What wood is used to make your birds?
In the past pine was used, however, we have switched over to Cotton Wood (Populier Tree) to avoid having to join wood that may split or having resin spoil your treasured item.
We also use Blackwood and Yellowwood for our Home Collection as well as our stands. Occasionally we do use some other exotic wood for stands but try to remain uniform.
What is the difference between ‘Birds of Africa’ and ‘Feathers’?
Both companies have been in Knysna for many years. Birds of Africa was started in 1980 and Feathers a number of years later. Over the years, both the crafting businesses have diversified. Birds of Africa has maintained making their birds only out of wood and other collections have kept with the birding theme. Feathers does now cast some of their heads and the smaller birds in totality. Their diversification involves other forms of nature, not only birds. We are in no ways competition with each other and honour each other’s loyal customers.
What should I do to treat my bird?
Because the birds are treated prior to and after painting, it is not necessary to polish them. A light wipe with a damp cloth or a light wood polish is sufficient.
Is my bird a collector’s item?
Previously, the birds were individually numbered as a collector’s item. People enjoyed the concept of having a collector’s item, unfortunately, 20 years down the line people are disappointed that their items have not accrued value. We believe that each of our products is a collector’s item as no two products can be exactly reproduced (even if we try). Also, in accordance with what customers make comment about we regularly go back to the bird books and tweak a design.
Can you repair my bird I bought ……. long ago?
Yes, we will happily do it for you. We do have a ‘bird hospital’ and the beds are often occupied. We will try our best to repair your wooden bird, we know how special they are to you. We also know how cats can knock them down or puppies think that they are a new toy. We also understand that your bird is part of the ‘family’. We ask a nominal amount, but need to view the bird first.