Meet Gil Toro Irizarry
I began keeping birds from a very early age. My first bird was a Parakeet. I left a window open one day, and he flew out [therein learning my first lesson as a bird owner]. Finches became a passion a few years later, then at the age of ten, I was introduced to the pigeon fancy. Pigeons opened up a whole new world of athletic birds used in flying competitions and the show ring. Keeping, breeding and flying pigeons was a wonderful experience, which I enjoyed off and on for the next twenty years.
In my late twenties, I was owner of my first business, “Junior’s Pet Center.” It was a full line pet store, which included the sale of birds, bird seed, and cages. I bought and sold Canaries, Finches, Parrots, and all the usual animals found in pet shops. It was there that I made friends with a customer, who introduced me to Canary and Finch breeding. He took me under his wing and taught me what I needed to know to be a successful breeder. Years later, I opened an aviary in Florida, which was my first breeding business for mostly Canaries and Lady Gouldian Finches. I also bought and sold other species of Finches. I bred mostly color-bred Canaries, appreciating the vast variety of colors available. I also bred Belgian Waterslager for their unique and beautiful song. It did not take long before I was forever hooked on Canaries and Finches. Birds have been such a great joy in my life, that it would be hard to imagine a world without birds.
About Caribbean Bird Cage Company
Maker of Finely Crafted Wood and Wire Luxury Bird Cages
I have always been attracted to old world style wood and wire canary bird cages. I once visited a breeder who had twenty or so of these cages. I asked him if he would be interested in selling one or two of them to me; he said no, he could not part with them, not even one. I totally understood how he felt, as they were hard to come by, after all. Nevertheless, I still wanted to own several of these cages badly. I continued to search and ask anyone who might know where I could find them, without success. Then one day it finally came to me. I decided to embark on a new venture, and I began to build my own wood and wire bird cages. I made improvements to the old world style cages, and created new models and designs. I quickly went to work to establish "Caribbean Bird Cage Company" Maker of Finely Crafted Wood and Wire Luxury Bird Cages. Hand made in America. Beauty and quality; the antique cages of the future.
I began building them out of pine, alder, and hemlock, then one day I asked myself, what can I do to be different? Domestic and exotic hardwoods was a big part of the answer. I also made in-shop base and crown mouldings, finished with several coats of hand rubbed, Tung Oil finish.
I select the finest woods available with special attention to the character of the natural wood grains and to the natural and unique design of each piece of lumber. Hardwoods: Walnut, Mahogany, Figured Maple, Sapele, Alder, Cherry, and Baltic Birch Plywood. I use 1/16 gauge wire made of high quality solid stainless steel. The hinges and latches are all made of brass and steel.
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