class of 2012

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Project by jjempson posted 07-22-2012 07:14 AM 2843 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this has been one hell of a project,,,,,but the most rewarding.
this has been my practical class of young apprentice carpenters ….they have been making a whole variety of small projects and joints….this is their 1st year….in September they will start on their level 2 nvq/diploma…
what you can see here is a small project that they all enjoyed,,,i set them the task to construct a cut and pitch roof…small scale….they will do a full size roof at the end of level 3….by themselves…
they started with a wall plate and together we all worked out the pitch and run….followed by all the plumb and seat cuts….to help the students ( who all worked in pairs ) i also worked on my own scaled roof….being 2 vs 1….i had to work like crazy to keep ahead….once the rafters had been cut joists and sections for the soffit and fascia fitted and all the little sprockets fitted on each rafter the final sections were fitted…
i would like to say along side my friend adam who i worked closely along side who taught the theory side of this class we are both proud…..sorry….erm…..VERY PROUD of this class…so people of the UK…get ready for some skilled carpenters coming your way soon….once they survived level 2….we aint gunna make it easy for you…( cue evil laugh and rubbing of hands) self is the lump in blue in the main pic…adam is in the white football top.

-- jjempson

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 08:24 AM

Anytime you’re getting youth involved in our world it’s a good thing. Thank you for being a teacher.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-22-2012 11:42 AM

This is a very good thing. Congratulations on a successful year.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 07-22-2012 01:44 PM

Nice One

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 07-22-2012 01:46 PM

There is nothing more rewarding than working with your hands to create something cool.

Carpentry is hard work but the pay is good, you stay in shape and get even get a nice tan! There is an element of artistry that you don’t get as a plumber or electrician.

If you show up on time if not 10 min. early, show your peers respect and listen to them, and never make it about money you will be successful in life. Don’t forget to pay it forward.

I wish all of you young men the very best in your new adventure as woodworkers.

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#5 posted 07-22-2012 01:59 PM

Nice job! Don’t waste it tho, just build a tool shed under it or a chicken coop…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 07-22-2012 03:52 PM

Great Post and nice to see! Good luck young men!!!! i went through the same program while in High School here in the US.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 07-22-2012 09:05 PM

Nice job. I learned that in high school. When I was an apprentice electrician, I discovered I knew more about a framing square than most of the carpenters on the jobs I was on ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 07-23-2012 04:49 PM

This does a heart good… Thanks for helping to get the next generation of Lumber Jocks started down the right path. Wish I would have had this opportunity when I was that age.

-- Scott in Texas

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