For one of our first wood projects ever, 24 of our summer 2013 girls used fenceboards, a chop saw, jigsaw, drill and hole saw, brad nailer, and sander to create birdhouses inspired by local species. Our only constraint was that boards must be assembled to create a frame based only on right angles (ala Piet Mondrian’s paintings). Girls were encouraged to “be the bird” in order to decide where they should place the perch, hole, and hang spot for their birdhouse. As an introductory project, these birdhouses challenged girls to use precise measurement, safety with saws, and craft in assembling a sturdy and unique home for their avian friends.