Dean Johnson


I was fortunate to grow up with a hardwood forest as my back yard, My mother instilled in me a love for wildlife, particularly birds. Crafting nesting homes and feeders draws on three of my passions: wildlife, wood crafting and recycling.

The primary motivation for my craft is to provide birds with safe, comfortable and sturdy homes and feeders. Also, I enjoy working with wood, whether building, carving or burning. And finally, all the cedar used in my items is salvage-wood I “rescued” from a trip to a local landfill.

I began building nesting boxes and feeders in 2013, after a friend gifted me an Audubon Society book with plans for building species-specific homes. I create my items in my one-person cinderblock workshop that sits under a room addition to my Oak Ridge “war house.”