- after a year long treatment of breast cancer, Heather gave up her career as an environmental scientist to pursue the dream of personal freedom living out in the woods and building her own environmentally conscious creative business with Lenny. Heather creates her own reclaimed wood jewellery designs, web design, product photography, product finishing, and manages the details of birdmouse.
-has worked with several mediums (charcoal, acrylics, sculpture, music) and began working with wood in 2010. He often compares creating a new design to writing a new song, but with more freedom. In songwriting, you are limited by the chords you know, but with his art, he is only limited by his materials. Lenny's designs are his imagination first put on paper and then given the third dimension by building his drawings with wood.
Our materials are sourced from barn/house tear downs or renovations. Our community provides us with furniture that no longer has value. We currently have five century old pianos and about eight, centenarian pump organs in our workshop. All of our salvaged wood materials are sanded and cleaned before they are given a durable finish. These are, however, salvaged materials that have much "character" (re: imperfections). We do not always have the time or space to accept all offers, but we do accept items such as:
We use a water based polyurethane on most of our products. It provides a durable, low shine protective finish.
We also like to use Hempseed Oil, Beeswax, Milk Paint, Tung Oil + Citrus Solvent when possible. These options are all natural with zero VOCs, fully biodegradable and food safe. Click here to read about the finishes we use.
Our favourite finish to work with is Hempseed Oil. The product we use is:
A lifelong artist, Lenny Gallant has worked with several mediums (pencil, charcoal, acrylics, sculpture, music) and began working with wood in 2010. Lenny approaches each piece he creates much like he would a painting: he selects each piece of wood based on its colour, texture and how these features will influence the overall aesthetic of the finished piece. He must also consider the woods' weight and strength as it contributes to the piece's functionality and quality.
Heather Gallant finishes all of Lenny's designs. She sometimes adds colour to best showcase Lenny's designs and to best protect them.
The environmental aspect to using salvage wood has become increasingly apparent in our work and lives. The seemingly never-ending supply of beautiful wood that is cast aside continues to overwhelm our ample studio. As long as our society continues to discard wood, we will continue to recreate beauty from it.
Why are you called "birdmouse"?
Why are you called "birdmouse"?
Well, much like birds and mice - we scurry around collecting materials to create goods for your nest. We have a deep respect for nature and its species diversity. By using reclaimed wood, we get to preserve some of that natural forest habitat. We like how our name reflects our love of nature and its inhabitants.
It is also the name we gave to our cats' toy, because it resembled both a bird (feathered) and a mouse (long tail). And we love our cats - Gentleman Banana is our cat's face in the logo at the bottom of this page!