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Old 05-10-2015, 06:43 AM   #1
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An Airstream for the birds

The Springtime afternoon is cooling into the eve, I'm relaxing in the yard, beer in hand, gloating and glorifying about what a magnificent specimen my 1968GT, shining in the low sun, has become. Five years of care and patience has truly..… But Wait! Who's that sticking his head out of my range hood vent?? It's Mr. Wren.


I know what's going on here, and it won't be happening.


For years, every Spring, he arrives early and prepares three or four of the many birdhouses that I have on nearly every fencepost surrounding my yard. Mrs. wren arrives a week later, selects one of his prepared homes and they go to work raising their first clutch. The young fledge, the wrens move to another house, and do it again. Sometimes three clutches a year. All summer long, I willingly suffer the incessant racket of the chipper and chatter that is their song.


Slightly annoyed, I pick a few sticks out of the vent and plug it with a rag. Then get to realizing, that he too, finds the Airsteam irresistible, so perhaps I should accommodate him with one of his own.


I had a chunk of porcelain clay laying around, so I pinched and paddled and whittled and poked at it until it looked sorta like an Airstream trailer. Cut a wren-sized hole in it, mopped some bright metallic glaze on it, and fired it to 2300F.


Ready for occupancy. Wish it was that easy making mine...

Happy Mother's Day

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Old 05-10-2015, 06:46 AM   #2
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Wow.
That's great.
All of them are very nice.
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Old 05-10-2015, 07:11 AM   #3
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Old 05-31-2015, 06:38 PM   #4
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Wow! Those are so cool, especially the Airstream house! Sell them on Etsy!
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Old 05-31-2015, 09:45 PM   #5
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So, do they like the "bird stream"? So they "loan it out"?
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Old 06-01-2015, 05:50 AM   #6
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Very clever!


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Old 06-01-2015, 06:14 AM   #7
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In a short while your Airstream wren house will look like my full sized Airstream parked under the tree. Bird splats on it! Such is life in the great outdoors.

There is a market for these Airstream wren houses. You had better get production fired up.

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All look great. Especially the AS!

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Old 06-01-2015, 06:48 AM   #9
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Really beautiful work! My wife will want to know what glaze you used on the AS version?

She did some lamps in a raku (sp?) firing which ended up having a metallic look to it but sounds like yours was standard kiln?

Beautiful work!!
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Awesomely cool!
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