My father was an awesome carpenter. He built my sister her dining table and chairs. He built a dining table for me from an old wardrobe and some tank-stand timber. He built, for each member of the family, many things whether they were toys or coffee tables, money boxes or hall tables, picture frames or stools. He loved making use of recycled timber and received more joy from that than if he used “new” wood. He learned his trade in the Royal Air Force and he went on to become a pilot. He finished his career in the Air Force as a Flight Lieutenant.
The point of mentioning my father’s work as a carpenter is to make the link with my attempt at carpentry today. Dad used hand tools, none of these electric things!
Today I was using an electric jigsaw to cut out some timber to make a chook. (That’s a chicken for the non-Australian folks!) I haven’t really attempted carpentry apart from making picture frames so it was with a bit of trepidation that I attempted this woodwork today.
I had drawn the chook on the timber,which was “new” not recycled, and I had read the instructions for the use of the jigsaw. I had also watched on this blog, a video on how to use a jigsaw so I felt I was well prepared. Might I say it all looks a great deal easier than it actually is. I did get the chook cut out but boy was it looking a bit rough. The pieces at the top are the wings and will go on either side. The chook will also have a base so that it can stand up!
I will let you see the finished article when it eventually gets finished – that is if it is of a presentable standard! Tomorrow I need to spend some time in the garden doing some much needed weeding.