|My first Swift|
When I saw one and then bought one, I knew I could make this thing called "swift." I bought the wood, enough for four it turns out, and cut it to dimensions. Then I shaped it--all four of them. Sanding and smoothing came next. The Things I get to do today will see me finishing the first one.
Which brings me to a quote from Confucius adapted for woodworkers, "By three methods we may learn wisdom (woodworking): First by reflection (seeing the process completely before beginning), which is noblest; Second, by imitation (watch Hubby demonstrate), which is easiest; and Third, by experience (learn as you go), which is the bitterest."
Somehow as I drilled the holes in all the parts of this swift that needed holes, I thought of my comment to Hubby last night that I would have him show me how to use his mini drill press device so I could learn by imitation. But today I moved directly to experience which, though it was not really bitter, was a bit disappointing.
Whoopee! I have three more that will benefit from what I've learned so far. And as you can well see, this one looks pretty darn good regardless of its being my lesson book.