Category Archives: Building

Andestuga: What’s in a name?

I spent the better part of a summer and fall working on the design and construction of our teardrop camper trailer. It effectively captures the vision and dreams that fueled my drive to create. In many ways it is a … Continue reading

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The Origin of Ideas

Where is the origin of ideas? How are they formed? I brought an Inventors’ Congress to Hinckley Elementary when I taught there many years ago. I had an inventor come to meet with the fifth grade. One of the comments … Continue reading

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The Power of Persistence

Over time, a slow, steady, dripping of water has the power to erode the resistant power of rock formations. I am reminded often of these metaphors from nature. On the surface building a teardrop camping trailer from scratch seems a … Continue reading

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I Need to Create

Is there an innate human need to create? This summer I assuaged  my built up stress accumulated from over exposure to the high demands of life with an immersion into my creative side. I built a camper trailer. As people … Continue reading

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Painting as Metaphor

The wrapping of our house was in bad shape – the paint was peeling, selected shakes were rotting, and roof badly in need of repair. I had put this project off for a number of years – it could no … Continue reading

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Work?

I’m tired. My muscles are worn. My face feels weathered. I worked physically harder today than I have for a long time. Yet I feel great. When is work not work? How is it that I can put in a … Continue reading

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Woodworking as Metaphor

I am building a file cabinet for my office. It strikes me an apt metaphor for what we do as teachers in the classroom. I begin with a vision, followed by making a clearly developed plan. I gather the materials … Continue reading

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Christmas Tools

My daughter is dating a young man that joined us for Christmas for the first time this year. I asked her what he might like for Christmas. She said, “He needs some basic tools for his house he is settling … Continue reading

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A Garden Cottage

I enjoy the art of building. I remember as a child helping my dad in the basement shop put this or that together. Together, we built a backyard barn/shed and a lake cabin (although the together was more him than … Continue reading

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