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Building ornate ‘palaces’ for birds is this commercial photographer’s hobby.

Pro photographer Greg Baker built his own house, his own studio, a shed, a workshop, a barn, a playhouse for his daughter, and a series of elaborate decks. When he started running out of room on his property, he turned to smaller projects: birdhouses. To Baker, the challenge is in building houses that are as interesting to people as they are to the birds.

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Backyard Chickens

Backyard Chickens

Small flocks of chickens, once a staple of just about every farm in America, all but disappeared from the rural fabric in the ‘50s and ‘60s. But today, the livestock our grandparents were only happy to give up is now eagerly embraced by a new generation.

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    All Aboard!

    All Aboard!

    Rose bushes are the focal point of many backyard gardens; Koi ponds might highlight others. The centerpiece of Peter and Nancy Eaton’s backyard, though, is the Derby Line, Vt., couple’s garden railway display, anchored by a handmade 11-foot-diameter wooden trestle.

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      From Grapes To Glass

      From Grapes To Glass

      There are two rules in Terry Sullivan’s glass studio-blowing studio: stay out of the way, and don’t touch anything. “Glass is continual problem-solving,” says Sullivan. “Right from the gather, you set up problems you’ll be correcting for throughout the piece.”

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