Macon County

Bird Houses & Mixed Media

Sam Cheek grew up in the backwoods of Tennessee; a background that he feels greatly influences his artwork. From early childhood, he drew cartoons and painted, and furthered his education at Middle Tennessee State with a minor in art. After many years working overseas with environmental companies, Sam moved to Alabama where he eventually retired. His studio houses many of his creations and he hopes to expand by opening a gallery in Notasulga that will showcase not only his work, but also that of various artists around the country.

Sam’s son gave his father a box of small tools and balsa wood several years ago and told him to “make something”. What began as a humble hobby has grown into a steady business that provides Sam the opportunity to sell his unique birdhouses all over the world. Built to resemble old stores, buildings, homes, and churches, these award-winning creations are original pieces of artwork that incorporate recycled materials with a vivid imagination and artistic flair.

Sam’s artwork is also available at his studio in Notasulga, at the Southern Crossings in Opelika, the Foley Art Museum, and the Rattling Gourd in Loachapoka.

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White Washed Music Box Church white, washed, church, music, box
White Washed Music Box Church Price: $27.00
Availability: In Stock
Item #: 893 -

Sam Cheek creates each music box from regional wood and tin roof tiles. A variety of songs are available, including: Jesus Loves Me, Amazing Grace, Little Brown Church, Rock of Ages, and How Great Thou Art. Please call before ordering at 682-9878 or email us at for the songs we currently have in stock.These small hand-crafted churches are very popular as wedding and baby shower gifts.

Tin Tiles with Hooks
Tin Tiles with Hooks Price: $39.00
Availability: In Stock
Item #: 3103 -

Measuring 12" square, Sam Cheek's repurposed antique ceiling tiles (with hooks) could become a coat rack, a towel hanger or a place to hang your keys. These tiles are available in several different colors, and would make a great addition to any room in your home or office.Please call us at 682-9878 or email us at to ask about what colors we currently have available. ...

Small Birdhouse with Front Step small, birdhouse, front, step, Sam, Cheek
Small Birdhouse with Front Step Price: $39.00
Availability: In Stock
Item #: 890 -

With this birdhouse, your yard will be the hot-spot for all the birds in the neighborhood. Available in a variety of beautiful colors, this house measures 15" tall and 6" deep, complete with a spire and an ornate painted "tin roof." Birds will be lining up to rest on the front step of this one-of-a-kind property! Please contact for information on available colors.

Noahs Ark Birdhouse Planter Noahs, ark, birdhouse, planter, Sam, Cheek
Noah's Ark Birdhouse Planter Price: $79.00
Availability: In Stock
Item #: 476 -

This wonderful piece is both a birdhouse to bring wildlife to your yard and a planter to place beautiful and colorful flowers around your yard. The birdhouse planter is very sturdy and will make a beautiful collection of wooden art. Own this piece by a well-known local artist today!

12x12 Tin ceiling tile, ceiling tin, sam cheek, wall hanging
12x12 Tin Price: $35.00
Availability: In Stock
Item #: 4103 -

These 12" x 12" tins are reclaimed metal ceiling tiles hand painted and re-purposed by artist Sam Cheek.