Bronagh’s Bird Box
My bird box is of Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. I chose this because I love the film as it interests me because it is very unusual the animation is unique. Also every Christmas Eve I watch it before I go to sleep. I am also a fan of the creator, Tim Burton.
First things first I made my maquette which was completely different to my practical work ; this was because you could not bend the wood as my bird box is circular.
This is one of the more complex art bird boxes to construct as it is spherical in shape. Building it involved calculating the sizes of a series of circular layers required to build up the contours of the head using measurements taken from the maquette. The head required ten discs of 18mm plywood each cut to a specific size. Using the band-saw and a trammel jig cutting ten discs didn’t take too long.
The layers were then laminated with waterproof PVA glue in two sections so the inside Jack’s head will be accessible for cleaning! Once the glue had dried Richard turned the pile of discs into a rough sphere shape using the lathe and sander.
ready to turn
layers and layers
On Saturday abirdabode braved the slightly inclement weather conditions to set up the Big Art Birdbox at Oldham Flower Festival.
The day started of with quite a bit of rain and we were worried that no–one would venture out after the amazing sunshine of the previous week; this combined with the insane thunder and lightning that seems to have woken everyone in the middle of the night on Friday made us doubt we would be busy. How wrong we were!
Oldhamers are not afraid of a little bit of rain and the day was brilliant. Participants of all ages joined us throughout the day, including some who had decorated a bird at Festival Oldham. They created some amazing decorated art birds for the front of the Big Art Birdbox, including the most realistic woodpecker so far, some amazingly coloured and patterned pigeons and a beautiful stripey bullfinch. We also had a celebrity guest make a decorated bird; Joe Swift created an aboriginal art inspired version of his namesake, the Swift.
Thank you for everyone who joined us and chatted to us and decorated a bird – it was a great day and we hope the herbs you planted with Get Oldham Growing team are flourishing!
What’s the point?
Mark in prime position
Almost at the top
What a woodpecker
I did this
Robin at the base
We made these
I can draw with my eyes closed too
Checking it’s correct
82 decorated birds!
What’s in there?