A Skywalker Ranch for the Birds

Skywalker Ranch Birdhouse by Thomas Burke

Most people tend to sleep in during the weekend, but I’m a big fan of watching CBS Sunday Morning, so I don’t stay in bed for very long. Today’s episode featured the builder of fine birdhouses, Thomas Burke, which originally aired on May 19, 2013. Burke gave up a career in building houses for people and reestablished his career in building elegant birdhouses. He is also known for building birdhouses modeled after the architecture in Andrew Wyeth’s paintings, works like “Christina’s World” and “Night Sleeper.”

Christina's World Birdhouse by Thomas Burke
Thomas Burke with the house depicted in “Christina’s World.”
Credit: Courtesy Thomas Burke (via CBS Sunday Morning)

So, what does this have to do with Star Wars? Back in April 2011, Burke installed a detailed replica of Skywalker Ranch at the home of George Lucas, as seen below. One can say that the birds are now one with the Force.

Skywalker Ranch
Star Wars creator George Lucas hired Thomas Burke to create a birdhouse in the style of Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California.
Credit: Courtesy of Mellody Hobson (via CBS Sunday Morning)
Birdhouse Modeled After Skywalker Ranch
A view of Thomas Burke installing his birdhouse based on Skywalker Ranch at the home of George Lucas.
Credit: Courtesy of Mellody Hobson (via CBS Sunday Morning)

Click here if you’d like to see the video segment, “Houses that are for the Birds.” Click here to view more photographs about the installation process of the Skywalker Ranch birdhouse.

(via CBS Sunday Morning)

1 comment on “A Skywalker Ranch for the Birds

  1. Patrick kelly

    Your birdhouses are beautiful workmanship I just started building then are a smaller scale.

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