how to make pvc dancing birds

Following that, I developed the habit of buying PVC pipe in the spring and working on them during the summer months when I wasn’t sailing or playing golf. Every now and then I would sell them off the front step or out of the garage, with whatever was left going to the craft fair. As a result, by the time the really cold weather arrived, I would have a garage to put the car back in.

It was about eight years ago that I began creating these birds out of PVC pipe. It all began when, during my Florida winter, I bought multiple patterns. There was a gentleman selling them at the neighborhood flea market, making them with great abandon. He made enough money from his work to pay for his summertime trip back up north to his fishing camp. Since I had not seen anyone else practicing this craft in the area where we recently moved, it seemed to fit the bill for something different I could do as a hobby.

I was given a fresh idea last year when a friend offered me some cedar that he had cut from his woodlot. Although most of the patterns I had seen on wood were made on a smaller scale, Three blocks together allowed me to build a sturdy base. After that, all that was left to do was manipulate the bends to give the impression of a mother bird holding a fish in its beak, with a baby pleading for it and another baby peering down for its own (which could just as easily be both looking up). This became an instant hit. I sold several from the front step. The furnace repairman was coming to visit this fall, and I had two ready to go to the craft show. He purchased both of them right out of the garage. I had my furnace serviced and came out ahead financially!

My first experiment involved making a smaller pattern to represent a mother and child on a single block. This worked for all the different larger bird types. I eventually began creating my own bases from a mixture of cement and sand as well because I was unable to find any that were the right size.

Over the years I experimented with different designs. For example, I saw a Great Egret standing in the marsh while I was strolling through the park. It seemed intriguing to me and it would work with the 4-inch pipe I was using. I browsed through multiple images on the internet and created a design that mimicked the bird I had observed on the marsh. The result was a success.