Lenny and his wife Heather left the city of Edmonton, Alberta, to dedicate all of their time to creating art and operate as "Birdmouse". As a lifelong artist, Lenny has felt extremely influenced by the people and environment around him. After relocating to Prince Edward Island, Lenny has seven acres of elbow room to explore his own ideas without influence from neighbouring minds. Gradually his ideas began to resemble his early drawings as a teenager and his fluid, curving style emerged.
Now that Lenny and Heather partially heat their home and studio with wood, in addition to their strong environmental conservation values, it doesn't make sense to take down a tree for his art. Their studio has been overflowing with "garbage" wood for over 4 years with no sign of drying up. Having a free source of material also allows for more design experimentation and attempting several ideas for a piece. Our clients also appreciate the history and interesting details that have come together for their own piece of Birdmouse art. As for working with reclaimed wood, pump organs and pianos in particular, here is Lenny's view:
pursue the dream of personal freedom living out in the woods. build her own environmentally conscious creative business with Lenny. create her own reclaimed wood jewellery designs. web design. product photography. product finishing. manage the details of birdmouse.
began using wood as a medium in 2010. designs are imagination first put on paper and then given the third dimension by cutting the shapes from wood. studio has piles, towers, drawers and totes filled with wood reclaimed from various sources. pump organs. pianos. farmhouses. barns.
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 water based polyurethane on most of our products. It provides a durable protective finish with various levels of sheen. We also 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 these finish options.
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.
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! Also, T-Shirts!