Building P – The South Shed – Unit 4
Patrick does not have set workshop hours, but always welcomes drop-in visitors or appointments.
Nice Nests are built entirely from discarded wood scraps salvaged from tear-downs, remodels or new home construction. Patrick Hannigan re-purposes ancient barn boards and old apple bins picked from dump or burn piles. Most birdhouses are poorly-built structures made from fresh-cut lumber – but it’s crazy to cut down bird habitat to build birdhouses when there is so much wood being tossed into landfills every day. Patrick transforms dump-bound scraps back into bird habitat.
Nice Nests are species-specific nestboxes, carefully designed to create functional breeding habitat for a variety of cavity nesting birds. Most “birdhouses” are nothing more than cutesy yard art made for people, not birds. Nice Nests are different. Each Nice Nest features proper hole sizes, floor dimensions and box depths perfectly suited to the target species. Every nestbox has appropriate drainage and ventilation and opens easily (no tools required) for clean-out. Nestboxes are built for dozens of species of cavity nesting birds, from Pygmy Nuthatches to Violet-Green Swallows, Western Bluebirds to Wood Ducks, American Kestrels to Saw-Whet Owls. Nice Nests are for the birds.
Nice Nest are modern and rustic, inventive and functional. The random re-purposed hardware used for door pulls ranges from spent shotgun shells, to old oar locks, vintage knobs to rusty oddities salvaged from junkyards and broken-down farm machinery. The accents of color are matched to nature: the red of the Pileated Woodpecker, the vibrant green of Wolf Moss, the yellow to Arrowleaf Balsamroot, the native sunflower of the American West.