Creative Outlet

Ever feel like taking a break from life?  Things are pressing you down a bit, so you need a new perspective?  It’s those times, that it’s good to get out and fill the mind with something constructive, new, maybe even inventive.

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We decided to take a ‘break’, and do something creative and fun…. so why not build birdhouses.

plasmacut_IR.jpg  Plasma cutting metal

Birdhouses are an easy creative outlet.  They can be made of anything – wood or metal… and be of any size or shape.

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With a little ingenuity, a few tools, some time and patience, one can build anything one sets their mind to.   We find ourselves proving that time and again.

anglegrind_IR.jpg  Angle grinding fronts

With a dash of creativity one can use just about anything to make something extraordinary.

braiseshutters_IR.jpg Braising on ‘shutters’ from antique chain link

In the end, something special can be created from nothing, if we just feed our imagination and give ourselves time to flourish.

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Never underestimate our own power to surprise even ourselves and others with perseverance, determination, and shear will power.  Stay the course, be strong, and good things will come.

bluhous_IR.jpgFinish birdhouse – full of character and rustic charm

 

Bird House Condo

What do you think of when you think of retirement?  Relaxing?  Golf?  Travel?   Not having to work!

For me, it is doing exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it.  Not having to report to someone else or appease another for the sake of work.  These days I surround myself with people I want to be around and do the projects, travel, and hobbies that we enjoy doing.

Since retirement, we have worked harder than we did at work… and not pushing paper or on the phone at a desk job.  We have built our home, and large projects which require jack hammers, cement mixers, shovels, picks, and tractors.  The back breaking type of work that yields noticeable large results… but keeps you sore and often hurt.

I have hoped for a day that we can do just this kind of project in retirement… birdhouses!  Simple, small, fun and fulfilling.

We opted to make 3 different size bird houses for a ‘bird house condo’.  We’d make them out of metal… cut them with the plasma cutter and weld them together, then paint them fun colors.  Colorful fun!

layout_IR.jpgWe started with cardboard templates and marked them onto our sheet metal.

plasma cut clos_IR.jpgThen we cut them out with the plasma cutter, along with the accouterments (flowers and hearts).

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Then we set them up..   .corner set_IR.jpg

… and welded them together

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hous_IR.jpgWe hammered out roofs….

Then painted them.  We dug a hole, poured 3 bags of cement and installed a post.

We built a ‘receiver’ and mounted the bird houses on the receiver and installed them in place.  For good measure we put a snow gage below them so we could measure the snow in the winter.

I think they came out pretty good…. we enjoyed designing and building them… and they are fun to look at it.  You know… I think we are finally starting to retire.

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