I can’t remember if I told you the second book I was going to introduce to the SWA or CGN identity construction conversation was…
I would like to promote this “social learning network” with answers to questions like these posed to people of great literacy who have chosen to “work with their hands.”
Question. When I left the world of academics in 1974 most of my family and friends were astonished that I “would waste” my find mind and social credentials to work on roofs!
What!!!!??? they said.
When you chose to become a restoration artisans did any of your family or friends disapprove to you?
Montezon. For me it was my decision to not pursue college that I think was most judged. And I still largely feel that that judgment was somewhat justified, but I think everyone including myself and my family understands retrospectively that the path I chose was largely the right one for me.
As time goes on and more and more people are shackled with student debt that they find themselves unable to repay, and more and more job posts are “12/hr starting, must have college degree”, and the shortage of people with trade experience grows, I think there is beginning to be more acceptance.
For me, I was always drawn to tangible work, and I always desired a certain self sufficiency that comes with the knowledge of how to build and grow and harvest and work with ones hands. I have since learned that no man stands alone, and while I never desired to stand alone, I wished to have the ability to if necessary.
It is sort of funny and ironic to evaluate my own life transpiring; I find myself doing the very shit that I hated in high school, in order to be a better person and a better business owner. I find myself missing the tangible work element at this point. In a few years I intend to lay out my time in a way that is more enjoyable and fulfilling to me in a more balanced way.
The World of Wood is part of a series Emmanuel Pratt inspired called
To be continued
Indispensable prop and tool for your various performance arts and enterprise experiments
Making them and using them is good for your mental and physical health
Teaches Us How To Drill and Fasten
Fits In A Car
Strong and Comfortable
Workbench and play bench
Infinite do-it-yourself refinements
You can teach your friends to make them
Might even make and sell them to your family and friends for some pocket money or more
Somos una universidad, granja, taller, ágora … y un Tulpa de la Madre Tierra.
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4. Feedback Loops
I hope you will join in a conversation advancing collaboration experiments with engaged professors, urban agrarians, restoration artisans, and artists, connecting the South Side of Chicago, North Sides of Milwaukee and Lexington.
Diverse Restoration “Guild” of Roofers, Carpenters, and Urban Farmers
“Wastes to resources” is the motto of the Sweet Water Foundation I, Josh Fraundorf, and Emmanuel Pratt co-founded in 2010.
Our old city housing stock, empty lots, and young and old lifetime learners are resources we hope to harvest with you and yours.
This 2 minute film which features our “partner” Danny Glover provides evidence of the possibilities of our hoped for collaboration with you and yours.
Josh Fraundorf’s Restoration Firm Envisions
Adding African American Artisans to German
And Hispanic Custom Shops
We are not afraid.
We shall overcome.