The Candor Historical Society gathered at the Candor High School May 29 and made their way into the shop/Information Technology area of the school.
Teacher Steven Lindridge was their host. “I appreciate and am flattered that so many want to take the time to meet here and see where I have been allowed to play for 27 years,” Lindridge said.
The society members sat at drafting tables, not only with the older drafting style tools but each hooked up to computers that more use today. Scanning around the room, you could see the more traditional shop work and tools as well as the newer, more state of art equipment like a smaller 3-D printer working on producing some item that would be a part of a project.
On an upper shelf above the drafting tables, Lindridge pointed out pull toys that have been made by various classes over the years. One of his current classes is working on a steam engine pull toy in conjunction with a shop class at Owego Free Academy. Each class is designing their part of the wood/metal engine, and will one day get together to see if the shared specs and plan worked.
Other projects Lindridge shared was a maze with a small ball running through it encased in plastic; he got the idea from a class after visiting a university. He gave each person in attendance that night a small, wooden three dimensional puzzle. (I didn’t try to take mine apart for fear I would never get it back together.)
Lindridge spoke of projects the classes have attempted over the years not always being successful. “To succeed you have to fail sometimes,” he stated. He reported all the items we would see while touring the shop area were all student generated work. “After all these years I find myself doing less talking and more listening to my students.”
A drafting class, CADD, Applied Physics course; even a college accredited architectural course are just some of the subjects Lindridge has taught over the years.
He proudly showed his “wall of notable accomplishments,” celebrating what Candor’s students are doing outside of the school. He encouraged those present to let him know if they hear or see an article about a Candor alumni achieving his/her goals.
We toured about four rooms, or area of work being done; one section had beautiful, wooden Adirondack chairs in progress. He reported they have been making the chairs since 1999, and after a rough estimate, they have built about 600 over the years and classes.
In another area we were able to see one of the many go-karts some of the classes have designed and built. After much coaxing we were even able to talk Candor Historian Carol Henry into climbing into one.
All in all it was a fascinating learning experience. In the 2011 flood, the area we were in had 18 inches of water. Candor students not only cleaned up the areas but worked to fix and put back the items that had gotten water logged—quite a task, and you could hear pride in them when Lindridge talked about it.