December 14, 2014

Trip to Sudbury

Long day on Saturday but as always it was wonderful to go to the Open House at Laurentian and to bring Ben home. Today my post is not set up to brag, but to share with family and those of you who are interested what Ben has been up to

He is part of what will be the first graduating class of the School of Architecture at Laurentian University. The classroom is Francophone meaning that many of his lectures are delivered in french, the program has direct ties to the First Nations Aboriginal and much of the curriculum is focused on contemporary Aboriginal cultures. Many of his lectures and instruction are from First Nations Elders. This just puts perspective on why the students are creating the projects that they do.



A saw horse created without using any nails or screws. Proud mama moment that Ben's design received top mark in the class using square wooden pegs.



Canoe #1: Birch Bark (yes actually made of birch bark)




Canoe #2: Carbon Fibre (made of fabrics)

Students also each made their own paddles out of carbon fibre (seen in top photo)


Ben and Caelan, adorable together.
So proud of both of them and all the hard work they put into building their canoes!



What I did notice is that Ben has lost weight and tired. Term 1 is over and he is off for three weeks--so time for some home cooking and sleep.  Thanks for sticking through this.

24 comments :

Hannelie said...

Thanks for sharing this Tracey! Our daughter arrived from Switzerland this morning... same thing... tired and so skinny!
Have a great day!

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Very interesting to read, I have family that moved from Finland to Canada before I was born so everything Canadian is of great interest, fabby photos and you must be so proud of your son, he's very talented.

Warm hugs
Maarit

Lyn said...

Wow this is totally awesome and you must be so very proud of him. Aboriginal is this as in relation to the Aboriginal tribes of Australia? I ask as I have not heard of this outside of Aussie :)

TracyM #6773 said...

You should be very proud of him - sounds like he is excelling there Tracey!!!
Make sure you cook up plenty of his favourite foods while he is home with you :)

Michelle said...

Tracey, I love this update! Does it sound weird that I think that box horse is absolutely beautiful? I just love that it is made with square pegs and no nails. And I'm actually wishing I could touch it, it looks so smooth! Your Ben is very clever! You must be feeling very proud. :-)

Lynn said...

Wow! The projects are absolutely amazing Tracey! I love to see how talented the kids are! Ben and his girlfriend look very happy together! Enjoy your time with him! xx

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

So cool to see what Ben's up to! Now time for Christmas break - I'm sure you'll send him back with lots of care packages!

Kristie Goulet said...

Thanks for sharing! You sound like one proud mom, as you should be!!! Brag on your kids all you want. :)

~amy~ said...

Tracey, what a fun post! I love seeing the projects and the background of the program that Ben is in is so interesting. What a lucky Momma you are! The projects are absolutely incredible....crazy creative kids.

Lisa Kind said...

Wow! This sounds like such an interesting program! My husband was impressed by the prijects as well!

icardeveryone01 said...

Oh how wonderful... GoooOOO Ben!! Is a Box Horse the same as a Saw Horse? Thanks for sharing, Tracey!
=] Michele

KayM said...

Oh wow! Ben's projects are amazing!! Those canoes are beautiful! I can imagine how proud you are of him! Wonderful pictures Tracey! So fun to read about your family!

cm said...

What an intriguing program he's enrolled in; I'm impressed that his learning encompasses both Francophone and First Nations cultures. His accomplishments ARE impressive! I can imagine that as exhausting and demanding as the assignments are, he must feel a great sense of pride in what he's doing. Kudos to him. He and his girlfriend - yes, adorable. Thrilled for you that you have him tucked back at home; he'll love being spoiled and pampered during the break! You're an amazing mom - and thank you for sharing Ben with us. My message to him: rest, relax, rejuvenate and eat all the goodies your mom sets in front of you! Enjoy the 'love' in whatever form it is (cookies = love, by the way *grin*)
Hugs~c

Kara said...

very interesting! i'm sure it'll be great to have him home!

Alanna said...

Such fun pictures. I'm sure you're a proud momma.

Marisa said...

Well done to the two of them!! Fabulous work and you deserve to be a proud mama :) Feed him well over Christmas LOL!

Lisa said...

What great pictures Tracey, they did an amazing job!! Now get that boy home and start cooking'!!!

sandie said...

No wonder you are bragging! These are amamzing projects, so clever and creative. And trust a Mum to say he has lost weight and needs feeding up!

Joyce said...

Of course you are a proud mama. And, not bragging, just reporting the true facts as they stand, right? Fabulous projects, and what a cute couple he makes with his pretty girl friend. Have fun spoiling him and fattening him up these next few weeks.

Troy Louise Seegmiller said...

Wow! You have every right to be so proud & brag a bit. What an accomplished young man. I must admit, I kind of know that proud Mom feeling. My son graduated 2 years ago with an architecture degree. I sometimes envied the great things they did in school, but not the long, hard hours he worked. I think some of your creativeness definitely rubbed off on your son. Have a wonderful holiday with him.

Kim Heggins said...

Congrats to you and your family. You have taught Ben well and you can see it in his amazing work. Love all the wonderful photos too!

Darnell J Knauss said...

That was so well done, Tracey! You have every right to be proud of that boy! I'm so impressed and thank you very much for sharing!! Hugs, Darnell

Nancy said...

Loved reading your post...you have a very smart and good looking boy! Congrats and thrilled that you shared this with us!!

Jen W. said...

What an amazing course! So cool to see what Ben and his classmates are working on. Thanks for sharing, Tracey. :)