|One of fun things to do
with gourd birdhouses is to gift them to friends and family. Below
are some of the birdhouses used in exchanges or made their way to family members.
||In the year 2001, I
made this rustic, western-style birdhouse for an exchange I was participating
in. The theme is adobe structure. The flush features are pyroengraved
(hot tip pen) in. The ladder by the door is handmade from simple twigs
I gathered from my daily walks. Same for the supportive crosspieces
At closeup you can see how the jute is crisscrossed. The chile pepper ristra is handmade from paper clay and silk leaves. The fronds pyroengraved at the apex are simulating mesquite leaves.
||This colorful decorative birdhouse
is from 1997. It found its way to a friend's mother.
Features: pyroengraved, painted, and gold gilt work.
(Note that the portal is not in the right spot for a functional birdhouse. This was decorative for indoor use only.)
||Using store-bought features can
add a whimsical touch, like these two signs hanging over the portal.
-- "For Wrent" --
-- "Welcome" --
And of course,
-- "No crows allowed." --