Nashua Birdhouse Artist David Johnston

Building a better birdhouse



Photo by Susan Laughlin

When David Johnston of Nashua was a general contractor he would often build a replica of the house for the owner to use as a mailbox or birdhouse. Now he builds only for birds. Using recycled cedar and pine fencing, Johnston creates charming dwellings “for people,” he says. The birds are really secondary as most become decorator items. In particular, one is constructed as an unfinished barn and is perfect for robins who do not build in houses or, as Johnston notes, the open space is perfect for storing wine bottles.

Each of the birdhouse styles — ranch or New England barns with copper roof or Shaker barns complete with stone façade — have a “clean out” for actual bird occupancy. Larger “build outs” have divided spaces inside so smaller birds feel comfortable.

Johnston also will work with photos to build a custom birdhouse to match any real dwelling. He also is knowledgeable about bird nesting habits and can make the hole size appropriate to attract the desired species.

Bird homes range in price from $100 to $225. Currently, Johnston only exhibits at small fairs and has work at Birch, a gift shop at 154 Amherst St. in Nashua. 

Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. Building Homes for a Greener Tomorrow
    There’s nothing gothic about the net-zero home of environmental reporter Sam Evans-Brown and...
  2. Medical Marijuana
    There's still no consensus on its effectiveness.
  3. The Search for NH's Best Pizza
    Lots of places claim to have the state's best pizza. We put them all to the test.
  4. Tiny House, Tremendous Style
    Living small takes creativity.
  5. Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread Muffins
  6. Over-the-Border Dining in Kittery
    Drive, bike, walk or skip over Memorial Bridge to take in the dining renaissance underway in the...
  7. Fashion Statements in the Granite State
    There's more to our state's style than you think.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags