Becketwood Cooperative
An Active, Independent 55+ Community of Owners in Minneapolis

Yes, Pigs Can Fly

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.

Leif with his creative process tools

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.

Leif and Roger in the Workshop

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  • Maura Kolars August 23, 2018, 6:14 pm

    WOW!!! This is such a cool story!!!

  • Ruth Gaylord August 23, 2018, 10:02 pm

    I love it, Peggy!!! Thanks for sharing this inspiring story!!!!

  • Barbara White August 31, 2018, 12:47 am

    The story and Leif’s flying pig are whimsy at its best.

  • Naomi Jackson August 31, 2018, 4:41 pm

    We have so many talented people here! Thanks for sharing the story of the flying pig.

  • Sally Lofte September 2, 2018, 2:15 am

    The Flying Pig would make a fun fairy tale for children!

  • Dorothy Johnson September 3, 2018, 6:20 pm

    What a great story and delightful flying pig.

  • Dorothy Johnson September 3, 2018, 6:22 pm

    What a great story and delightful flying pig. Thank you.

  • Renetta Kidder September 7, 2018, 3:50 am

    I think the flying pig is so cool. I hope it will be in the display case sometime