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Birdhouses, Boxes & Feeders for the Backyard Hobbyist: 19 Fun-to-Build Projects for Attracting Birds to Your Backyard

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Build a bird-friendly backyard!

  • 19 projects, appropriate for any skill level, from beginners to expert woodworkers
  • Introduction to woodworking, a rewarding and environmentally sound hobby
  • Over 300 photographs, diagrams, step-by-step instructions, and easy-to-follow text
  • Helpful hints on siting and construction, attracting birds, feeding, nesting, and predators
  • Create bird-watching opportunities in your own backyard with this guide to building bird nesting boxes and feeders

Whether you are a woodworker who loves birds, or a birdwatcher who wants to create a wildlife-friendly habitat, this book will show you environmentally sound ways to enhance any garden by attracting birds!

Making your own bird boxes and feeders is a rewarding way to upgrade any outdoor space by attracting birds to your own backyard, patio, or garden. By providing food and nest sites for birds, you and your family can enjoy their antics and behavior, as well as provide a valuable service for the birds themselves. In winter, the food we supply can mean the difference between life and death for small birds. In spring and summer, birdhouses and bird boxes can help many species raise their families. We can watch and learn all year round.

Inside Birdhouses, Boxes & Feeders for the Backyard Hobbyist, woodworking experts Alan and Gill Bridgewater have teamed up with ornithologist Stephen Moss to produce a range of boxes and feeders designed to meet the needs of birds and enhance your garden. Information on box and feeder siting, appropriate food, types of nest box, and the birds you can expect to see, is featured alongside everything that you need to know about suitable woods, necessary tools and materials, and construction techniques. 19 projects, beautifully illustrated with photographs and diagrams, offer concise step-by-step instructions and are suitable for novice and experienced woodworkers alike. The boxes and feeders are designed to provide safe places for birds to feed, shelter, roost, or nest.

For woodworkers, bird watchers, environmentalists, and anyone who wants to attract birds to their garden, this book is an invaluable source of information. Learn how to build 19 fun projects, including:

  • Bluebird House
  • Bark Bat Box
  • Small Raptor Box
  • Edwardian-Style Dovecote
  • Japanese Birdbath
  • Brainteaser Feeder
  • Oriole Wishing Well Feeder
  • Squirrel-Proof Feeder
  • Traditional Suet Feeder
  • ...and more!

Experience both the joy of working with wood and the delight of enticing birds into your yard, with Birdhouses, Boxes & Feeders for the Backyard Hobbyist!


Our Promise To You.

If it is for sale in our store -- it is because we use it and love it!

We are happy to share our experiences with these tools which may enhance your own. Given care, maintenance, and love, each of these fine tools is capable of lasting a lifetime. We do limit warranties to those offered by our supplying manufacturers. If ever you have a question or concern regarding any of the tools we sell, please let us know.

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These tools, toys and supplies are in constant use by our students, timber framing crews, and family. At Shelter Tools, we have a working knowledge of every product we sell. Graduates will find particular items recommended in class and on site.


If you don't see the tools or items you need, we can find it for you. Write us or call us anytime.