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I finally worked up the courage to make the move. Turned my 5080 DB into a 5087. That’s a fancy way of saying I moved the tape holder to the left side by removing the small upper pouch. It was much more difficult to remove the holder and pouch than it was to sew it back on.

I’m really excited about this, I am a tape left sort of guy. I knew this even before I bought my bags, but local availability got the better of me so I compromised on the model I purchased. No more! This is exactly what I would have bought had it been in local supply.

I finally worked up the courage to make the move. Turned my 5080 DB into a 5087. That’s a fancy way of saying I moved the tape holder to the left side by removing the small upper pouch. It was much more difficult to remove the holder and pouch than it was to sew it back on.

I’m really excited about this, I am a tape left sort of guy. I knew this even before I bought my bags, but local availability got the better of me so I compromised on the model I purchased. No more! This is exactly what I would have bought had it been in local supply.

The bags hanging out for a break after a few weeks of hanging sheet rock.

The bags hanging out for a break after a few weeks of hanging sheet rock.

Smiling with delight at actually holding a Makita 16” beam saw. I thought they were only in books and magazines, not in the real world.

Smiling with delight at actually holding a Makita 16” beam saw. I thought they were only in books and magazines, not in the real world.

Aug 9

montreal-carol:

The difference between May and August is impressive…passersby are always stopping, looking, and taking a few leaves of kale, or some herbs or beans, or some camomile for tea. The tomatoes are still not ripe.

It’s nice to see your work come to fruition, or in this case vegetableition.
Aug 9

Hi. I'm a future apprentice carpenter, i live in Montreal. I'm really curious about formwork, it looks so fun. What is the reality of the job, what are the hard parts (physical, hierarchy etc.. ) Details if possible i'm so hungry for knowledge haha :) Thanks - Alex

Anonymous

Hi Alex,
Formwork is an aspect of carpentry that I really love. It is not necesarily the most precise or beautiful work, (though at times, if you are lucky it can be) but there is little that I find more satisfying.

That said the job is a tough one. Concrete is very heavy, so all the materials and equipment are accordingly heavy too. Bonus, you will save on a gym membership.

Time is always of the essence, so you have to be on your game if you plan to keep working. As an early apprentice you will most likely be doing repetitive tasks, like putting up scaffolding, over and over. This can get boring, but once it becomes easy, you can take the time to observe how the other jobs get done. This way you will be able to show your skills when an opportunity is presented.

There is a heirarchy, foreman, team leaders (both white helmet guys), long time employees, and everyone who is further along in their apprenticeship. Being assertive and energetic will take you far, if you get the work right. Get it wrong too often and you will become the site joke.

The last tough part is that you are always in the elements. The concrete structure is going up beneath your feet, so be ready for the hotest summer sun, as well as the coldest winter wind and snow.

My final advice is to try and find a good partner. This isn’t often your choice, but working with the right person will get you good work and will teach you the trade. Be willing to be the guy who stays late and comes in early, never refuse extra hours, because they won’t ask you twice.

Good luck, and feel free to ask more questions.

Aug 2
montreal-carol:

The mirror was found in the garbage, the wood for the frame is made from dividers in the lumber section—cost of a carpenter…priceless! Love the rough look of it!


A mirror that I cobbled together.

montreal-carol:

The mirror was found in the garbage, the wood for the frame is made from dividers in the lumber section—cost of a carpenter…priceless! Love the rough look of it!

A mirror that I cobbled together.
My belt, suspended, during a break from installing one of many suspended ceilings. I like how my snips fit well in the leather hammer loop.

My belt, suspended, during a break from installing one of many suspended ceilings. I like how my snips fit well in the leather hammer loop.

Well here is a long awaited new one! Been doing some renovating and handyman type jobs of late. Interesting to see how well the belt can keep up with the switch of tools involved.

Well here is a long awaited new one! Been doing some renovating and handyman type jobs of late. Interesting to see how well the belt can keep up with the switch of tools involved.

montreal-carol:

Sam built this storage cabinet too.

montreal-carol:

Sam built a nice trellis for my neighbour. When she puts the vines up, it will look even better. The extra supports are needed because the wind can be quite strong on her terrace.

montreal-carol:

Sam built a nice trellis for my neighbour. When she puts the vines up, it will look even better. The extra supports are needed because the wind can be quite strong on her terrace.

montreal-carol:

Incredible Edibles approached our condo association to see if they could plant vegetables in the plots at the front of the building that were not landscaped by the developer—of course we said yes!! Sam volunteered to build the frames for the beds, and the children’s garden will be going in June 7th. Thanks for the work Sam!!

I know that this is not a tool belt, but damn, that’s one cute cat!hewhocannotbenamed:

Up close & personal I know that this is not a tool belt, but damn, that’s one cute cat!

hewhocannotbenamed:

Up close & personal

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Sorry, but I hate the piled high presentation of food. That's the way a dog would eat. Potato, bacon and egg should be separated on the plate. Anyway I hope you had a nice trip out West.

Anonymous

Hi,
Thanks for taking a look. I’ve always focused more on flavour than presentation, but you have a point in that we eat first with our eyes.
Take it easy.

Have you ever used ObenaufsLP? If not, you should. I think you would be amazed!

Hi, I actually haven’t done anything to my bags but give them a bit of a cleaning with a damp cloth. The Obernaufs sounds like a good product, I’ll have to check it out. Maybe for my boots.

montreal-carol:

Nice brunch at Café Orange before we leave for Arizona


I like to eat!

montreal-carol:

Nice brunch at Café Orange before we leave for Arizona

I like to eat!