Last time I chatted about my chair project I was awaiting the arrival of my paracord. Once the paracord arrived, I got started wrapping it front to back on the chair frame. About two inches in I realized the side rungs were at a bit of an angle so I would have to work in gaps on each side. I unwrapped the paracord and started again with better results.
Then my piece of paracord ran out, and I needed to start a new piece. A traditional knot just won’t hold it together because the paracord is too slippery. I watched a few Youtube videos and found @gkparacorduk on Twitter to help me learn to tie a better knot. I practiced the techniques shown in the videos, and after a few tries, I got a knot that seems like it will hold up for a while.
I finished wrapping the paracord left to right across the chair taking great care to start leaving gaps at the right time on the right to match the left side. I finished up by weaving the first cross row. I’m very excited to see the progress and can’t wait to get back to it and finish the weaving.
I was thinking about what we learned in the first week of my grad class while I was working. We learned in our reading that, “Experts have acquired a great deal of content knowledge that is organized in ways that reflect a deep understanding of their subject matter” (Bransford, Brown, & Cocking, 2000, p. 31). I am not near an expert level at this stage, but I have hope to get there by the time I finish the fourth chair.
Bransford, J., Brown, A.L. & Cocking, R.R. (Eds.). (2000). How people learn: Brain, mind, experience and school. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. Retrieved from https://www.nap.edu/read/9853