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modern homes for modern birds

September 13, 2015


Inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and other mid-century designs, Tennessee’s Matt Estrada started building unique wood homes: for birds.

The founder: Estrada’s interest in woodworking began in a high school shop class. Over the years, the father of two sons worked on small projects. Then, Estrada started making simple nesting boxes for friends and family as gifts around 2007. Last summer, he decided to leave his job of 30 years as a FedEx Express courier and focus on his art and new business.

The company: Churp modern is based in Rockvale, Tenn. Estrada came up with the idea in 2011 and created his first prototypes early in 2012.

Materials: Western red cedar and reclaimed Tennessee barn wood. The bird homes are then hand-brushed with an exterior grade wood stain to add pops of color.

What’s popular: With their clean lines, the colorful Horizons series ($110) of bird homes.

Fun request: Created a 24″ x 36″ piece, based on a bird home design, to hang above the mantle. Used more than 270 pieces of hand-brushed blocks in this one large installation.

What’s next: More wall pieces and bat houses, which he gets requests for at every art festival (he attends about 30 each year).

Where to buy: (custom orders too). In Atlanta, find churp modern at the Atlanta Arts Festival in Piedmont Park Oct. 24 and 25.



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