A Perfect Fit

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

(Ephesians 4:16, NLT)
A close-up of a wooden puzzle, hand-carved by Spencer Michalski at RivenJoiner.com.
A close-up of a wooden puzzle, hand-carved by Spencer Michalski at RivenJoiner.com.

Gift-giving holidays in this family, like birthdays and Christmas, are like a little workshop-laboratory for the kids! They think of ideas to make for each other, and then we often embark on an adventure of figuring out how to make that gift-idea into a reality.

When Spencer decided that he wanted to make wooden puzzles for his brother and sister, his first impression was that it would be pretty simple. Draw up a design, transfer the design onto a piece of wood, and carefully cut along all of the lines. No problem!

Spencer Michalski, the artist behind the hand-carved wooden puzzles at RivenJoiner.com.

But in practice, he learned a valuable lesson. The saw has a kerf, or thickness, and that thickness is removed every time you cut between two pieces. And when you draw a puzzle onto a piece of wood and cut it out by hand, you end up with gaps, and your pieces don’t fit properly. No matter how careful your design, and no matter how careful your cuts, you just can’t start from the whole puzzle and slice it it into its parts.

What he had discovered, of course, was true in both woodworking and in life: each piece must be individually crafted for the best fit!

…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house…

(1 Peter 2:5, BSB)

And so he returned to the workshop with a new plan – cutting each piece separately according to his design, fitting them as he went, building them all into a finished whole.

A hexagon wooden puzzle, hand-carved by Spencer Michalski at RivenJoiner.com.
A star-shaped wooden puzzle, hand-carved by Spencer Michalski at RivenJoiner.com.

And, of course, suffering setbacks, learning a new way, and trying again is always a great lesson in perseverance and steadfastness! Weeping may endure for the night…

Woodworking lessons…Life lessons…Lessons in God’s eternal truths ~ that’s kids-in-the-workshop!

by Sydney Michalski


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