Year: 2022

When art meets the skilled trades

When Geoff Higginson talks about the trowel trades, his eyes light up.

“The beautiful tile mosaics, stone and brick work you see in Greece are millennia old,” beams Higginson, an instructor at the Trowel Trades Training Association in Surrey. In fact, mosaics are one of the earliest forms of art that still exist today.

President of the Bricklayers Local 2, Higginson started out his working life with a bachelor of arts degree and a job in the recreation field.[…]

Tradeswomen at head of the class

Never give up, ask as many questions as you want, and don’t be afraid of the oxy-fuel torch.

That’s some of the sage advice that instructors Dana Stevens, Raven Hillenbrand and Corinne Hagen have for their students at the UA Piping Industry College of B.C.

“We all make mistakes sometimes, but it’s how you come back from that mistake that creates your success,” says Stevens, who teaches welding foundations.[…]

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