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Working as a glazier: benefits of the industry

Talent is not something that is just confined to successful professionals like doctors, engineers, lawyers and businessmen. For centuries the backbone of the local economy has been skilled professional workers such as carpenters, glaziers, blacksmiths and masons, rather than the ‘white collar’ professions that dominate the market today.

Among the traditional professions are glaziers, who in Berkshire once spent years in training perfecting their craft. Whether they are the glaziers in Berkshire or carpenters in Nottingham, traditional crafts are often far from obsolete; and they are often lauded for their inherent talents and the quality of their work.

Quality and quantity of service

Just like there are proficient software developers who might be able to develop better than many others and who stand out amongst their counterparts because of their exceptional talents, or legal experts who might have a reputation as the best case solvers, there are skilled carpenters and glaziers who are valued for their quality of service. Many inventions and developments are a result of the inherent talent of the inventors at work regardless of their professions. Lord Rutherford was a physicist but Leonardo Da Vinci was an artist. The talents of both of them led them to valuable observations and subsequent inventions. Needless to say, the inventions of both the inventors are equally respected.

Few glaziers throughout history have been held in such high esteem. However, this is unfair. Like other craftsmen, glaziers have been an intimate part of the economy and their skilled expertise are highly sort after everywhere. Glass windows have been a material used for centuries and the profession of the glazier has evolved over the years in response.

History of the profession

As mentioned, there have been glaziers as long as people have used glass in windows. Since the architectural use of glass can be traced back to over 2000BC, the history of the profession is equally as long and illustrious. Still, glass was an expensive item, difficult to manufacture, for most of human history and was used primarily for ornamental items. No one would think of using the expensive material just for windows, at least not until innovations in glass technology between the 11th-13th centuries.

Since then, the glazing profession has grown in importance. In the middle ages, these men were skilled artisans creating stunning stained glass windows, equivalent to any artist, adorning churches and municipal buildings throughout Europe. Over the centuries the process for making glass, which is now done on an industrial scale, has been refined with cutting, installation and glass repair, and the humble glazier has been at the forefront of all these changes.

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