Welcome to Laurance Sawyer's BLUEBIRD
HOUSING! We specialize in custom-made, rustic log bird houses. Not only
do we hand make Bluebird Houses, we also hand make Chickadee Houses, Owl
Houses, Duck Houses and Woodpecker Houses. We are located in the North
Georgia Mountains in East Ellijay in Gilmer County.
bluebird and other bird houses provide a safe and comfortable shelter
for just about every bird you would want to attract. Each house is
custom made and the entrances are drilled to exact specifications to
allow only certain species to fit into the nest. The birdhouses fit
smoothly on metal poles and have tapered bottoms and removable roofs.
Fallen trees are the primary source of wood. Poplar is the most popular
with our customers, but cypress, sycamore, white birch and ponderosa
pine are other types of wood used. Some customers have had their
birdhouses for over 20 years and they still are in use at their homes.
Bluebird Housing was established in 1972 by Laurance & Adelaide Sawyer
after he retired from his "regular" job. He created a machine which he called the "Woodpecker Lathe"
to hollow out the wood to form the birdhouses. The business took off and
in "birding circles", Laurance Sawyer became known as the "Bluebird Man
of Georgia". Click here or click the "Bluebird Man of Georgia" button to
read the article published in the Chattanooga News - Free Press about
Laurance and Adelaide Sawyer and their Bluebird Housing.
The family love for birds and birding
did not just start with Laurance Sawyer. His father, Edmund Joseph
Sawyer was known as the "Dean of American Bird Artists". Published
numerous times in the Audubon Society's Educational leaflets, his
paintings still inspire bird lovers around the country.
E.J. Sawyer was
appointed Yellowstone Park's Park Naturalist in 1924 where he served
until being asked to serve as New York State field ornithologist.
here or on the button "Dean of American Bird Artists" see read a loving
tribute to E.J. Sawyer by his son, Laurance Sawyer.
After Laurence passed away in 1994, his
wife and lifelong partner, Adelaide, has kept the family business going
strong with her daughter and son-in-law Elaine Sawyer Whittemore and
Edward Whittemore. Marvin Sawyer, Laurance and Adelaide's 2nd son, an
accomplished machinist, made many updates and advancements in the
machinery and techniques used to produce the beautiful houses.
Tragically, he passed away in May 2000 after years of continuing the
business before and after Laurance passed away. With Adelaide's wisdom
and guidance, Bluebird Housing has already grasped the hearts of its 4th