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Legacy Continues - Passing Along the Proverbial Hammer

 

As the Fine Woodworking Program students at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus reach the finishing stages of their projects, they eye up nine months of work done alongside two new instructors guiding the program into a new era.

David Ringheim and David Stryck took over for retiring Michael Grace and David Fraser who retired at the end of the 2015 school year. Grace and Fraser had been carving out a stalwart program at the college for about two decades each. - See more at: http://selkirk.ca/news/legacy-continues-%E2%80%93-selkirk-college-fine-woodworking-program-enters-new-era#sthash.di63JbdB.dpuf

David Ringheim and David Stryck took over for retiring Michael Grace and David Fraser who retired at the end of the 2015 school year. Grace and Fraser had been carving out a stalwart program at the college for about two decades each.

While new to teaching on campus, Ringheim and Stryck have deep roots in the Fine Woodworking Program.

“I took the program to get a jump start in the industry, but I had no idea how life changing it would really be,” says Ringheim. “The opportunities I have received as a direct result of coming to Selkirk College, the people I had a chance to work with in the industry and my eventual return to where it all started has been a blessing.”

David Ringheim and David Stryck are the new instructors of the Fine Woodworking Program at Selkirk College.

David Ringheim and David Stryck are the new instructors of the Fine Woodworking Program at Selkirk College. The two are wrapping up their first term in the Silverking wood shop and are looking forward to their first group of students showcasing their work at the Fine Woodworking Year-end Show happening May 27 to 28.

Stryck was a student in the same shop more than 30 years ago when he studied under John Barton, the original instructor of the program. The Fine Woodworking Program began in the late-1970s; the original shop set up in Barton’s Bonnington home, before Selkirk College welcomed it to the Silver King Campus.

“I still remember his business card. It said superlative craftsman,” said Stryck.

A Reputation that Delivers Results

Superlative crafters are what the program has been turning out since those early years. It’s why word of mouth is its own best recruiter. Stryck, tree planter turned carpenter, heard about the program from his cousin.

Ringheim heard about the program from a colleague working with him at a Calgary wood shop.

From Creston, Ringheim has a degree in International Studies from Alberta Bible College and his education took him overseas to Peru, Poland and then Africa. He then returned to Canada where he settled in Calgary as his wife was establishing herself as an architectural technologist.

It was there he discovered a new passion and a new career, inspired while reading Fine Woodworking magazine.

“I was attracted to woodworking because it meant being able to see what I’ve actually accomplished at the end of the day,” he says. “I loved linguistics, but sitting at a desk wore on me. I needed to be up and doing hands-on work.”

He began looking for an apprentice position and found one with a cabinet maker in Calgary. His colleague working at the shop had just finished the program at Selkirk College and Ringheim’s interest was piqued. At the time, there was a three-year wait list to get in. Not letting that deter him, he was pleased to enroll in 2007 and there was no looking back.

“It changed where we were going with our lives as a family,” he says. “We were planning to go back to Calgary, but we ended up falling in love with Nelson, staying here and having kids. I got a job here. The program gave me lots of opportunities to do the things I love out in the industry.”

The job Ringheim is talking about was with Stryck and the two have a solid history of building together. Ringheim worked for Stryck starting part-time while he attended school and then full-time after graduation for six years until Stryck retired in 2013.

“I would take students from the program, one or two every year,” says Stryck. “David was the best. The instructors recommended him based on the quality of work he did.”

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While new to teaching on campus, Ringheim and Stryck have deep roots in the Fine Woodworking Program.

“I took the program to get a jump start in the industry, but I had no idea how life changing it would really be,” says Ringheim. “The opportunities I have received as a direct result of coming to Selkirk College, the people I had a chance to work with in the industry and my eventual return to where it all started has been a blessing.”

Stryck was a student in the same shop more than 30 years ago when he studied under John Barton, the original instructor of the program. The Fine Woodworking Program began in the late-1970s; the original shop set up in Barton’s Bonnington home, before Selkirk College welcomed it to the Silver King Campus.

“I still remember his business card. It said superlative craftsman,” said Stryck.

- See more at: http://selkirk.ca/news/legacy-continues-%E2%80%93-selkirk-college-fine-woodworking-program-enters-new-era#sthash.di63JbdB.dpuf
As the Fine Woodworking Program students at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus reach the finishing stages of their projects, they eye up nine months of work done alongside two new instructors guiding the program into a new era. - See more at: http://selkirk.ca/news/legacy-continues-%E2%80%93-selkirk-college-fine-woodworking-program-enters-new-era#sthash.di63JbdB.dpuf
As the Fine Woodworking Program students at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus reach the finishing stages of their projects, they eye up nine months of work done alongside two new instructors guiding the program into a new era. - See more at: http://selkirk.ca/news/legacy-continues-%E2%80%93-selkirk-college-fine-woodworking-program-enters-new-era#sthash.di63JbdB.dpuf
As the Fine Woodworking Program students at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus reach the finishing stages of their projects, they eye up nine months of work done alongside two new instructors guiding the program into a new era. - See more at: http://selkirk.ca/news/legacy-continues-%E2%80%93-selkirk-college-fine-woodworking-program-enters-new-era#sthash.di63JbdB.dpuf

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