For the Birds
Contemporary birdhouses by a former furniture-maker
The birdhouses look like showpieces. But Mark Ellis assures his customers that these contemporary, stylish residences are move-in ready for wrens, finches, and bluebirds. The former furniture maker, who grew up around wooden speedboats in Michigan, draws inspiration from his past for his birdhouse-construction business called Kool Birds. Ellis uses scrap wood from a hardwood-flooring manufacturer and mixes varieties to produce dark and light hues on a single house. He builds the houses in his Dilworth basement, using waterproof glue and polyurethane stain. Eight designs, $140 each, etsy.com/shop/koolbird.