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    IMAGE: Staircase Model (France), mid–late 19th century; carved, joined, turned, bent, and planed oak; H x W x D: 52 x 71 x 44 cm (20 1/2 x 27 15/16 x 17 5/16 in.);
    Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw


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    Since the Middle Ages, France's "compagnons" have lived idiosyncratic existences, steeped in mystery, ritual, and a devotion to their trades. Even today, these master craftsmen have certain quirks: As young people, they live in boarding houses together in towns across France, where they spend their days learning and training to become the country's greatest tradespeople. After six months in one place, each tradesman will pack up and move on to another French town, and a new hostel, to learn more skills under a new master.

    The name "compagnon" translates to "companion," relating to the brotherhood between members and the shared identity of a movement that, today, encompasses around 12,000 permanent, active members. Professions usually fall into one of five "groups", depending on their principal material: stone; wood; metal; leather and textiles; and food. Within these groups are bakers, clog-makers, carpenters, masons, glaziers, and many more. In the past century, new trades have been added and old ones have fallen away. But whatever the craft, the journey from apprentice to "compagnon" is long and highly specific, and culminates in the completion of a "masterwork": an item that showcases the skills acquired over at least five years of sustained study.
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    Fascinating!

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    Essentially that is what we who have been around wooden boats for, nearly a life time, are trying to pass on!
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    I had a compagnon as a an employee for several years, a first rate mechanic!

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    Not realy a secret society, but a centuries old institution, oriented toward excellency in craftmanship.
    And still alive.
    https://www.compagnons-du-devoir.com

    To become a "Compagnon" they must achieve a "Chef d'oeuvre".

    http://erwan.levourch.pagesperso-ora...efsdoeuvre.htm
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    Amazing works. Interesting article with many beautiful pictures. They are wonderful pieces of art.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapelapente View Post
    Not realy a secret society, but a centuries old institution, oriented toward excellency in craftmanship.
    And still alive.
    https://www.compagnons-du-devoir.com

    To become a "Compagnon" they must achieve a "Chef d'oeuvre".

    http://erwan.levourch.pagesperso-ora...efsdoeuvre.htm
    Ah oui! To be compagnon, one must be able to cook zee eggs!

    Le riq

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    Only the Chefs d'oeufs !
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    Apologie! Mon francais, ils est scramblet!

    Le riq

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    When I lived in Switzerland I often saw guys dressed in black velour bell bottoms, black waistcoats and jackets, and big wide brimmed velour hats walking around, often in pairs. I assumed they were compagnons, but actually I'm not sure. Anyone else seen those guys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lupussonic View Post
    When I lived in Switzerland I often saw guys dressed in black velour bell bottoms, black waistcoats and jackets, and big wide brimmed velour hats walking around, often in pairs. I assumed they were compagnons, but actually I'm not sure. Anyone else seen those guys?
    I think you mean these guys. I've seen a few in Holland as well. They take a vow of poverty and work off their living expenses in trade.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journeyman_years

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt G View Post
    I think you mean these guys. I've seen a few in Holland as well. They take a vow of poverty and work off their living expenses in trade.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journeyman_years
    That was them. Thanks.

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