For the most part. my progress has been smooth sailing. Although I have faced a few impediments on this in-depth journey, it has been a worthwhile and fulfilling experience. I have progressed into the fluidity and precision of my lampworking as well as the memorization of procedures. When I first started, I used to forget the steps to making different components for the final glasswork, but now I’ve memorized almost all the key components in the glasswork I make.

Unsurprisingly, there has been a slight slow down and decrease in the amount of times and how frequently I meet my mentor due to recent issues surrounding my family. This can be considered quite a big challenge for me since it directly correlates to a more time-consuming learning process due to the infrequency. However, other than the slightly slower speed of progress, I am steadily increasing my skill in myriad ways. My main focus right now is still working on making bigger beads so that they can be decorated more.

A recent success as well as new experience of mine is the process of using pliers as a tool to create glasswork. Recently, I have started using pliers to pull and shape hot glass which is easily flexible. However, I also train my speed and precision because hot glass cools very quickly and transforms into a brittle substance which is easily shattered. Not only have I used pliers to create more art, but I have also used pliers to create ‘stringers’ which help provide a nice touch and decor for a bead or any other glasswork.

For the in-depth night, I plan to present by learning my having an aray of glasswork ordered in a timeline. Clearly illustrating my progress as I have grown and learned. I plan on elaborating on the learning that came with every bead as well as some of the stories behind some less “presentable” glassworks. I also plan on having a sped up video of me lampworking to show everyone the process of refining glass. However, this video might not be possible if I can’t get it in time, but I plan for it to be there.

hamilton big idea

Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events

“Well, the word got around, they said, ‘This kid is insane, man’ Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland”

This represents the big idea because it reinforces the idea of new ideas influencing events. If not for Hamilton’s writing and ideas he would not have been sent to the mainland. His ideologies indirectly and directly influenced a series of events.

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies

“He started retreain’ and readin’ every treatise on the shelf”

This quote reinforces the big idea because it shows that Hamilton didn’t have much power or status which is directly correlated to the reason why he put so much effort into his work. Hamilton had to work harder and longer than other people of power. He may also have faced judgment in society due to his social standing.

Collective identity is constructed and can change over time

“‘You gotta fend for yourself’”

This quote expresses the big idea because it shows that Hamilton is going through a change in his character. His identity can be altered by external sources and his character is not set in stone.

The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change

In New York you can be a new man”

This quote very clearly demonstrates the truth of this big idea. New York being the new physical environment can directly effect the person or people. Hamilton is given a new set of opportunities, ideas, and adventures as a result to this new physical environment.


Independent Investigation #1

To what extent was income from fur trading responsible for the development of Canada?

 Part A: Historical SignificanceImage result for fur trade

The fur-trade was not only of importance to the development of Canada because of the source of new resources for European settlers, but also because of the vast amount of wealth to be earned. It is crucial to understand the historical significance because it not only outlines the direct effect of the income from fur-trading, but it also explores many factors that may not be easily correlated to the fur-trade.

The fur-trade can be summarized as the earliest and most impactful industry in North America. The fur-trade was started in the 1500’s due to the Europeans exchanging goods like knives, pots, axes, and other goods for the extremely popular fur. Soon after the trades had been started the fur industry began to boom. After the first French explorers sent the valuable fur back to Europe, it soon became very fashionable to wear these furs. The popularity of the furs made some explorers realize how vast the amount of wealth to be made in the fur industry was, and set sail to North America. This led to the sudden surge in Europeans coming to North America to settle.

The key idea in my inquiry question is the extent and responsibility the fur trade’s income has on the development of Canada. The first substantial effect on the development of Canada that has been initiated by the fur trade is the friendly relations between the Indigenous Peoples and European settlers. The economic bond between the Indigenous Peoples and European settlers is a critical point, especially in the Seven Year War. If not for the temptation of furs, European explorers might not have settled in Canada or even maintained friendly relations with the Indigenous Peoples after a while. The furs was a reason to keep putting money into sending explorers and investing in the European businesses.

