There were 21 apprentice bricklayers in the contest. They were from as far away as San Diego, Oregon, Seattle, North Idaho and Montana.
I was very proud to see all but two apprentices were using Hubbard Jointers. Two were using the knock-off Chinese copies of my tools. The imitation tools are painted red so they are easy to identify. One of the apprentices using the imitation tool left it on the brick at his work station when the contestants went on a fifteen minute break. I slipped behind the ropes to place a Hubbard Jointer next to his knock-off copy. When he returned he saw the new Hubbard Jointer. He didn’t even look around to see where it could have come from. He just unceremoniously threw the red jointer on the ground with the rubble and immediately started using the Hubbard.