At Larry’s Cap Rock & Stone, one of the the key things our sales staff convey to clients is be careful of the lowest bidder. Select the contractor who is skilled in working with architectural stone. With such a large unemployment rate in construction and landscaping, many companies are desperate to feed their families and will low ball jobs that require specific stone or skills that many laborers may exaggerate possessing.
On a personal level for any home improvement project I typically pick the middle bidder. I came across this article last night in Southern Living & I was engrossed and ready to sign up for school. It highlights the importance of knowing your trade and having the skills necessary.So I thought I would share…
Excerpted From Heroes Of The New South
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The American College of Building Arts
Founded 2004, Charleston, South Carolina
Iron poured. Plaster smoothed. Stone carved. In the belly of the Old Charleston Jail, a group of twentysomethings is learning, not with pen and notebook but with brick and mortar. The American College of Building Arts is the only four-year liberal arts program in the country where students can earn a college degree by learning traditional craftsmanship and modern building trades.
The school was created to fill a void when, after Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston in 1989, there weren’t enough trained craftspeople to repair the badly damaged historic homes. Students choose from one of six majors—architectural stone, carpentry, forged architectural ironwork, plaster working, preservation masonry, and timber framing—but have to take classes from all disciplines. They come from all over the country to learn how to restore, preserve, and build.
“In a time when we are returning to the values of craftsmanship, this college is leading the way,” says Heroes juror Jim Strickland. “Their graduates are continuing crafts that we once feared would be lost.”
Graduates have gone on to open businesses throughout the South, and to restore buildings as far away as Versailles. “Not only are we preserving historic structures that have withstood time and are in need of repair,” says Kerri Forrest, director of institutional advancement at the school. “We’re also teaching students cutting-edge contemporary construction.” Where the two meet, that’s the future.