Barn Wood Birch Branch Hook Rack
The heavy snow and ice from this past winter left several downed limbs and branches around our property. I love White Birch, so any time I come across a fallen one I try to find ways to repurpose the pieces.
When I saw how sturdy the branches were on this limb I knew I could use it to hold household items of some sort. This was quite a long piece, allowing me to save the rest for a future project. This wood remnant came from a barn that was built in the 18th century. I’m not completely sure but it appears that the marks on it were made from the sawblade used at the time. I find that so interesting. If you don’t have old barn wood any scrap would do and could be easily distressed with a hammer.
I started by choosing the sections of the limb that had the sturdiest branches coming off from it and marked them accordingly with a Sharpie. I sawed the pieces just shy of the height of the barn wood, paying attention to ensure that the branch “hooks” would line up somewhat in the middle of the wood. Next I trimmed down the branches to the length I wanted and positioned the pieces across the board to where I thought it would look best. I then marked two spots under each piece for where I wanted my screws to go.
I didn’t want the screws to show on the limb pieces so I drilled holes on the front where I had made my marks in order to give me a guide on the back side for the 2″ wood screws to go. I partially screwed them in, stopping just when they started poking through the front of the barn wood. At this point I held each limb piece firmly against the wood with one hand while I finished driving the screw all the way in and repeated the process for the rest of the pieces.
I wanted the branch hooks to be at varying heights, I feel this gives it a less deliberate, more natural feel.
I love the way this little project turned out. My son does too, so much so that he declared he would like to have it in his room for his plush owls to perch on when I’m done using it! If you decide to make one for yourself I’d love to hear about it! As always, thanks for stopping by and spending a little time here!