|In This Issue of
The Craftsman Way
"Buck" ... King of
the Farm Forever
The Four Questions
The Distinguishing Traits of a Craftsman
Paint Memorabilia Corner
from the 1920's
In every issue of The Craftsman Way, we would like to answer questions or address concerns you have about painting and decorating, questions you may have been, so far, afraid to ask previous painters.
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Peace of Mind
Pride in Finished Work
...No matter who is doing the work!
Painting in Partnership Affiliations
of Summer has finally arrived. We hope you
are staying cool nonetheless.
meet "Buck" in our feature "Story Time". Buck, a
horse, played a central role in a large project we completed during the Winter
months. Read about Buck' story
below. He is "King of the Farm,
In this issue, you can also read about four questions
you need to consider before selecting paint colors for a room in your
As you know,
craftsmanship is a corner stone for the work we
do at Painting in Partnership. I thought
you might be interested in reading an article that I wrote on "The Distinguishing
Traits of a Craftsman". As you can see in the article, the traits of a craftsman can apply to anyone
committed to excelling at what they do.
In this issue, we are also launching a new column for our newsletter. It is titled "The Paint Memorabilia Corner". In every issue, we will feature a different item from our extensive collection.
always, we want to thank your for your trust in us and your referrals.
STORY TIME - "Buck" ... King of the Farm, Forever!
Painting in Partnership
the use of color and painted decoration, as painting contractors, we have the
opportunity to significantly contribute to the quality of the environment and well
being of our clients. Capturing that
opportunity and realizing it for a customer's benefit is an integral part of
the service we offer our clients.
Sometimes, that opportunity arises in a most unexpected way, which leads
me to share with you a project story where a horse named "Buck" played a
Click here to read "Buck's" story.
The Four Questions of Painting
by Mario GuertinThis article appeared on p. 68 of the July/August issue of Quintessential Barrington Magazine and is reprinted with permission - Quintessential Barrington Magazine - Copyright © 2009The colors we choose for our homes are often influenced by factors that have nothing to do with the people who live in them. For example, many people stick to beige colors because they heard it will increase resale value. Others are influenced
by the opinion of neighbors, friends, or what their Aunt Betty says. Yet others are swayed by the latest color trends. To avoid selecting colors for
the wrong reasons, ask yourself the following four questions before the next paint job to
help create a décor that empowers you and your loved ones.
Click here to read the entire article.
The Distinguishing Traits of a Craftsmanby Mario Guertin
This article appeared on p. 40 of the May/June issue of DECO Magazine and is reprinted with permission - DECO Magazine - Copyright © 2009
We live in a world where craftsman-like attitudes about
work are rare. What are the traits that distinguish the true Craftsmen among
us? We view craftsmanship as much as a "mindset" as it is about
mastering the technical skills.
We have identified six distinct traits common to all
true craftsmen, irrespective of the person's line of work. These qualities and work habits enable someone to become
a master, over time, at whatever he or she does?
For the rest of the article, please click here.
Photo: Steve Scanlan, Decorative Finisher with Painting in Partnership, receives the 2009 PDCA Craftsman of the Year Award.
Calcimine Brush from the 1920's
(Painting in Partnership Copyright © 2009)
PIP has a collection of over
500 items of paint memorabilia. In every
issue of The Craftsman Way, we will
introduce you to one of these items along with its story.
Our Calcimine brush on display is 17"
long. The handle alone is 9" and the
bristles, a good 6". It was a great
workout tool to build up Popeye forearms!
In 2000, I had the
opportunity of representing the United States at an international painting
contractor conference in Paris. During
that trip, I met the man who was the founder of the Painting Museum in Paris. Knowing of my interest in old paint stuff, he
gave me many pieces of French memorabilia.
Upon my return, as a thank you, I sent him one of my two Calcimine
brushes to display at the museum in Paris.
In 2004, I visited the Paint
Museum in Paris again. Sure enough, my
Calcimine brush was proudly displayed in the paint shop portion of the museum,
forever preserved! I do have a picture
of the brush in the paint shop in Paris.
If you are interested, please e-mail me and I will send it to you.
Calcimine was a precursor
to latex paint and was only applied by brush.
It was also known as Kalsomine or distemper paint. It was made out of dried calcium carbonate,
water, glue and colorants. Calcimine was
used as a wash for walls and ceilings.
It was commonly used throughout the 19th century and the
first third of the 20th century.
It was an inexpensive way of freshening up a room.