When Pigs Fly….

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At some point in my life my mom fell in love with, and began to collect, flying pigs.  My entire life she has been ultra creative, crafty and quite handy.  As a serial diy’er she also has a great appreciation for the creativity and craftiness of others.  I do not know if I got this trait from her genetically or if it was a product of environmental learning, but I do know exactly who my passion to make, build, craft, and create came from.  The greatest benefit of sharing this quality with my mom is that it often affords me the opportunity to have a lot of fun creating, opposed to buying gifts for her come birthday and Christmas time.  Some years back I began to learn a little welding and with my mom’s birthday a few months away I saw a good opportunity to put my developing skills to use.  I made this flying pig for her out of some old metal that I had around my shop and had a lot of fun doing it.  It is not perfect, but I did not want it to be.  I wanted it to look hand-made and somewhat crude and it does indeed.  My mom loved this gift and has it proudly displayed in the foyer of her house as shown in the picture above.  With a little creative thinking, time, and effort anyone can make gift giving more enjoyable for not only the recipient, but themselves as well.  Below are a few more pictures of the porky present.

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Below are the tools that I used to construct this flying pig.

DeWalt 4.5 inch Angle Grinder

WEN 6 inch Bench Grinder

Ryobi 18v Drill

Lincoln AC Stick Welder

Metal Cut Off Discs

Grinding Disc

Flap Disc

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Jake with tool-school.com

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3 Comments

  1. That flying pig is adorable! I raised 3 daughters, and the best gifts I ever received were those that they made themselves. I still proudly display some of the artwork they created in kindergarten and first grade. and I have a boondoggle/leather keycase my oldest made when she made when she was 8. I still keep my notary stamp in it, and carry it with me every single day.

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  1. […] This flying pig has received some pretty good pub on my site already so I will not go on and on about it too long.  I really enjoyed making this because it was a gift for my mom who collects flying pigs.  Although I had not seen them at the time when I made this pig, I have since seen not only other flying pig builds online, but animals that span from sharks to elephants and other homemade forms that have turned out awesome.  For more info on this flying pig check out this link when pigs fly. […]

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