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Bring a Bit of Old-World Charm into Your Yard!
North America's Master Thatcher, Colin McGhee, shows you how to make charming and functional birdhouses and feeders using simplified thatch-roof techniques, basic woodworking skills, and decorative painting touches.
Explore the fascinating history and techniques of thatch and create beautiful thatched-roof feeders and birdhouses designed to fit the specific needs and preferences of some of your favorite backyard birds.
* Learn which reeds and grasses in your area are perfect for thatching
* Create thatched houses for bluebirds, chickadees, wrens, owls, and even bats and butterflies
* Build a thatched bird feeder for all your backyard birds
* Cover store-bought feeders with thatch to make them something special
Includes advice on designing, selecting natural materials, assembling, and detailing functional and fun feeders and housing for bluebirds, chickadees, wrens, and more.
About the Author
Colin McGhee started thatching at the age of 16 in Essex, England. At the age of 25, he became the youngest thatcher ever to win the Master Thatcher's Cup. He then moved to the United States, where he has thatched roofs for the Jamestown Settlement, the Bronx Zoo, and numerous individuals. He has written the Storey title Rustic Birdhouses and Feeders. He now lives in Virginia.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Thatching: Not Just for the Birds
Chapter 2: Getting Started: Materials, Equipment and Techniques
Chapter 3: Learning to Thatch
Chapter 4: Thatched Bird Feeder
Chapter 5: Chickadee Box
Chapter 6: Screech Owl House
Chapter 7: Bat Box
Chapter 8: Bluebird Box
Chapter 9: Nuthatch Celtic Cottage
Chapter10: Tudor Wren House
Chapter 11: Butterfly House
Chapter 12: Thatched Mailbox