They say that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
When a neighbor had to replace his wooden fence, Doug just couldn’t bring himself to watch all that beautiful grainy and weathered wood be thrown away.
He brought home all the wood boards he could salvage and stored them in the backyard by the garage.
He read about veterans and people with depression who had used woodworking as therapy and was always curious about trying it but never really felt like he had the ability or the skills to do it.
One day, as he was refilling the bird feeders in the backyard he had an aha moment: birdhouses!
A birdhouse was something simple enough that he could build, so he got to work right away. That afternoon and every day after that, he would get home from work and spend 3 or 4 hours out in the garage working on the birdhouses.
He takes great pride in his work and building birdhouses is more than just a hobby.
He calls it sawdust therapy and an outlet for creativity and expression.