In the summer of 2015 I had the unique opportunity to take my skilled trade abroad to West Africa. A nongovernmental organization (NGO) called the Himalayan Institute (HI) was looking for a plumber to help train local staff and perform repairs on their 10,000 square foot building. They were gearing up to host a guided […]
There’s no doubt about it, qualified, skilled tradespeople are a hot commodity these days. Can you find an aspect of civilization that doesn’t depend upon them? There’s not one career out there that doesn’t depend on the foundation skilled tradespeople have built. Tradespeople provide the framework many professionals, including doctors, psychologists and IT professionals, need to do their jobs. Tradespeople are the […]
The beauty of the trades is that it opens the door for you to pursue other interests. Whether you ride the half pipe on four wheels or launch off it on powder, the trades give you wings—wings that will take you farther than Redbull. I’m talking about freedom, the kind of freedom riding a Harley strapped […]
It’s a Trades’ Life Your shower drips at night and keeps you awake. You run out of hot water during your morning shower. Your sink won’t drain. While having breakfast you notice a brown stain on your white popcorn ceiling—it matches your coffee. Whatever it is, there’s always something a plumber can do for you. […]
“Do well in school or you’ll end up working on a construction site,” say parents to their highschooler, while flicking on a light as they enter inside their house; a house someone built for them that use to be a construction a site. Irony becomes even clearer when you see ‘drop out’ Johnny ten years […]
There was a time hard physical work was respected. When laboring with your hands meant something of pride, self-reliance, and ingenuity. Hands to work provided the means to make for yourself, your family, your community, and your country. Getting dirty brought satisfaction to a job well done.