country, on another planet. Really.
And I'll be in the shop, making more.
As promised, birdhouses.
The previous batch of birdhouses I made were turned from exotic hardwoods, mostly South American. This time I moved north of the equator. Most of the wood in this batch is native to North America – though I did use some Brazilian Rosewood and Jacaranda for accents in several pieces.
As before, If you would like one – so state in the comments. Each one is numbered. First come, first served, note in the comments section which one you want by number. Put your selection on the first line of the comment, for example: “#59, please,” so that everybody can see which ones are taken. Periodically I’ll try to update the post, but I expect to be busy as hell tomorrow and may not get to it. Again first person to comment gets the piece. One each. If they don’t all go, you may have two or more. I’ll let you know when.
As always, I prefer PayPal. If that doesn’t work for you and you just have to have one of my birdhouses, email me and we’ll make alternate arrangements.
I’ll post a summary of who gets what. Once that’s up, send me your email address and I’ll send you a PayPal enabled invoice. Note: you don’t have to have a PayPal account to use the electronic payment method.
I know, one of these days I’m going to have to come up with a better method for doing this, today is not that day.
There will be more. I have plenty more stock, and plenty more on order. Figure about every two weeks I’ll have about twenty or so – depending on how much other work I have to do. Prices are determined by the cost of the wood, and how much effort went into the piece. I’m trying to create a range of prices, so that everybody can afford something, and I’m trying to keep prices as absolutely low as I can afford.
Shipping and handling for all pieces is $10. If you end up with more than one, I’ll combine them in the same package, S&H in that case is still $10.
As before, though I consider each piece a unique work of the woodturner’s art, each birdhouse is fully functional and can be hung out of doors for small nesting birds. They are finished in bird safe oils and waxes, but they will fade over time if hung outside in the elements. They are wood, they will weather – it’s OK, I’ll be happy to sell you a replacement each season. I’ll include a card with each birdhouse telling you how to care for them.
Birdhouse #1: Walnut and Birch. $50
The body is American Walnut, dense, rich, and hard. The cap and perch are made from white birch colored with red aniline dye. I’ve been experimenting with dyed woods lately, mostly for bowl turning and I had a batch of red dye made up. I thought the color made a interesting contrast. I may do more of this style in the future.
Birdhouse #2: Walnut and Jacaranda. $60
The body is American Walnut, the cap, skirt, and perch are Jacaranda, a beautiful South American hardwood.
Birdhouse #3: Cedar and Oak. $60
Sold: Nick from the OC
The body is red cedar, and the cap and perch are white oak. The hanging finial is made with a captive ring (a free ring of wood, held held captive on the spindle – something all woodturners love to make, some with greater success than others).
Birdhouse #4: Walnut, Jacaranda, and Birch. $60
The body is American walnut, the cap and skirt are Jacaranda, and the upper and lower finials are Alaskan birch.
Birdhouse #5: Walnut and Oak. $35
The body is American walnut, and the cap and perch are red oak. This is a small, simple design. The wood of the bottom and finial is highly polished – unusual for natural walnut.
Birdhouse #6: Walnut and Jacaranda. $40
The body is American walnut, the cap and perch are jacaranda. The cap on this one is a bit different, it’s a square bowl type turning – what turners call a knuckle buster, because the square corners will give you one hell of a clout if you’re not paying strict attention. This one is blood free, no worries.
Birdhouse #7: Walnut and oak. $40
The body is American walnut, the cap and perch are red oak.
Birdhouse #8: Walnut and oak. $40
The body is American walnut, the cap and perch are red oak. This piece of walnut, like the one in #5, comes from a knotted area of the original walnut slab I cut the blanks from. The grain is dense and strange and dark and highly polished.
Birdhouse #9: Cedar and Oak. $45
The body is aromatic red cedar, the kind of wood they make cedar chests from – the whole shop smells like cedar when I’m turning it. Cedar is a type of Juniper, and this wood came from the Great Lakes region. It’s some of the most beautiful cedar I’ve ever seen. The cap and perch are hard red oak. There is a small captive ring on the hanging finial.
Birdhouse #10: Cedar and oak. $40
Red Cedar, red oak. This one sort of reminds me of those old water towers that used to sit alongside the rail lines.
Birdhouse #11: Cedar and oak, with a rosewood perch. $35
The hanging finial on this one is called an acorn turning, for what should be rather obvious reasons.
Birdhouse #12: Cedar and oak. $40
Birdhouse #13: Cedar and oak, with a walnut perch. $40
Sold: USAF Wench
Birdhouse #14: Cedar and oak, with rosewood perch. $40
Sold: Chris Gerrib
Birdhouse #15. Cedar and oak. $40
Birdhouse #16. Walnut and oak. $40
Birdhouse #17. Sassafras and rosewood. $40
The body is sassafras, an aromatic tree that grows around the great lakes region and in parts of the North Eastern US and Canada. The wood is dense, yet light – and the roots smell wonderful. The roots and bark are used for tea, and to scent soap and candles. I used to love the smell of sassafras when I was growing up in western Michigan. I love the golden yellow of the sassafras wood. The cap and perch are Brazilian rosewood for contrast.
Birdhouse #18. Sassafras and birch. $40
The body is sassafras, the cap is dyed white birch. I thought the vibrant green was a excellent compliment to the gold of the sassafras. Again, I will do more of this style, if people are interested. This is another acorn turning.
Birdhouse #19. Sassafras and Brazilian rosewood. $35
Sold: Pam Adams
Birdhouse #20: Sassafras and Brazilian rosewood. $35
Birdhouse #21. Sassafras and Brazilian rosewood. $40
Birdhouse #22: Sassafras and Brazilian rosewood. $25.
Sold: Pam Adams
I’ve marked this one down significantly. There’s nothing out and out wrong with it, but the sassafras was cut from near the heartwood and it has grayed a bit. Frankly I don’t think the color is all that great.
Twenty two. And that’s going to do it for this batch. Hope you like them.