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