Good Questions from Curious People - #1

I had a curious parent ask a great question in an email.  I was inspired to start a FAQ category for articles and I thought i would share this one with everyone.  Darren's email was as follows;

"I don't understand just how your Apprentice Path will help in my city for my 18 year old son in Texas.  But Please let me know how.


My response is below;

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Progress on Website and Courses

For those visiting for the first time I wanted to give an update on the progress and structure of the site.   There are three basic types of courses/classes.  There are:

1. Construction Courses - Full length, multiple-lesson courses involving multiple topics. (i.e... How to Build Your Own Home)

2. Quick Classes - Short, one lesson classes usually on just one topic (i.e... How to Lay Out A Stair).

3. Apprentice Path - 12 month program with monthly lessons and assignments.

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The Life Cycle of an Artisan

We are now searching for apprentice candidates for our mentoring program.  There is a lot to do and explain so I created this graphic of what we want to do.  The idea is that we mentor those who want to make the construction industry their career, through these phases.  This philosophy will work with just about any profession and we plan to adapt it as we go along so if you have any interest in seeing this be successful, please contact me here.  I am excited about the possibilities.

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The Philosophy


The philosophy of an artisan is very complex.  It is so complex that I am writing a book about it.  But in a nutshell; the philosophy states that a student of construction and design should strive to learn every day so there is never a time when you are not learning.   This keeps the artisan humble but mature in his or her abilities.   This approach also encourages planning and reinforces the need for good design.   It also reinforces the idea of using good materials for the job even if they may not be readily available.   The artisan is always thinking about he or she can improve and how the project can be improved.  An artisan does not develop habits that get repeated on every project unless they have been thought through again and are the best solution for that particular job.

The relationships between the artisan, owner or customer and other contractors are also discussed.  The culture of the project should be that artisans working on the project are respected.  Of course, the artisan has a natural respect for all people but this culture of respect for the work and the people around you is what drives the quality of the work.  

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"How to Build Your Own Home" Course Coming Soon!

I am now developing this course which will be an extensive course that takes you into every aspect of building a home.  You will learn about site acquisition, planning, design, budgeting and the actual construction process. The course will include how-to videos, sample forms and SketchUp videos.  It will help you develop a philosophy for you project that will lead it to completion.

We can also create custom how-to videos for your specific needs.  Contact us here for this and other services.



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