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an opportunity to senior class students to talk
with a native French speaker. I need to have
a topic to start a conversation with them and
usually try to bring up the conversation about
their future and the soon-to-come decision of
choosing a college. The choice of a college
being mostly driven by the choice of the career
that will follow, I find these young men and
women are very often anguished by having
to choose a direction in a world they know
so little about. While I understand their ignorance of the world, since they are young, I am
always astonished by the fact that the few
who have an idea of the direction they would
like their future to take include so few options.
Contemplating this, and with the blessing of
the teacher, I go back another time before the
students to talk about my metal work job, and
my experience on the Statue of Liberty project. I mostly tell them that they should, while
considering a career, go by these two criteria:
1. Choose a career that will tighten and connect
you to the world in a positive manner. In other
words, the activity you choose should make
you a constructive participant to the work
force. Will you bring something positive to
the world when you work, or are you going
there every morning just to make money ?
2. Make a choice that will fulfill your personal
needs, your creative side, and one that
will make you happy 8-10 hours a day. If
you think you are better working with your
hands, why not go this route? Be convinced
that working with your hands at a certain
level always involves an intense amount
of brain activity.
Ridgewood, New Jersey, where I live, is a
very white collar town with a lot of bankers,
lawyers, computer specialists, etc. Students
are always happy to hear about other opportunities than the ones they know from their
white collars parents. The way things are
today, what would we have to offer one of
these high school students if they choose to
learn a manual trade? Do we have an organized
curriculum? A network of schools? How do
we show them the potential of having a successful career with a well paying job? How
would their qualifications be recognized by
their peers? Do we offer them the sort of scale
colleges do with a doctorate degree, a license
of some sort, etc.?
In 1979, as I arrived in the French town
of Bordeaux, my first steps took me to the
museum of decorative arts next to the city
hall. I got lucky enough that day to meet one
of the museum curators who mentioned that

she could lend me a Xerox copy of the original
book of The Rules and Laws of the Metalsmith
Trade in the Great Town of Bordeaux in the 18th
century. It certainly took me a while to read it
as it was written in old French language that
I had to decipher sometimes word-by-word.
The way the trade was already organized
more than two centuries ago was very precise with do's and don'ts for its members. It
had a very specific description of every level
of qualification in the trade. It very precisely
explained the rights and duties of every member
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qualifications, apprentices, etc. It described
the rights and duties of an apprentice toward
his or her master (their employer) and how the
apprentice was suppose to behave in a shop
and interact with coworkers.
The main thing I remember from this book
was a description of the shop owner's duties.
These duties were (mainly) that they were
supposed to have plenty of apprentices in
their shops, train them, and make sure that
these youngsters were learning the trade on
an every day basis. The book had a long and
detailed chapter about the level of qualification

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017

President’s Letter
Letter From the Executive Director
NOMMA Network
NOMMA Education Foundation
Apprenticeships: Getting Involved With Worker Training
The Collective Mind Gate Series–Part V
Shining Light: How to Work With Illuminated Handrails
Sole Proprietorship or Corporation?
Employment Lawsuits Happen
Supplier Members
New & Returning NOMMA Members & Iron Club Members
Gold Members
Landscape Architect to Blacksmith to Soon-to-Be Preacher
Index of Advertisers
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Intro
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - cover1
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - cover2
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 8
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - President’s Letter
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 10
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Letter From the Executive Director
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - NOMMA Network
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 13
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - NOMMA Education Foundation
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 19
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Apprenticeships: Getting Involved With Worker Training
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 29
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - The Collective Mind Gate Series–Part V
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 31
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 32
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 33
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Shining Light: How to Work With Illuminated Handrails
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 35
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 38
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O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Sole Proprietorship or Corporation?
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 42
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 43
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Employment Lawsuits Happen
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 45
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 46
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Supplier Members
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 48
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - New & Returning NOMMA Members & Iron Club Members
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - 50
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Gold Members
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Landscape Architect to Blacksmith to Soon-to-Be Preacher
O&MM Fabricator - September/October 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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