What did I do last weekend?, June 20, 2016

Our lives are complex and the roles we play in them are often intermingled. Father, grandfather, carpenter…..you get the picture!

This past weekend, I went to visit my daughter, son-in-law and grandson with the expressed  goal of constructing a play structure. Should not be a problem, right? Ha!!

There were only about 1000 parts and pieces, a 45 page instruction manual and the daunting recommended timeframe of 1-2 days. All to be done in the first heatwave of the year: 31 degrees Celsius each day.

I won’t bore you with all the steps, but it reminded me of the story of the guy who took apart his watch, and after putting it back together had a working watch, but with a couple of screws and a spring left over….

In this case, we had to bring the most important skill of “problem-solving” to the task, as most steps required a bit of head-scratching and educated guessing to complete. As usual, we adapted and created to complete the project in under 6 hours – but with a lot of sweat and horseflies. I am happy to report that our modifications were improvements to the project!


Fortunately, there was a pool and some cold beverages at the end of the day!



About jhcarpentry

I am a teacher in the Construction Carpentry Program at the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre (CVCEC) for the New Frontiers School board. This blog is a way for me to connect with my students.
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