The Bird Shack

I’m Michael Tyler and since January 2011 I have been creating Vectric’s Free monthly projects. I’ve made everything from spring wreaths and mantle clocks to snow sledges and cheeseboards.

Did you know there are already over 100 projects free for Vectric customers to take advantage of and we’re working on more every month! Each project comes with the file(s) for you to download, along with a PDF document that highlights some of the key important steps to help you get through your project. Plus all free projects since 2018 come with their own video that tells the story of the project from start to finish.

This month's project is ideal for the Spring season! Getting a bird house set out in the early spring (in March) is the perfect time for birds to find secure accommodations for raising their new family. This fun Bird Shack project will provide that for them!

The entire project is vector-based, and was created with the VCarve software. Some of the features used while designing this project include the Create Shape tools, Array Copy, Drawing and Node editing tools, Snapping features, Interactive Trim, and Fixed Nudge.

The exterior surfaces of the sample are painted and glazed to accentuate the shallow-carved detail and achieve the “shack-like” appearance. No finish was applied to the interior surfaces at all, as some finishes can be toxic to birds. It might be alright to use a “food-safe” clear finish on the interior, but I did not try that myself.

which Vectric software do i need to be able to open the free project files?

Versions 10.5+ of the software

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