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by Dave Vissat
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  • the story

Reading Robin

Since birds haven't shown much appreciation for literature, this imaginative birdhouse will do much better decorating the inside of your house than serving as theirs. Designer Dave Vissat stumbled upon this idea when he was making a birdhouse for his mother. He ran out of wood, so he resorted to using an old book as a roof. Then he began incorporating interesting text and illustrations as well.

Now, Vissat searches and scavenges flea markets and libraries for discarded and vintage books, then he scans the cover, makes a print and affixes it to the exterior of the house.

This ornamental wooden house use a book and imagery from classical and popular literature to capture a past era in American culture. The classic To Kill A Mockingbird house, features a twig perch, Gregory Peck movie poster and excerpts of the story as siding. Made in Pennsylvania. For indoor use only.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
15807
Made from
100% recycled paper label stock, wood
Measurements
8" L x 8.5" W x 8.25" H
Notes
for indoor use only.
  • the maker

Dave Vissat

Artist Dave Vissat spends his days as a creative director for a Pittsburgh advertising agency. But for the last ten years, he has spent his nights creating one-of-a-kind birdhouses out of vintage books.

Vissat stumbled upon this idea when he was making a birdhouse for his mother. He ran out of wood, so he resorted to using an old book as a roof. Then he began incorporating interesting text and illustrations as well. Now, Vissat searches and scavenges flea markets and libraries for discarded and vintage books, then he scans the cover, makes a print and affixes it to the exterior of the house.

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MOCKINGBIRD BIRDHOUSE
 
4.9

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (16)
  • Unique (15)
  • Bright (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Visually pleasing (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gifts (10)
  • Living room (8)
  • Office (7)
  • Display (4)
  • Home (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (12), Budget shopper (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (9), No (3)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (3)

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5.0

Not For the Birds!!

By 

from Walloon Lake, MI

Verified Buyer

Comments about MOCKINGBIRD BIRDHOUSE:

All the Library Lovers love the Mockingbird Birdhouse. It's sits on the circulation desk at our little local library. I just wish that the roof were put on the other way around so when you look at it from the front, the title is right side up. If I were doing this, I wouldn't put the nails through the cover. I put them through the block and then glue the cover to the block.

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5.0

Love it!

By 

from Minneapolis, MN

About Me Budget Shopper

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Bright
  • Durable
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Decorative
    • Display
    • Gifts
    • Living Room

    Comments about MOCKINGBIRD BIRDHOUSE:

    I love this! I just hope my MIL likes it just as much as me. The only thing I didn't really care for is the back panel, which had the old movie poster on there, but that's a minor complaint. It's very unique and a great gift idea-even for yourself.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Prompt.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Mother’s Day

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    5.0

    Fantastic gift - received great reviews!

    By 

    from Denver, CO

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about MOCKINGBIRD BIRDHOUSE:

          What a unique idea!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Other
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Father’s Day

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          5.0

          BOOOKSHELF HEADLINER

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          from Grand Forks, ND

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Lovely Tribute To Book
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gifts
            • Living Room
            • Office

            Comments about MOCKINGBIRD BIRDHOUSE:

            What a great tribute to a classic book. I added it to my bookshelf along with a copy of the book and it is the showpiece of the room. Glad to get this in a world losing the appreciation of reading a true book. Very creative item and no one would be disappointed in this lovely creation

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Self
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Other

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            4.0

            Judging a Book By Its Cover

            By 

            from Naperville, IL

            About Me High-end Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Durable
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gifts

              Comments about MOCKINGBIRD BIRDHOUSE:

              I am a bibliophile and the birdhouse celebrated one of my favorite books.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Self
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Other

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              5.0

              Great for book lovers

              By 

              from Baltimore Oriole, MD

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gifts
                • Living Room
                • Office

                Comments about MOCKINGBIRD BIRDHOUSE:

                Saw this item in a high-end crafts store and was really pleased to find it online.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Child
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                5.0

                Really imaginative and an excellent gif

                By 

                from Hanover, NH

                About Me Budget Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gifts

                  Comments about MOCKINGBIRD BIRDHOUSE:

                  I bought this and was a bit leary about what I'd actually get but it was everything that I had hoped for. What a neat idea! Even signed and numbered on the bottom. Thanks for a great Christmas gift!

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Delivery was prompt and very well protected. This is something that needed a lot of protective packaging and they did a great job.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Other
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                  5.0

                  One of a Kind and Beautifully Made

                  By 

                  from IL

                  About Me Budget Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Bright
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Kitchen
                    • Living Room

                    Comments about MOCKINGBIRD BIRDHOUSE:

                    I would not usually spend this much for a decorative accent, but To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book, and when I saw this birdhouse for the first time online, I knew I had to have it :) It is even more attractive in person than it is online. I love the vintage cover, and the way the hole is drilled in the perfect spot middle of the tree. The only thing that surprised me about it was the length (mine is a full 12 inches from front to back). If you are planning on purchasing it, you might want to make sure that you have a display spot that is deep enough for it. I highly recommend this birdhouse as a gift for yourself or a friend.

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                    5.0

                    unique conversation starter!

                    By 

                    from kentucky

                    About Me Midrange Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Unique

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about MOCKINGBIRD BIRDHOUSE:

                        as a Mockingbird fan and lover of folk art this is a very satisfying buy!

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                        5.0

                        A Different Kind of Gift

                        By 

                        from Kentucky

                        About Me High-end Shopper

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Durable
                        • Unique

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Gifts
                          • Living Room
                          • Office

                          Comments about MOCKINGBIRD BIRDHOUSE:

                          This was a perfect gift for someone that enjoys the book "To Kill A Mockingbird". I was very surprised that the birdhouse is actually made of books (the roof is a book and the sides are coated in book covers). The sticks for the roost is a very neat addition. All in all, I am thrilled with how this arrived and it was a huge hit for Christmas. Although a bit pricy, the quality was worth the payment.

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