I came into construction under my great-grandfather, grandfather, and father. These were all strong willed opinionated, highly skilled men that worked by their own rules.There was a vast amount of freedom and individuality in the trades. These men didn't fit into a time schedule or corporate mentality. They would climb off the scaffolds at lunch and read the paper while having a beer and eating fresh meats and vegetables. It was precisely this rugged individualistic craftsmanship that made it so difficult for Ford to find workers willing to endure the mundane work of the assembly line that offered no personal pride in the product being created.
These men inspired me to follow in their footsteps. I was on the job-sites as a child and learned to admire the character, and honest integrity of these men that judged themselves more harshly than any other dared to. Tools could be left out for days and they would still be there when you returned. You never had to justify yourself to another because everyone knew that you were a person to be trusted and relied upon.
The very thought of bringing a child to the job-site will bring lawyers and insurers running from every corner of the woodwork. The idea of setting your own work schedules based upon your own desire to complete a project or the commitment of a handshake will cause coronary distress for college educated managers that exist to complete the paperwork and submit the reports electronically 5 minutes before deadline. The climate has changed and like the dinosaur the true individualistic craftsman is becoming as extinct as the concept of honor and personal responsibility.
Guild Log and Timber