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Apprenticeship Contest – contestant #15

 

Contestant #15 was also using a red handled jointer. It didn’t look quite like the red of the other Chinese jointer being used by contestant #21. After the contest I approached the young man to give him an original Hubbard Jointer so he could have the real thing. When he showed me his red handled jointer. I was surprised to see it was an original Hubbard Jointer. He had painted it red so everyone would think it was one of the Chinese copies. He said people kept stealing his Hubbard Jointer so he painted his latest replacement Hubbard Jointer red so the thieves would leave his jointer alone. A back handed compliment if there ever was one.

2016-08-04T19:01:42-05:00 May 21st, 2016|Contests, Hubbard Jointers Inc, Masonry Stories|

Apprenticeship Contest, contestant #21

 

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.

2016-08-04T19:01:37-05:00 May 21st, 2016|Contests, Hubbard Jointers Inc, Masonry Stories|

Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Competition

 

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.

2016-08-04T19:01:28-05:00 May 21st, 2016|Contests, Hubbard Jointers Inc, Masonry Stories|

The Legacy of Hubbard Jointers

In 1960 – Only a Few Hubbard Jointers Existed…

In 1960 there were a few early, hand-made Hubbard Jointers being used by masons of my father’s acquaintance working in the Spokane area.  That summer Bricklayers from Texas were on strike. Some of them came up to Spokane for work and saw the Hubbard Jointer in use. They found my father and insisted he provide Jointers for them. Those bricklayers took the tools back to Texas and our phones immediately started ringing with orders for more Jointers. Individual orders grew into commercial accounts with distributors across the United States. In 1965 my father quit working as a bricklayer to dedicate his time to the Hubbard Jointer Co.

The Jointer Legacy

In 1960 I was a not a very motivated high school student. I wanted to see the world. I joined the U. S. Marine Corps. Before I left home my father asked what I wanted for my future. I told him I thought I would find something I could do as a self-employed person. The motivation for self-employment was because my father had always told me as long as I carried a lunch pail I would always be a slave to someone. He also told me he would break my arms if I followed him into the masonry trade. This from a man who carried a lunch pail all of his life. I believe my father went to work developing the Hubbard Jointer Company to help me realize my dream of self-employment when I returned from military service.

2017-07-18T18:45:37-05:00 April 17th, 2016|Hubbard Jointers Inc, Masonry Stories|

Made by a Bricklayer for Bricklayers

It Started in South Dakota in 1924…

The Hubbard Jointer was developed by a bricklayer who started in the masonry trade in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1924. My Father, Dick Hubbard, knew the trade needed a comfortable to use, long lasting tool to finish the mortar joint between brick and block as the masonry wall was being erected. The development of the tool was a trial and error effort. Several designs were built and rejected over a period of several years before the design currently in use was completed. The current design went into production in 1960.

Developing the Hubbard Masonry Tool.

Mr. Hubbard then had to develop the machinery necessary to produce the masonry tool. He was a bricklayer, not a machinist. The learning curve was long and arduous. His machines consisted of washing machine parts, an automotive differential and a foundry powered by a hair dryer forcing propane into a crucible furnace built of a stack of bricks. His “factory” was a cluttered garage. He produced his first tools one at a time and gave/sold them to his friends and fellow masons in Spokane, Washington.

2017-07-18T18:45:38-05:00 April 16th, 2016|Hubbard Jointers Inc, Masonry Stories|