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UFV Trades holds joinery open house

UFV’s joinery program’s open house was an exciting and enlightening function for future students.

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By Jasmine Sprangers (Contributor) – Email

Print Edition: October 29, 2014

Instructor Mark Ryan was at an open house to talk to students about what joinery has to offer. (Images: Jasmin Sprangers)

Instructor Mark Ryan was at an open house to talk to students about what joinery has to offer. (Images: Jasmin Sprangers)

UFV’s joinery program’s open house was an exciting and enlightening function for future students.

The open house started with a tour of the facility and a brief talk about a few of the specialized machines, as well as a game in which attendees had to label different types of wood in as little time as possible (the fastest time was 11 seconds), with a pocket knife as a prize. Mark Ryan and Ted Zak, instructors for both carpentry and carpentry apprenticeship, spoke about program lengths and the types of skills and projects a student will complete throughout the course of a certificate.

The joinery program at UFV covers two main learning components over 34 weeks. Technical knowledge, basic training, and small piece construction make up the first half; the second half tasks students with designing and creating their own project.

A graduate from the program was also in attendance to promote joinery to students, speaking about his experiences in the program and how far he has gone since taking the course — he now runs a furniture-making business and offers bowl-turning classes.

For kinesthetic learners, joinery engages a different education style from most classroom settings — each work assignment, a student will be confronted by physical material made of unique knots, grain structure, and imperfections.

The program pairs new technology together with older or classic woodwork machines — machines such as the CNC and edge-banders as well as the classic jointer, table-saw, and lathe were on display.

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