By Peggy Ryden, Becketwood Member
While visiting the Member’s Workshop admiring Leif Duus magically transform a block of wood into a figure, Roger casually asked: “Have you ever made a pig with wings?” and showed him his business card with a flying pig. Leif chuckled and said “No.” The next week we overheard a conversation in the Workshop and it went roughly like this: “Leif is looking for a template to put wings on a pig,” with an accompanying chuckle. The gauntlet had been thrown; there might be a winged pig in Roger’s future!
Knowing that Leif works in the shop a couple days a week, we casually stopped by a week or so later. He smiled upon seeing us and with a bit of a twinkle in his eye produced a little bundle from his bag. Could it be? Indeed it was the beginning of a flying pig. With the help of his daughter, Leif had gotten a flat silhouette that he had begun to translate into a three- dimensional wooden figurine. Calmly, Leif said he had more work to do.
The next visit to the Workshop the flying pig had become really refined, with a few more details to be worked out: a little curled tail, the wood’s final finish and a stand to elevate the figure (it is a flying pig after all). The following week we met back at the Workshop as the pig was complete. Leif had felt a personal challenge to see if he could create a pig with wings and Roger was fortunate to now have a flying pig. I was again reminded of the benefits of living at Becketwood: meeting great people with very diverse talents who graciously share them with others.