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Wednesday, 21 January 2009

The Great Australian Birdhouse

Don't you just love new discoveries at local craft markets?  It's getting more difficult to find originality so I was quite excited when I stumbled across these adorable bird houses at the
Peregian Beach Markets last Sunday.

As well as each being a unique creation, the next best thing about them is that they are environmentally friendly, built using salvaged materials such as wood off-cuts, twigs and metal. The appeal of the rusted iron roofs even gives them that authentic Aussie pioneer shack look.


The talent behind these hand-made treasures is former flight attendant Tony Lefevre. Like many of us trying to make a living from our crafts, he supplements his income with a "real" job. Tony drives a school bus which still allows him plenty of time to follow his passion.


I love this mansion of bird houses.  There are other versions available including some with replica rainwater tanks made of old beetroot (beets) tins.  I'm told that his children are getting a little tired of eating beetroots.

Tony's creations can also be found at the Yandina markets every Saturday otherwise you can contact him to find out how else you can acquire your own by emailing: tonylef5[at]  

Let me know what you think of these and if you know of anyone else who is making good use of of salvaged materials.

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1 comment:

Alyssa said...

Hi Thea, your blog is looking great! I love these bird houses - it is definitely great to see handmade original things at markets. x

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