Sunday, October 20, 2013


From Michigan, USA, meet artists Phil and Diane Brodak. Together they are the proprietors of They are the creators of horseshoe décor, bat/bird/duck houses, yard mosaics, and more.

What types of items do you create with horseshoes?

Gun rack, Cup holders, Fruit caddy, Door knocker, Tissue holder, Towel bars, Coat hooks, Ashtrays, Napkin holder. Paper towel holder, Lucky horseshoes creations, Business card holder.  

Do you purchase horseshoes from a local farrier?

Yes, from several. We also purchase new shoe's if need be.

How long have you been woodworking?

Forty years plus. I have been making Bat Houses and Birdhouse's for the past 20 years.

What type of wood do you use for your bird and bat houses?

Northern white cedar, it will hold up much longer then pine or plywood.

Does a bat house have certain aesthetic requirements?

Yes they do. They need to be properly sized for use by bats. All of our bat houses are Bat Approved according to construction standards from BCI Bat Conservation International.

What are the requirements for placing a bat house in my yard?

The minimum height is 12 ft or more above ground level and facing the south.

I've never seen a Duck Box. Most of our ducks here in Ohio fly south for the winter. What breed of duck lives in a Duck Box?   

Wood Duck, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, American Kestrel, Screech owl.

What's a Texas Cooler?

Good question. The Texas Cooler is an outdoor insulated cooler designed and built by me. It is designed for BIG out of door parties. It can hold over 700 12oz cans!   

You travel around on your Harley. Do you have a favorite Harley adventure?

All of my travels are a true adventure when I am on my Harley. One of my favorite locations is Terlingua, Texas, at the edge of Big Bend National Park. I have been in 46 of the 50 states and enjoy all of them.   

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