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Overall Dimensions: 16 x 8 x 7 (includes finial)
Interior floor: 4 x 3 1/2
Interior height: 8 1/2
Portal height: 6
Portal diameter: 1 1/4
Weight: 6.4 lbs

This is RESERVED. Please do not attempt to order.

The idea for this birdhouse began with the lovely brass lamp finial. The lyre conjures up ancient Greece and Rome, Apollo, Orpheus, the Muses, lyric poetry, music and song. It's not just the song motif that makes the lyre an appropriate theme for a birdhouse, but the shape as well. Australia's best-known native bird, the beautiful lyrebird, is so called because of the shape of its tail. The shape of Orpheus's lyre is said to have been based on the profile of a swan (note that the constellation Lyra is next to Cygnus). To me the lyre resembles a bird in flight.

Birdlovers should also know that this birdhouse is, as are all my birdhouses, an ornithologically correct and functional outdoor birdhouse that can stand up to many years of weather (the reclaimed wood and metal has already survived decades outside) and can accommodate most common backyard small cavity-nesting birds, such as finches, chickadees, wrens, nuthatches, warblers, and titmice, while the metal portal protector discourages larger birds and predators from enlarging the entrance. It has a side clean-out hatch, copper-lined ventilation holes on three sides and a drain hole in the floor, and notches on the inside front wall to aid fledglings as they exit the nest. The body is made from old yellow pine from a barn built in 1914 in Olivet, KS, and fir siding from a barn near Pleasant Hill, MO. The trim, artwork, and roof are vintage metal roofing material from two other deconstructed Kansas barns. The lyre strings are made from a weathered tomato cage. The wooden pieces holding the ends of the strings are made of vintage walnut beams from the barn in Pleasant Hill. The finial I found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Suite22 (thank you, Jenn Kelly). All reclaimed materials in my birdhouses are carefully selected for their structural integrity.

This birdhouse can be mounted on a flat surface (e.g., post or pole) or hung. If you want to hang it, do not attempt to do this from the finial, which would probably break; rather let me know, and I will add eye screws to the roof (see an example of this at https://www.etsy.com/listing/99913698). Printed advice and instructions for both methods are included. See my other birdhouses at http://roundhouseworks.etsy.com. Visit my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/roundhouseworks.

RESERVED for Yvette: Lyre-Shaped Birdhouse Made of Reclaimed Barn Wood and Metal Roofing


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wood, metal, tin, barn wood, vintage wood
  • Only ships within United States.
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