- Michael Dutko, a resident of Hilliard, Ohio, helped solve his neighbors’ squirrel problem by creating a gathering place for furry animals.
- Dutko designed what he calls “The Nutty Bar,” a wooden structure that looks like a real bar – but instead of beer, he dispenses nuts like cashews and almonds.
- A carpenter by hobby, Dutko spent over 16 hours designing, building and sanding the bar and posted a YouTube video of the process on August 7.
- After receiving an overwhelming response on social media, Dutko told Insider that he had filed for a patent on “The Nutty Bar” and that he planned to sell the structures for between $ 175 and $ 200.
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In what started as an act of good neighborly kindness, one man ended up creating an entire outdoor “bar” just for the squirrels.
Dutko, a hobby carpenter, decided to create the squirrel structure after his neighbors in Hilliard, Ohio, struggled with birding with too many rodents.
“I noticed my neighbor and her daughter were watching the birds through binoculars, and they were really getting down to it, but the squirrels kept getting in their way,” Dutko told Insider.
Dutko began building the outer structure of the squirrel – which he is now nicknamed “The Nutty Bar” – in mid-July.
At “The Nutty Bar”, instead of clinking beer glasses, furry animals can sit and enjoy pistachios, cashews, almonds and other legumes and nuts.
Dutko documented his creative process in a video he posted to his YouTube channel on August 7.
Many YouTube users were mesmerized by Dutko’s video, and some commented on his meticulous carpentry skills.
“It was one of the cutest things I have ever seen. It’s time for the squirrels to have their own hangout, ”one user wrote.
Dutko said the construction process took around 16 hours. He spent five and a half hours chopping wood, eight hours designing and building, and three hours painting and finishing it.
Dutko’s Squirrel Bar has cleverly named beer-inspired offerings including Cashew Dunkel, Peanut Pilsner, Almond Ale, Pistachio Pale Ale, Walnut Sout, Sunflower Saison and Pecan Porter.
The structure is complete with a gendered restroom sign, which Dutko said he jokingly titled “Nuts” and “No Nuts”.
Since sharing his detailed squirrel structure, Dutko has generated a lot of interest in “The Nutty Bar” and has decided to file a patent application for the product. It is currently patent pending.
Dutko plans to sell the creations between $ 175 and $ 200 and continue to build unique structures as part of his small business.
Perhaps more importantly, Dutko said the backyard “bar” made his bird-watching neighbors very happy.