When I get asked why I like Spontaneous Construction (SponCon), I inevitably say because it is such a unique event. It is challenging; it is a difficult test of your skills, creativity, and craftsmanship. It is so different from other Missoula events. Yes it is a building competition (I am not aware of any others), but the competition is not really with the other teams, but with yourself. I love building things and every year I challenge myself to build something and unique out of discarded materials.What a day. SponCon 2014 is done, and it didn't disappoint. It is always demanding and exhausting. I look forward to it every year.
|All our tools, supplies, and dreams loaded into the truck on our way to SponCon|
|Moments before the competition began- team Butterfly Properties, me and my beautiful wife.|
Around noon, with a non-functioning welder, for what I had planned to be primarily a welding project (!), I came to terms with the fact I wouldn't be able to complete a project. I was incredibly disappointed. I had looked forward to this day for so long, and I was afraid of letting everyone down. In retrospect I realized that there was the challenge this year, and this is why this event is so difficult- one thing goes wrong, and time keeps going by. This is why I enjoy this event so much- you put yourself into a difficult and unique situation, and you just don't know what is going to happen.
I ended up borrowing a welder from one of the most talented SponCon builders, and former Home ReSource employees, Jimmy Willet (pictured on the left below).
|Jimmy Willet (on left), the man that saved SponCon for me, and his teammate Josh Decker|
|Back in the game|
|Our completed potting bench|
It is made for the garden, so appropriately, it is made of garden tools and adorned with a couple of insects, a lady bug (whose feet are also tool hooks) and a long horned beetle, made from various shovels and diggers.
It was a long, exhausting day, and I am already looking forward to next year.
|Miles and Marilyn after a long day of SponCon|