The Bird House Maker Competition is Back for Design Week

Open House

Doors open at 4 pm
auction Bidding closes at 8:30 pm

Tuesday, April 19
at Tillamook Station.
Free and open to everyone

We are celebrating our fourth year at Design Week with an Open House and the return of our anticipated bird house maker competition/auction. We used to call the event Put a Bird It, but this year, we've dubbed in an Open House - for birds and people. 

Our Open House will feature 40 custom birdhouses crafted by local artists, makers and designers. All the houses will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting The Right Brain Initiative, a Portland-based arts education advocacy program supporting K-8 students. We raised $13,000 for Arts and Music Education in 2014.


Designer Dave Seldon took home our top prize during our last Design Week bird house auction. He's back this year, but can he keep his title?

“Supporting our local design community and makers of all ages is at the heart of WeMake’s outreach and events. This project formally known as Put A Bird In It may be taking on a new name, but the spirit remains the same—raise money for a good cause and make something awesome. A birdhouse is the perfect platform to interpret through various creative mediums and genres."

The competing builders are:

Sean Garrison and Wesley Younie
Aby Henry
Niles Snyder
Team FINE: Carin, Michelle, and North
Jeff Lawber
Claire Bandfield
Paul Anders
Charles "Mac" Macavoy and Carin Pike
Heather Champ
Team KindlingCo: Stephen Bamford, Ryan Mowery, and Joe Vernon
Matt Radosevich and Maren Salomon
Team Sky Burial: Alain Bally and Erik Berglund
Matthew Barry
Revive Upholstery & Design
Ryan Geels and Yasmin Stewart
Lizzie Falkenstein and Ryan Everson
Bret Hodgert
Team R/GA: Ben Williams, Rachel Starnes and Rachael Mitnick

Emmanuel Carrillo
Intel Security - Johnny Levenson
Team Evolve Collaborative
Team Gravitate
Eric Delph
Hallie Walker
Steve Ewoldt
Elizabeth Goss
Noah Twining
Rory Phillips
Amy Ruppel
BT Livermore and Kayla Carlson
Dave Selden
Mark Caneso
Keith Carter
Halle Cisco
Erika Lee Sears
Taylored Curiosities
Dave Hagen
Chris Streger
Sophya Vidal

Judging this year's competition will be a panel of esteemed judges from the bird, design and film worlds.  Prizes will be awarded to winning bird houses in the following categories:

  • Home Sweet Home 
  • Most Fly Crib 
  • Bird Brain
  • Cuckoo Award 
  • Peacock Award
  • Birdy Dream House 

This Open House is also a chance to meet the people of WeMake in our HQ during Design Week's NE Portland Open Studio Tour. Golden Rule Design is once again operating the press, so bring a t-shirt or buy one on site and you can pull the screen for free all while moving to the sounds of our in-house DJ. The auction bidding closes at 8:30 pm. 

Take a look at the houses from 2014.