After lunch on Sunday, there was a member’s meeting to get feedback on the program from the Apprentices and Journeyworkers. The group looked back at the year past and ahead to the coming year. Time tracking continues to be a challenge, but several solutions were offered. The pre-event exercises were well received and it was agreed to try and distribute quarterly rounds of “homework” to the apprentices. Rigging and raising was tentatively chosen as the focus for next year’s annual gathering, location yet to be determined.
Dinner and Jake Amadon’s graduation ceremony were out on the town, at a local Mexican restaurant that has been in the Old Town area of Fort Collins for many years. The food was almost as good as the camaraderie, as friends got a chance to really catch up after the many hours of classroom focus.
A debt of gratitude goes out to Adrian Jones and the Frameworks crew for shutting down their shop on Friday and sharing their ‘home’ all weekend. A big thanks goes to Jeanie Sutter for organizing the food and lodging for all the folks from out of town. The Timber Framers’ Guild has long developed a culture of contribution, and the Apprenticeship Program is no different, building on the willingness of members to share what they know as well as opening up their homes to traveling learners and friends. These contributions make it all possible.