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A Bird House Fit for a Jedi Knight

A bird house is a fabulous edition to any garden and can help to encourage declining species to flourish once more.

Whilst most people opt for a simple affair, others feel the need for something altogether more extravagant.

The result can be a bird house fit for a king, fashioned with astonishing attention to detail. These works of art are genuine show stoppers.

One of the most celebrated bird houses ever built was the behemoth . This incredible house was big enough to accommodate a Jedi Knight!

The Skywalker Ranch Bird House

Thomas Burke originally built furniture and specialised in creating pieces from old beams. He was then asked to build a bird house for a friend. The result was so impressive that news of the house spread and Burke discovered a whole new career. His incredible designs were often based on the paintings of Andrew Wyeth. Sixteen of Burke’s creations line the river front in Wilmington, Delaware.

He has continued to use recycled materials in constructing the bird houses. The roof shingles are often made from old pallets and he gathers up left over paint from his neighbour’s decorating projects to use on the bird houses.
Burke’s work has been featured in many publications. It was when thumbing through one of these that George Lucas stumbled across his work. The film director’s evident delight was noted by his girlfriend who decided to commission Burke to create a bird house for Lucas. It was to be his Christmas present.

Thomas Burke designed a detailed replica of Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch. The enormous structure was built in three sections and required a forklift truck to deliver it. It was 9 feet tall, just a little larger than your average nesting box!

The Perfect Present

This gift may appear to have been a strange one but George Lucas has shown an interest in bird houses before. Back in the noughties Lucas developed an interest in bird houses whilst travelling in Chile. He spent a couple of nights on an island where he took a two day training course from Alejandre Juan Zeta, an acclaimed expert in bird house construction. Bizarrely Lucas used his special effects skills to digitally add miniature R2D2s to each tiny house!

Lucas then appeared to become obsessed with his new found hobby which colleagues feared was distracting him from his film work. It wasn’t the first time that he had delved into crafting as it has been reported that he previously indulged in making drinks coasters! Perhaps he should stick to making films. His movies are a much more profitable enterprise!


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