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Hardwood Bird Feeders April 24, 2010

Filed under: 2009-2010 School Year — gardenexplorer1 @ 5:43 pm

We know spring is really here in the garden when we start to see songbirds doing aerial dogfights over mates in the air above the garden. Birds are gathering nesting material, hummingbirds are visiting our garden, and children are viewing the show.

Ms. Schultz’s students each made a beautiful hardwood bird feeder using scrap hardwood from Frost Lumber that had been precut in precise and easy-to-assemble kits by Liam’s dad, Jeremy, an architect by profession and a fine wood crafter by vocation. Five parents joined us to put the birdfeeders together with glue and nails. Here are the results! Birdfeeders can be sealed with nontoxic mineral oils, or simply hung up and left to age. Woods included in the scrap from Frost include Brazilian oak, red oak, ash, maple, and more, some of it cut into moldings. Frost sells scrap lumber on pallets for a very low price — for families that want to experiment with wood working at home!

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