You would think being a backyard birder, I’d have a bird bath. I’ve wanted one for years, and after watching a Robin hop into my neighbor’s and begin bathing, I said, “That’s it! I’m getting one.”
My local Wild Birds Unlimited store carries Massarelli’s, makers of fine cast stone statuary, garden accents, and bird baths — and still made in Hammonton, NJ!
Each piece is made by hand for unique originals
The founder and owner, Mario Massarelli, was 17 when he started the business, and still works there today. In fact, his story is the classic American Dream.
“Mario did it all – designing statuary, creating and pouring molds, retail sales, wholesale sales, even attending trade shows. There was no textbook for success here. Everything Mario did he was self-taught. He was doing something that he loved, and the business grew.”
The photo to the right is from the company’s About page — be sure to read their American Dream story.
After looking at several bird baths, I chose the one you see in the header photo. The store had several baths that weren’t made in the US, but they lacked any charm. I also liked that the Massarelli baths were one-piece versus two (less chance of the dish part falling off and breaking). And, the price was good; in fact, one of the non-US made baths was more expensive.
I love the hummingbird detailing on the pedestal, and it fits right in with my Hostas without overwhelming things. The Hostas’ little pink flower attract bees.
I could have gotten a fountain pump to keep the water “flowing,” but it was made by a company in Mexico; the store owner said they had a tendency to burn out very quickly.
The bird store owner said to add small rocks to the bath as some of the smaller birds like to stand on them versus going all in.
It can also take a couple of weeks for birds to get used to the bath and then try it out. So far, I’ve seen a Goldfinch take a drink. My neighbor’s bird bath is one giant pool party, so hopefully some of the overflow will migrate over to my bath. 😀
View the Massarelli’s company website, and their complete line of garden statuary, planters, and bird baths: www.massarelli.com
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I do this because my mission is to keep manufacturing jobs stateside. This mission is my way of giving back. We like to think our “small” choices won’t make a difference. They do.