Hello fellow Gearheads. As many of you know, I have a daughter and enjoy sharing father/daughter stories in my articles. Perhaps it’s my way of encouraging other dads to share shop time with their little girls and get that gearhead fever going at an early age. Perhaps it’s my way of encouraging all of our female readers to embrace the same passion and share their knowledge with someone close to them. No matter the circumstances, the master-apprenticeship relationship is one of the earliest forms of education, most notable being the one between father and son.
As old as time, a father shared his craft with his son. This tradition was passed on through generations and generations. I’m not sure at what point in time a son actually had a choice in what he wanted to become, but blacksmiths raised blacksmiths, farmers raised farmers, tailors raised tailors and so on. In my family, my great grandfather was a tradesman. His son, my grandfather, was also a tradesman, who specialized in electrical, heating and cooling. His son, my dad, was born in 1933 and became a highly skilled tradesman before he even finished high school. He was forced to work with my grandfather to provide for his family. When my dad had me and my two brothers, he made sure we learned electrical, plumbing, welding/brazing/soldering, carpentry, mechanical, heating and cooling and even taxidermy. I was the only one, though, to take those skills and turn them into a business.
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