Boca Brewery Birdhouse and Feeder By Greg Zirbel

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Project by NeatTweets posted 11-16-2015 03:16 AM 2043 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Artist Greg Zirbel

The Boca Brewing Co. located just south of the convergence of the Little Truckee River which drains through the Boca dam and into the Truckee River was one hopping place. One of the best known California breweries of the 19th century started operations in 1876. Boca Lager even made it to the 1883 world’s fair in Paris France. The tower nesting box is built for the House & Bewick’s Wren with a one 1” hole. With two feeders, the first feeder feeds about half a gallon of Black Oil Sunflower seed out the tasting room and the other feeds about a gallon of seed out to the right of the main building which is the largest. Lift the roofs straight off to fill & clean.

Historical tidbits: A needed fence rebuild at the former home of our family & team doctor, Dr. Eckert who lived right next to NeatTweets workshop in the 1970’s provided the perfect redwood lumber for most of this replica as well as the blue front doors. The cedar roof shingles are from the new in 1980 home of the owners of La Fleur Rouge’s mother home in Louisiana. From the historic Montano homes on West River Street in downtown Truckee and salvaged in 2012 are the rusty nails, water pump wheel as well as the stamped “50” nails. All the square nails are from Luther Burbank’s farms in Sebastopol which date back to the 1870’s. The red front doors were salvaged from Forest Lane and part of an old fence put up in the 1950’s. The tin roof on the water tower was donated by my old friend Lisa Sproehnle just a week before building. Visible under the eve is some cedar from my mother in laws old cedar chest piece that says “Aroma Tightness Here”. The water tower flume and Boca sign are old umbrella supports. The kegs around back are pieces of an old large pencil from Switzerland. The Ice is white lumber from Cabona’s Balcony in downtown Truckee. The metal on the highest tower is from the largest pig farm in Sonoma county salvaged back in 1992. The trim around the base is from the new backstop of the Truckee High School baseball field backstop.

fyi, You can now find a remake of California’s first lager by Anchor Brewing in your local grocery store. Up here, Save Mart carries it.

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#1 posted 11-16-2015 11:55 AM

Wow that is really cool. Great job on it!!...................Jim

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#2 posted 11-16-2015 02:18 PM

that thing is really cool. you can tell lots of time went into all the details

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#3 posted 11-16-2015 02:30 PM

nice job

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#4 posted 11-16-2015 03:28 PM

So Cool!!

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#5 posted 11-16-2015 04:55 PM

This far behind I consider bird house or feeder! Excellent work! Details are lovely.

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#6 posted 11-16-2015 05:02 PM

That is one fancy bird feeder/house.

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#7 posted 11-16-2015 05:12 PM

Wow! What a beautiful birdhouse and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 11-16-2015 06:43 PM

Very nice. These types of projects are fun.

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#9 posted 11-16-2015 07:31 PM

The lucky birds that will call it home. Great build

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#10 posted 11-16-2015 09:28 PM

Nice! You captured it very well

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#11 posted 11-19-2015 04:11 PM

Great project, I especially enjoyed the “Historical tidbits”

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#12 posted 11-20-2015 10:34 AM

Very nice, what are the dimensions of the model?

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#13 posted 11-22-2015 04:30 PM

Dimensions = 33” wide, 25”deep, 23” tall
Weight = 44lbs.

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