Birdhouses Replicate Historical Sonoma County Landmarks by Artist Greg Zirbel of NeatTweets

November 29th, 2011 in member junk     
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This replica of the Empire Building is both a nesting box and a bird feeder. Located in historic court house square in Santa Rosa California its just one of many classic historical building in the area.  Built from lumber salvaged from what was once the largest pig farm in the county. 
This replica of the Stone farmhouse uses lumber salvaged from the recently remodeled Stone farmhouse, circa 1865, which is believed to be Sonoma County’s oldest surviving farm house still in its original location in Sonoma County.  This farmhouse is now the site of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation’s offices and visitor center sitting on the edge of the internationally recognized Laguna de Santa Rosa. 
 
By recycling this old lumber, I’m excited to be preserving a part of history here in Sonoma County.  You just can’t beat the classic look of this old redwood. 
These three churches are vary special Sonoma County landmarks.  The first one in red is the Church of One Tree in downtown Santa Rosa. 
Washoe House - Sonoma County Historical Landmark #41 located on Stony Point Road in Petaluma, CA
Grandma’s house is always open.  The wood, hardware and even the nails used to build this nesting box were salvaged from what was once the largest pig farm in Sonoma County, just off Railroad Avenue, south of Cotati, CA. 
Not just a fancy birdhouse, it’s also a feeder which dispenses over two peaks of seed straight out the front door.  Turn the lights on, a little battery powered candles in the front windows light the night.
This replica of the Empire Building is both a nesting box and a bird feeder. Located in historic court house square in Santa Rosa California its just one of many classic historical building in the area.  Built from lumber salvaged from what was once the largest pig farm in the county. 

This replica of the Empire Building is both a nesting box and a bird feeder. Located in historic court house square in Santa Rosa California it's just one of many classic historical building in the area.  Built from lumber salvaged from what was once the largest pig farm in the county. 

Photo: Greg Zirbel

These three churches are vary special Sonoma County landmarks.  The first one in red is the Church of One Tree in downtown Santa Rosa. 

The only building that I ever painted and another vary famous building.  My replica of the Church Of One Tree in Santa Rosa used to house the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum.  It’s called this because the entire church was built from one redwood tree back in 1873.  To build this replica, I used the wood, hardware and nails that I salvaged from what was once the largest pig farm in Sonoma County.  The steeple lifts off to fill the feeder and the left roof of the nesting box lifts off for easy cleaning. 

The Church-of-One-Tree was built from one redwood tree that back in 1873 that stood 275 ft high and was 18 ft in diameter. The gigantic redwood grew in Stumptown, California (now Guerneville) with the lumber costing a total of $3000. It was the original home to the First Baptist Church of Santa Rosa and has been home to several other unique uses in more recent decades.  

The second one in the center is a replica of the 1887 historical church in Kenwood uses a fantastic piece of wood representing the front of the building.  Reading the history about this building told of being rolled on logs four blocks by horses to get it out of the mud was an interesting fact.  

St. Teresa is another one of my personal favorites, and the sixth one I remember building in this series.  Probably the most famous building ever if birds are mentioned.  Alford Hitchcock made the movie “The Birds” in 1963 when I was just a year old.  My replica even took a first place ribbon at the Sonoma County Fair in 1993.  The wood, hardware and even the nails used to build this box were salvaged from what was once the largest pig farm in Sonoma County, just off Railroad Avenue, south of Cotati, CA.


Pattern or design used: My own design - NeatTweets Artist Greg Zirbel
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Comments (3)

gadgetsponge writes: These are really intricate and very nicely created. Your attention to detail is captivating. Welcome to JMS! Posted: 2:45 pm on November 30th
Acrossstate writes: beautiful just beautiful Posted: 2:09 pm on November 30th
suewhitney writes: These are all stunning! Thanks so much for sharing the history behind each of your beautiful creations. Welcome to JMS!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 5:11 am on November 30th
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