Travel theme: wood
There are two derivatives of the term journeyman.
1. In Canada, to become a journeyed trades person usually requires a rigorous 3 to 5 year on-the-job apprenticeship and about 4 months of traditional classroom studies.
2. Historically, journey carpenters often travelled to remote locations to build the infrastructure of canals and railways, the damns and power grids, and the bridges and highways that the modern world has become dependent on.
This past October of 2013, I travelled away from home (during the week) and completed a structure that illustrates the theme of travel and wood, albeit on a much smaller scale.
Here is the boat shed I helped build for a small local logging company.
A POINT OF CONCERN:
In 1955 the industrialist H.R. MacMillan, gave a precaution about corporate mergers in the forest industry of British Columbia.
MacMillan Bloedel became one Canada’s largest forest companies, with assets in Europe, UK, and throughout North America. In 1999, it was bought by the American company Weyerhaeuser which is now one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands. It owns or controls more than 6 million acres of timberlands, primarily in the U.S., and manages another 14 million acres under long-term licenses in Canada. (sources – Wikipedia)
In 1973 the economist E.F. Schumacher wrote: “Today, we suffer from an almost universal idolatry of gigantism. It is therefore necessary to insist on the virtue of smallness, where this applies.” (pg. 54 -Small is Beautiful)
BUILDING A BOATSHED
A bit of a paradox . . . and it is a rather large boat.
The post and beams of yellow cedar.
The site built trusses
Bracing the trusses
The gambrel roof
Red cedar board and battens
The doors were built in place
The finished building
Viewed from the estuary
In terms of the earth’s present collective crises, I’ll leave you with a quote to ponder from Carl Jung:
“The greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally unsolvable –
they are only outgrown.”
Peace to all – Bruce