The biggest abirdabode ever is complete!

Success at Grassroots as the big, big abirdabode is finished.

Two days hard work by everyone and the human sized nest box is complete and looking fine!

No pressure for abirdabode this week as on arrival at Grassroots we noticed that item three on the weeks work schedule was finish Birdhouse! Everyone rose to the challenge and worked extremely hard to ensure we reached our goal, and to stay warm in the sub zero temperatures!

Marnie and Loz cut extra roof planks whilst Neil and Kelly trimmed the eaves to fit, Nathan, Kelly, Andy and Jacqui completed the mosaic and timber round designs for the nest box sides. The additional last minute task of making a set of twelve sparrow nest boxes was completed in just under two hours by the speedy team of Darian, Ben and Mark.

With just ten minutes to go before lunch on Friday we raced to assemble the big abirdabode. After a swift panel saw adjustment to the peaks of the side walls everything fitted together beautifully and the Big abirdabode was complete and looking amazing. Everyone was thrilled and extremely proud of what their skill and hard work had achieved.

We’re now looking forward to installing the Big abirdabode in Gallery Oldham and giving everyone a chance to admire it.

Thank you to everyone at Grassroots for all the hard work and enthusiasm, it’s been a brilliant few weeks and a real pleasure to work with you all. The cakes are on us at the abirdabode show launch on March 14th!




Jack Skellington and Pop Art at the Globe Theatre?

The second Dove Stone Youth Rangers creative session saw a number of new abirdabode artists join the group and get stuck in to making Art Birdbox maquettes. Our new artists were brimming with ideas and a few more Art Birdboxes to be created include; Jack Skellington, Pop Art, the Globe Theatre and others.





Windmills, Hobbit Houses and Art Deco designs

The Dove Stone Youth Rangers have made an amazing start on the abirdabode project on our first Sunday creative session. They have proved full of inspired ideas for Art Birdboxes and come up with a wide variety of styles and subjects that are sure to make for an exciting start for the project and exhibition…

The groups’ ideas include; a Bag End Hobbit House for birds, An Art Deco decorated snail Art Birdbox, a Moulin Rouge bird windmill and many more to be revealed soon.

For the first practical session the group discussed their designs and refined their ideas on paper before diving into making maquettes (artists scale models) of their chosen idea. Using scrap cardboard (recycling is very important to the group and artists) the young artists where shown how to use a fret saw and bandsaw to cut parts for their bird boxes. Prototyping in cardboard allowed us to play with size and shape of the designs, learn how to use the power tools and also practice making in 3D without using valuable plywood.