Off The Beaten Path: Barnwood for the Birds | VideoCliff Naylor | 5/6/2012
All the work and long hours Jerry Freier puts into recycling barn wood is for the birds.
"I like giving new life to old stuff, I enjoy that," he said.
Jerry cobbles together wood and hardware from abandoned barns and farm buildings to create rustic birdhouses.
"They`re all different, completely different, same shapes but different stuff."
Jerry decorates the houses he builds for his feathered friend with recycled door knobs, hinges or just about any metal object that`s been discarded.
"I just had a lady call and say she wants ten of them from her farm over by Belfield."
That customer plans on giving one of the birdhouses to each of the ten children who grew up on the farm.
Over the past eight years, Jerry estimates he`s built close to 2,000 birdhouses in hundreds of different shapes and sizes.
"I sell a lot of churches, this one I made to look like a country church, churches are very popular."
Birds move into the recycled barns as soon as they`re attached to a tree.
"I`ve had a lot of emails where people cay they put it out and a couple of weeks later they say they had a bird in it."