I have been making rustic looking bird houses that look like some of the
buildings out of the past such as a filling station with a hand operated gas
pump with old fashioned water can with spout for filling up the radiator. A
problem I had was making the roof look like the old corrugated sheet metal. I
used aluminum flashing and scored the grooves into the thin metal then turned it
over and scored the other side. It works real well. I made a jig to keep the
grooves straight. The pump is carved from doweling, a piece of Plexiglas tubing
and carved top. I made a couple of automobile wheels to lean against the wall.
It has as typical porch with a projected roof and a single peak main roof. I
am planing another one to look like a country store with watermelons on the
front porch. I can make the watermelons from green painted pecans. I will make
another one like a saloon with rifles leaning against the wall. I also plan one
to look like an old water mill
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