Wannabe apprentice in Southern VT, or, do you need a shop monkey?

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01-03-2013 12:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: apprentice apprenticeship vermont

Title pretty much says it all: I’m in Southern VT, trying to learn more about building all manner of things, and I’m looking for people willing to pass on their knowledge and skill. In person. In depth.

I’m unemployed for the season, so I’m long on time and short on cash, and I’ve been working at setting up a shop and equipping myself with a basic set of functioning tools. Thing is, I’m really sorta starting from scratch here, and I’m not just talking about the equipment that I have on hand—I’m sure that if I’d had at least some idea of what I was doing, I could have set up a basic functional shop in a few weeks, but it’s taken me months. Had to learn how to square a saw, how to sharpen blades, how to tell if something’s really flat, how to diagram cuts and put the kerf where you really want it… you get the idea. Beginner stuff.

So I’m looking to learn, but I don’t have friends in the business, don’t have money for classes, and don’t have the requisite experience to get into a traditional entry-level position. Tough, huh?

So here’s my pitch: I’m a smart guy with a great work ethic, a heap of motivation, and a resume that demonstrates my learning curve. (Four years back, I took a job at a restaurant. Two years later, I was the chef. Before that, I took a job as a part-time mover in an auction house. A year later, I was running the joint. I had no experience in either field, going in, and learned on the job.) I’m looking to apprentice myself to someone in the field—either formally or informally.

Naturally the dream here would be to find a formal apprenticeship, a paid position, and while I realize that it’s not terribly likely in this employment climate, I figure it can’t hurt to put it out there—after all, if you’re reading this far, something in my post must have piqued your interest. If you’ve got even a glimmer of interest in this proposal, please PM me and allow me to try to convince you.

But more likely, I realize, is going to be some sort of informal arrangement. Maybe you’d like to learn how to cook, and we could trade expertise. Or maybe your kids need tutoring in English or History. Or maybe you could just use a couple of extra hands in the shop. Maybe it’s a little too quiet in your shop, and you’d like to have somebody to talk to. Or maybe… maybe you just want to pass some knowledge along to a guy who really loves to learn. In person.

Any takers?

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