Re: Tom Silva and Norm Abrams
Truer words have never been spoken! The last contractor I worked for was exactly this, he inherited his license, he had no trade skills what so ever. What he could do was estimate and hire the people needed to complete a job, which is how he survived for 30 years.
Originally Posted by dj1
Here is a quote from Norm a few years back:
"Kevin started the show by saying "it is a term that's thrown around loosely, but today we thought we would try to get to the heart of the definition and who better to help us then our very own master craftsman, Norm Abram". Kevin then asked Norm, "What's a master craftsman and how do you define it". Norms reply, "It's not a classification or position, it's really a level of craft that you aspire to. You start out as an apprentice, then you become a journeyman and eventually the master. Now once you're a master craftsman you now have the ability to teach the next wave of apprentices and journeyman (pause) keeps the craft and tradition alive".
So there you have it, though there is no official "master craftsman" certification for what Norm does, that's how Norm defines his status as a master crafsman. "
Basically, it has to do with years in the trade and total knowledge base and ability to effectively do the work. In the real world, the title "master" doesn't mean much, but in TV land and to the masses who don't know any better, it sounds like the next best thing since sliced bread. That is not to diminish the knowledge and capabilities of the TOH crew, it is to say that there are a great many of us "masters" out there, we just don't have a tv camera in our face.
I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!