Once again I’m on my quest to find the most creative, unique and just down-right “cool” coops. This month I think I might just have stumbled upon a collection of awe-inspiring coops that are in a class all their own!
These one-of-kind coops are located on Whidbey Island (about 35 miles north of Seattle, Washington) and designed and constructed by Bob Bowling of Bob Bowling Rustics. Although he doesn’t have a storefront, his work can be seen Saturdays at the Bayview Farmers Market and at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show each year in Seattle.
Bob’s sheds, coops, greenhouses and outbuildings evolved after the rustic-styled birdhouses he made proved to be so popular. Each structure is constructed of a solid new framework then finished off with recycled wood and materials resulting in a truly unique work of art!
Bob states, “The materials I use are gathered from various dump sites, second-hand stores, garage sales, and Island neighbors. The longer I’m in this business, the more these materials come to me. Folks donate materials when they take down fences, decks, and outbuildings. I’m very thankful to have the support and generosity of our Island community.”
Because of his use of recycled and re-purposed materials there isn’t a standard design or blueprint. Each coop is different from the last… Bob states that each structure develops a “personality of its own!” His chicken coops range from simple, rustic coops, to more whimsical designs. Bob adds, “A customer in Oregon even ordered a “Chicken Palace”– a large octagon-shaped hen house with screened walls so her chickens could enjoy a summer house during the hotter months.”
I absolutely love the thought, detail and craftsmanship that are present in every minute aspect of these coops! I’ve always heard that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but it takes a special talent to take salvaged items and create something as eye-pleasing as these structures. Bob says that his customers tell him that their happy chickens lay better eggs!–I can’t imagine a chicken that wouldn’t be happy living in a such an awesome coop!
All photos courtesy Bob Bowlings Rustics.
To see what else is happening on our Southwest Missouri property, visit …the garden-roof coop.