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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Tin Tiles with Hooks ceiling tile, ceiling tin, sam cheek, wall hanging,
Tin Tiles with Hooks Price: $45.00
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: $40.00
Availability: In Stock
Item #: 984 -

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.

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.  They come in a variety of colors and can be used for decoration or to hold magnets.

White Washed Music Box Church- Ave Maria sam cheek, music box church, ave maria, church hymn, gift, wood church
White Washed Music Box Church- Ave Maria Price: $29.00
Availability: In Stock
Item #: 895 -

Sam Cheek creates each music box from regional wood and tin roof tiles. The song for this church is Ave Maria. These small hand-crafted churches are very popular as wedding and baby shower gifts.