Good day ladies and gentlemen. My first post besides my introduction. As a complete novice, I'm going to be asking a lot of questions that may seem simple. Because I have little experience, I'm starting small and a few months back, my wife said she would like a bird feeder, so I'm gonna surprise her. What I'm wanting to know is how to finish something like a bird feeder or house so that it looks natural but is still protected, to withstand being outside in this bipolar Midwest weather. Thank you all.