For the past few days when I have walked past the bench of apprentice newcomer Sam, I have asked “is it square yet?” referring to the block of steel he has been assigned to file into a perfectly flat and right angled block. “not yet Sir”! When I was sorting these photos I noticed the huge banana like file he was using and asked ‘does he know he has a file like a banana?” I was quickly told that ‘selected file’ was part of the problem he had been set, learning to concentrate and use the file properly, a perfectly flat sharp file would be too easy! I wish him luck, once he has got it square he will have to turn it into a ball.
Elsewhere around the workshops the lads are all busy and with their heads down!