I know–birdhouses?! I somehow happened onto Ted’s work, and was taken by the wonderful wooden and metal sculptures he creates. ‘Arts and Crafts/Craftsman’, ‘Rustic’, ‘Art Deco’, ‘Japanese’ styles, among others.
All the wood and metal is found on farms near his home in Kansas. “This is a functional and ornithologically correct birdhouse whose interior space and portal size are designed to serve bluebirds, tree swallows and flycatchers (it might also attract hairy woodpeckers and yelow-bellied sapsuckers depending on the location). The metal portal protector discourages larger birds and predators from enlarging the entrance. It has a rear clean-out hatch, copper-lined ventilation holes on five sides of the body and under the roof and a drain hole in the floor, as well as notches on the inside front wall to aid fledglings as they exit the nest.”
“I have always loved making things with my hands, have long believed in the arts and crafts philosophy that human hands, with all their imperfections, are more spiritual than machines, and have discovered that building from vintage, reclaimed materials everyday domestic objects that are useful, architecturally interesting, and aesthetically pleasing gives me great satisfaction.”
“It allows me to express myself artistically, recycle beautifully aged materials that would otherwise go unseen, and serve the needs of multiple communities, birds and birdwatchers among these.”
“I go to my work with pride and enthusiasm, seek to learn something new with the creation of each work, strive to improve my wood and metal working skills, and look for beauty in combinations of the form, texture and color of the materials.”