Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Many Apologies...and we're back!

This is Ben's girlfriend, Mary Jo. It is all my fault we haven't blogged for so long...I lost the log-in information. :o) So, without further ado...here is an update on the goings-on at Birdhouse-Replica.

Right now, we have an auction up on eBay. The birdhouse is a lovely, 'brick,' federal-style building. With over 2,400 hand-etched, hand-painted bricks, it is truly a beauty and would look marvelous in your yard this Spring, or as a gift for a friend!

Also recently, Ben built a lovely Victorian-style birdhouse. It is pictured below:

If you are interested in either of these, or in purchasing a birdhouse replica of your home (or any other building you happen to like), feel free to contact us!

Check back soon for more birdhouse replicas!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Pictures! Cabin and replica compared

Here are pictures of the latest replica, delivered last week:

The replica

The birdhouse

Press Release

This is Mary Jo--Ben is courting me :) I've been trying to help some with marketing, and yesterday I wrote a press release to send out to local papers about the shop. Hopefully, something will come of it. Here's the press release, for those of you who are curious:

Tel.: 434-376-6937
Cell Phone: 434-221-7459
E-Mail: ben@covenantfarmva.com

21-year old artisan & craftsman, Ben Murch, starts new
business building replica birdhouses

Artisan and craftsman, Ben Murch began his woodworking business about a year and a half ago, in one of the buildings on his family’s farm in Brookneal, Virginia. Not long after he started his shop, building small furniture, jewelry boxes, and other items, he began to design and build folk art birdhouses. These are intricate birdhouses made to look like real homes.

In August of 2005, when he decided to try his hand at building a replica birdhouse, he uncovered a talent he didn’t know he had—the ability to look at photographs, take measurements from them, and reproduce them in amazing detail. Murch started off selling his products on eBay, until his father and older brother designed a website (http://www.birdhouse-replica.com) for him to market directly to the public. His first replica, of the Patrick Henry Home in Red Hill, VA, sold to the Christian History Society of America in Fishersville, VA. They later commissioned him to build several more replicas. Since the first replica, Murch has built a number of commissioned replicas for buyers all around the country. The latest replica, a gift purchased for a retired army general from some of his former commandeers, was of a cabin in the mountains of Virginia, displayed in the photos below (for images of other replicas, click here and here).

Ben began woodworking early in 2000 at Northwoods Woodworking in Floyd, VA, where he worked for nearly three years until his family moved to Brookneal. After just a short time working there, he knew he wanted to make a career of it. With the help of his father and brother, he was able to turn one of the outbuildings on the farm into a woodshop. After the purchase of some power tools, the shop was up and running, originally as Covenant Farm Woodworks. Once he began specializing in replica birdhouses, he changed the business to Birdhouse-Replica.com.

To order a replica birdhouse, the buyer must send pictures of each side of the home or other building to Ben via e-mail or mail. Ben then gives the buyer a price quote. Once 50% of the payment is received, he begins building. The building process usually takes 1-2 weeks.
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For more information, or to set up an interview with Ben Murch, contact him at the contact information listed above.

So, that's it! I'll post the pictures in the next post. :)

-Mary Jo, for Ben

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

English Tudor Style Birdhouse Replica on Sale Now!

I rarely have pieces in my inventory, since most of my work is commissioned, however, I currently have a beautiful English Tudor style replica birdhouse. It is constructed mostly of Southern Yellow Pine. The windows, doorframes, and the screened in porch are made of Red Oak. I produced the replica from a photograph I found on the internet. Below are two photographs--1 of the home and another of the replica. Additionally, I have included a link to the page on our site that has more images and information. If you are interested in purchasing this one-of-a-kind piece or have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at information@birdhouse-replica.com.

The photo of the home:

The Replica:

For more information on this replica, click here.

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The Making of a Replica Birdhouse

I'm Ben Murch, artisan and craftsman of Birdhouse-Replica.com. For my first post on this blog, I'd like to give you a small taste of what we're all about at birdhouse-replica. Most of the work I do are special requests. An individual firsts sends pictures. I give a quote, and once half of the payment is received, work begins. This is a slideshow to give you an idea of how the whole process works once work begins. If you are interested in having your own replica birdhouse, e-mail me or visit our website for more information. Enjoy!