Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bird Houses

Happy Colorful Boyd Abodes

Bird Houses

June 17, 2012 is when I started making.  I told my wife after a failed attempt at publishing a home improvement magazine in Evanvsville I was going to make a living making bird houses.  Being the best wife in the world (no prompting needed), she said "okay".  My first bird houses were made from the knotty pine that covered my foundation walls.  Being a purist at the time, I used no paint.  I treated each bird house with raw linseed oil.  The boiled linseed oil has metal flakes to help it dry and poison birds.

After a five year hiatus from making bird houses, I started again with a new approach.  I decided to add color and some happiness to the homes.
Sunny Day with Happy Flowers
Blue Olive Martini Bird House

Happy Posy Bird House
American Pride Bird House

Rain Drops and Stripes
Butterfly Bird House

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fertility Rabbit

The fertility rabbits are cut from poplar floor joists from 1897.  After they are cut out, they are sanded smooth, painted, and finally burnished for a super shimmery and smooth surface.  Each rabbit sits around ten inches tall.  These pieces would look good in a country home, contemporary or modern home.  The finish is smooth and warm and adds a certain rural charm to any space.  These would make a great wedding gift for those looking to conceive soon.

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Natural Fertility Bunny
red wood rabbit, folk art rabbit
Red Fertility Bunny

Last Years Bench

Horse Bench For People

Here is a bench I built last summer.  I wanted to add some kind of cool finish to the piece and it took me close to a year to create this new folksy finish.  This horse bench for people has three horses starting on a run.  I will be creating more of these benches with different themes.
The best part about the horse bench for people is it sold in less than a day.
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Horse Bench for people

Country Farm Blocks - Pigs, Chickens, Cows, Rabbits and Horses

Folk Art, Primitive, Country Warm Art

 Block Wood Farms - These pieces were created from shelves from my "Stalker" van.  To create these pieces, I had to disassemble the shelves, trim the edges off, cut to 6x8 rectangles, sand five years of dirt off of them.  Sand all eight sides and then stain them black ebony.  The intension with the stain was to allow some of the original redwood stain maintain visibility.   Then each block was stenciled with three layers of paint which started with black to gray to white.  Each wood block is finished with polyurethane for protection and easy cleaning.  Haddad Art's stalker van is shown below.

Pigs, Rabbits, Horses, Chickens and Cows

Chicken and Cow
Horsing Around

Pig, Sitting Bunny and Running Rabbit
 Haddad Art Stalker Van as my wife calls it.  She is a beast, but hauls a ton of stuff to art shows
Stalker Van