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South Schuylkill Garden Club Welcomes Unique Speaker for May Program

Master craftsman’s artful birdhouse talk

The South Schuylkill Garden Club is set to host an exciting and unique speaker for their May program, welcoming Jack Jones, the talented craftsman behind JJ’s Woodcrafts.

The event will take place on Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m., with Jones delivering his presentation in the library of the First United Church of Christ in Schuylkill Haven.

Jones has carved out a niche for himself by crafting one-of-a-kind birdhouses and feeders from repurposed barn wood dating back to the 1800s. His creations not only serve practical purposes but also stand as artistic expressions, each piece being unique and a testament to his skill and creativity.

During his presentation, Jones will discuss the proper design of a birdhouse and the important features to consider when purchasing one. He will also cover topics such as gardening for wildlife, attracting birds, and birdscaping in the garden. As an added interactive element, Jones will challenge the audience by passing around old hardware found in barns to see if they can identify the items.

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After retiring as the Director of Corporate Logistics at a large manufacturing plant of pharmaceutical and electronic chemicals in 2000, Jones’ passion for woodworking and gardening led him to establish JJ Woodcrafts. The venture initially began with using small leftover wood pieces from his custom furniture projects, but eventually, Jones started acquiring materials through the demolition of old barns.

As Jones’ business grew, he found himself discovering a wealth of treasures within these old barns, from different types of wood to antique hardware. Every house and feeder he crafts is decorated with these unique elements, making each creation truly one of a kind. His products are wholesaled to large retailers and also sold at juried craft shows throughout the Northeast.

A dedicated craftsman, Jones has devoted countless hours to researching birds and their living habits, ensuring that each of his creations is built with care and creativity. The wood he uses, which can be 100 to 200 years old, often bears the marks of weathering and distress, giving each birdhouse its distinct character.

The public is invited to attend this fascinating program at the First United Church of Christ in Schuylkill Haven. Following Jones’ presentation, attendees can enjoy light refreshments before the South Schuylkill Garden Club holds its business meeting.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in gardening, wildlife, or woodworking to learn from an expert and witness first-hand the beautiful craftsmanship of Jones’ one-of-a-kind birdhouses and feeders.

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