J.R. Williams, fabulous photographer, retired contractor, and woodworker, brought 2 of his handcrafted birdhouses to (Pelican Island) Audubon House on Tuesday, August 18, and installed them. The birdhouses — a wren house and a bluebird house — were built from birdhouse plans available on the Cornell Labs website. J.R. built these 2 beautiful birdhouses using vintage hand tools which he collects.
He installed the beautifully decorated (blue) wren house at the entrance to the Audubon House trail in the midst of verdant vegetation.
The bluebird house now graces the cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto) nearest to the south side of the Audubon house near where a red-bellied woodpecker attempted to enlarge the entry hole of another bird house. Audubon House does not have appropriate habitat for bluebirds, and we hope that the woodpecker will return to enlarge the entrance hole on the new birdhouse.
J.R. hastened to install the bluebird houses as stormy skies loomed with the help of a power (screwdriver) tool. He came fully prepared with hardware, tools, an electric cord, a step ladder, a level and, of course, his construction skills …
Fashioned of pine, the bluebird house will ‘weather’ wonderfully with the passage of time. Note its wooden pegs and hand-crafted construction.
While he used a modern tool & hardware for installation, J.R. used only his vintage tools to create the bluebird house and wren house that he donated and installed at Audubon House.