Squaring, Sheathing, Straightening, and Standing Up Walls Workshop
Andrea, Max, Ryan D. and Ryan W. came to school today to learn the skills needed to be site leaders for the process of getting a framed and sheathed wall standing up, plumb and straight using concrete form aligners. They learned a large amount lot of very detailed technical knowledge and the skills needed to put a very well built wall.
During the process of instruction, I realized how many little things had to be learned for this group of students to be successful in being able to exercise real leadership when we are working on our house. Certain students are gaining my respect for going above the minimum. Having a controlled classroom environment in which to teach today was invaluable, especially since it was cold and blustery outside.
On the house we will build, we have the advantage of framing two floors of walls which should give these students ample time to become very comfortable with the craftsmanship so that they can enjoy the teamwork and building parts of what we do. I think their experience will be like riding a bicycle. One doesn't really enjoy riding a bike when that skill is being learned. It is only when the rider can ride without thinking of staying upright that one truly can enjoy the experience of bicycling.
Two students have gone through the complete wall framing workshops, Andrea and Max, both of whom I believe can lead an entire cycle of wall bulding and raising. It should be fun to see to see if our class can be self-actualized learners or will they, through years of being told exactly what to do in school, be looking for me to be the leader. I hope they can and want to lead.
After the students were done, they deconstructed the walls, stored the parts and got the floor deck ready for our class sessions this week on standing up trusses and sheathing a roof deck.