Young artisans build homes for their feathered friends

Ryan Washburn, right, showed off his finished birdhouse. Photos by Kara Wilbeck

KENT — Six teams of parents and children huddled around workbenches on Saturday, March 12, at the Build a Birdhouse workshop at the First Congregational Church in Kent.

The workshop was part of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau’s FYI Series, which hosts an intergenerational workshop in a different Region One town every month.

The workshops are often led by Falls Village teacher and craftsman Joe Brien, who also teaches privately through his Lost Art Workshops.

Brien’s focus is on teaching his students how to do things “they way they were done in the old days,” he said.

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