A wonderful surprise: the last time I saw Mike Wilson was in 2021 when he built and installed the box that our backyard owls are currently living in.
On Sunday he stopped by to gift me one of his new “shabby chic” designs. His reclaimed wood supply dried up and cedar prices are through the roof, so he makes these (slightly bigger) boxes with pine, paints them, and goes at them with sandpaper when he’s done.
Our first box was #833. Two years ago, he told me his goal was to get well past #1000. Our new one is #1059, so he’s obviously been ripping it. (He showed me an amazing Google Map of all the boxes he has installed around town.)
All I had to give him in return was one of these Coconut woodcuts and a copy of Keep Going. (If I’d have known him when I wrote that book, he’d probably have been in the book as a case study.)
If you’re in Central Texas and you want him to build you an owl box, text him at 512-940-1161.