· Outline semester's 10 training lessons
· Mr. Russack's Rules
· Expectations for hard work, knowledge, attitude
· What is masonry? Masonry preservation?
· Description and use of a mason's tools
· Work site safety
· Guild history
· Making a personal Guild crest
Masonry: Explained the parts and use of a trowel and hammer
Described and practiced use of a spirit level
Defined the word “plumb” to determine vertical straightness
Defined masonry work as: “hard, dangerous, dirty and fun”
Discussed proper work attire, and its necessity for safety
Exhibited and demonstrated a scaffolding safety harness
Masonry and Preservation: Explained with illustrations, the restoration of "The Speakers House Historic Site” in Trappe, PA done by restoration mason Andrew deGruchy, and the stone work/artistry of Mr. deGruchy’s home.
History: Discussed European Guilds emphasizing teamwork, unity, high standards of craftsmanship, personal integrity and the symbolism of Guild crests.
Integrity: Students were given time to think about their expectations for the upcoming semester. They then wrote a paragraph about their expectations and designed or drew their own personal Guild Crest illustrating those goals.
Life Skills: Students practiced writing and public speaking skills by sharing their goals and expectations for the year and by explaining the art work and meaning of their Guild crests.
• Students worked together exhibiting cooperation, initiative and determination.
• The Guild crest activity brought out unseen talent of individuals via drawing and writing.
• Explaining how the Latin word for lead (plumbum) is used to define a “plumb bob,” for vertical straightness. “Plumb meaning lead. The Romans used lead pipes. What’s a plumber do?... Pick plumbs?"