I searched through the scrap wood pile and found a number of pieces that would work perfectly for my feeder and then set off to find a skill saw in the shed to begin. Somehow, with the multitude of tools my husband owns, I was unable to locate a saw. Since he has been working on a large job I assumed all tools were with him for the day. Suddenly, I had to revisit my bird feeder plans.
In the corner of one of our sheds Justin has a dozen or so logs stored up to use for creating sculptures (once he has both a bigger shop and more time). My two or three creative genes started up. I had logs and I had chisels. Thus, the new, impromptu bird feeder plan was birthed. The new plan consisted of using a chisel to create a circular recession a half inch deep at the top that could be filled with bird feed (in this case safflower seeds for cardinals) and then, in a very rustic way, sit nestled between a couple of nandina shrubs right out front of our living room window. I set to work removing parts of the wood and about thirty minutes later, my feeder was sitting in its new home.
While I don't typically do any woodworking/ chiseling/ sculpting (Justin is the artistic and creative one in this match) I really enjoyed the simplicity of the little project and working with the wood. Justin promises to teach me more about carving correctly and efficiently in the future, but for now I can mark "Making My Own Bird Feeder" off of the to do list.
Now, I'm just waiting for those cardinals to start fluttering around the feeder for a delightful show in front of our window!