Making things

I made my daughter a toy tree house thing for Christmas out of old firewood (and a slice of cedar donated by a neighbour). It’s a bit clunky in places — “rustic” shall we say? But I probably enjoyed making this, over a few weeks of lunchtimes and evenings, more than anything I’ve done for a long time.

Figuring out a little pulley wheel
Glue-up
Coming together…
Ready to go on Christmas Eve.

I don’t think I’ll give up the day job just yet, and I think I’ll replace the top platforms at some point (the wood is not in good condition, made more obvious by the oil finish). But it’s been a huge hit – so far it’s been played with every day. I can’t ask more than that.

Author: Neil Madden

Security Director at ForgeRock. Experienced software engineer with a PhD in computer science. Interested in application security, applied cryptography, logic programming and intelligent agents.