I have had a bee in my bonnet for a few years now and I am finally starting to do something about it, and this is the outcome so far. A copper spun bird bath on a timber pedestal. This is the prototype, the copper dish will remain the same but I am hoping to create a range of different stands for the bowl.
The dish is spun by a local metal spinner and is wide and shallow: 780mm wide x 50mm deep, it holds 11 litres of water. The copper will develop a blueish patina or verdigris over time that will seal and strengthen the dish.
The current stand is made out of a timber tripod secured with dowels raising the birdbath to about 1500mm high, this is a good height for viewing the birds as they swoop in and out but also great for placing in an already established garden and it won’t disturb existing plants.
The dish is not fixed to the stand so that the water can easily be tipped out when needed, I would recommend placing a stone in the centre of the dish to allow for easy access to the water for the birds. It is also a good idea to position a bird bath next to a native plant that comes up above the water height to allow for the birds hopping in and out of the bath.
I am selling this prototype for $595.00, contact me if you are interested.