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Platforms Finished, On to the Tower

Makers (Winter 2014)Sean Murray

We started the session by finishing the second drawbridge platform. Carpentry, for our older, more experienced team, is fairly easy.

Planning exactly what we're going to build, however, is hard. Said another way, drills and chop saws are straightforward, and tell us exactly how to use them. Pencils and paper ask more of us and our imagination.

We drew possibilities for our drawbridge's towers for a solid fifteen minutes--a huge amount of sustained focus.

We've realized the chain of dependent events in construction, and have drawn the elements up next in greatest detail, with increasing room for flexibility/response to emerging problems down the road.

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