On May 21st, 2016 The Hubbard Jointer Co. was fortunate to help sponsor the Western States Apprentice Contest for the Pacific Northwest District Council at the Spokane facility of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen #3 in Spokane Washington. It was an exceedingly well organized and well attended contest of the apprentice’s skills. Attendance was everyone from young first year apprentices and apprentices with excellent skills obviously from near the end of their program. There were a few old war horses there too. There were some retired masons in attendance with 50 year pins and one with a 75 year pin. It was a great pleasure to see men who had worked with and knew my father Dick Hubbard. Dick had also received a 75 year pin a few years before he died. At his death he was the oldest card carrying bricklayer in the United States. One of those old war horses was an apprentice when I served my apprenticeship in the late 50’s.
It was a wonderful afternoon for recognition of the next generation of skilled craftsmen who will carry on the art of a venerated, ages old craft.