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!
Big, big abirdabode
Will a sparrow fit?
Bird house proud
Pigeon holes or sparrow loft?
Thumbs up for abirdabode!
No pressure then!
The start of December and the abirdabode project landed at the Grassroots Community Orchard. Thursday was cold and dry so we were treated to a quick tour of the allotment and orchard (which has almost 200 fruit trees!) and saw the chickens, ducks and bees.
The first group task was to assemble a work bench. Everyone got involved and by the time the bench was assembled it was time for a well earned tea break so we headed inside and started making plans for the Grassroots abirdabode.
The Grassroots abirdabode will be a human size Big Art Bird Box to form the centerpiece of the abirdabode exhibition and which can be used at Grassroots for storage or shelter (and for Andy to hide in!). The group decided to build it using reclaimed materials as this suits the ethos of Grassroots.
On Friday the sun came out and we started building the Big abirdabode in the very warm poly-tunnel. Some new participants and some old friends joined us and with the use of the newly built work bench work proceeded splendidly and by lunch time we had planned the bird box build and had two side frames complete!
We’re pleased to announce that Grassroots Community Allotment in Failsworth will be joining the abirdabode project in the next few weeks.
Grassroots is an amazing venue with allotments, an orchard, chickens and bees. Situated right next to the Rochdale Canal it offers a number of habitats for birds and wildlife that we can explore for inspiration.
We’re hoping some of the Grassroots members who took part in the Catalyst Junk Sculpture project a few years ago will get involved again along with some brand new participants. We can’t wait to see what they create!