There is a scene in the movie, ‘The Patriot’ where Mel Gibson’s character (based on the real life revolution Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox) looks at a rocking chair in the enemy’s office. He is at the beginning of a vital negotiation but instead – he is looking at the rocking chair. Earlier in the movie, he has been working on building a chair and his barn was filled with broken, failed attempts (or, ways not to build a chair).
I remember the first time I built a piece of furniture.
It was a daunting task – the measurements, the angles, the loads, the physical aspect of actually assembling my own chair.
And the failure. The slow irritation at my inability to make a chair…how hard can it be?