The second key contribution to the development of Canada we see is the settlement of Europeans. In 1608, Samuel de Champlain founded a trading post which is now the present-day Quebec.This trading post became one of the most impactful factors in the development of Canada. The income from the fur trade not only enticed settlers to expand and extend their reach on the fur trade, but it also brought many more European explorers with a crave for wealth. Trading posts and trading routes began to spring up everywhere and development of Canada had begun.

Another key concept my researches has shown is the destruction of racial barriers. With the influx of European settlers coming to settle due to the grand profits to be made, population growth soon ensued. Although there was the Filles du Roi that jump-started the population growth in Canada, soon after European settlers began to build families with the Indigenous Peoples. This led to a race called the Métis to be born. The Métis were half-Europeans, half-Indigenous peoples. This was another scenario of friendly relations with Indigenous Peoples, but it was also a social change in the contemporary mindset. Albeit, the métis people faced racism at the start.

Cause and Consequence:Image result for fur trade

The original exchange of gifts between the first European explorers and the Indigenous Peoples occurred due to a meeting of foreign parties. The two parties simply wanted to express their goodwill and peace. The consequences of the Indigenous Peoples and the European settlers forming a strong economic bond was that the bond attracted more Europeans to come and partake in the booming trade. This soon led to Europeans taking away land from the Indigenous Peoples without their consent and agreement.

This also led to new European technologies being brought over to Canada. However, this had both negative and positive consequences. The negative consequences of the new European technology was that it brought an imbalance to the stability in the Indigenous tribes. The positive consequences was that Indigenous Peoples acquired innovative and new technology which helped the Indigenous Peoples advance.

Although the settlement of Canada inevitably caused a loss of land for the Indigenous Peoples, it also provided the foundation for the development of Canada. The trade routes also brought a lot of income to Europe, but once more, it was at the sacrifice of Indigenous Peoples lands and property.

Ethical Judgement:Image result for europeans and first nations

The influx of European explorers and settlers into Canada was not considered a big, ethical deal to the Europeans. The Europeans only saw the settlement of Canada as a quick way to earn cash and a place with free resources. The Europeans did not think they were doing any harm to the Indigenous Peoples since they were just taking advantage of free resources and land.

However, with our current moral values and standards, this sort of behavior is deemed heinous and disrespectful. The Indigenous Peoples had ownership over the land since they were here first and the European explorers should have discussed terms with them instead of forcefully seizing their land.

Part B: Social Studies Inquiry Processes:Image result for canada

In conclusion, I can say that the main factors that contributed to the development of Canada that were reliant on the income from fur trade are friendly relations with Indigenous People, settlement in Canada, vast amounts of income and resources, and the breaking of racial barriers. Although there were many factors that contributed to the development of Canada, the main and easiest ones to connect and correlate to the fur trade are those listed above. Building the nation of Canada was not only a tedious task, but a task that took many setbacks and long periods of time. It is impossible to consider every single factor that contributed to such a broad topic like the development of an entire nation. However, my research has already shown a lot of insight onto the effect and consequences that come with any decision and how they have specifically effected Canada through the fur trade. The fur trade was an extremely impactful event in Canadian history and it was definitely one of the cornerstones in the founding of our nation.



Photos of recent glass beads: wow beads

So this is my first time meeting my mentor since the accident happened. Most of my family doesn’t want to drive near my mentorship location anymore, but I got my mom to do it. Sadly, due to the sudden interruption I didn’t see my mentor in over 3 weeks. This may have led to a regression in my skill and efficiency in the craft. However, I will continue to work at lampworking and slowly improve over time even with the impediments I have or will face.

1.What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?

One of the interesting things my mentor does is he doesn’t just expose me to the refining and shaping of the bead, but instead, he lets me experience everything. From the set-up of the workshop to the sweeping of the floors at the end. I feel like this is a great method of teaching and mentoring because it gives me the full experience which allows me to be independent one day. Rather than him setting up everything for me to make the bead, I am learning the steps behind the main process.

2. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?

In the workshop, all the equipment is there and it is up to me to know what to use and what to prepare for my work. This way, I learn to be more independent since my mentor doesn’t set up the equipment for me. However, if I really have trouble remembering what I need for the work, I can always ask him for help.

3. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?

I could try and step up my glasswork to making miniature sculptures. Right now, other than making beads, stringers, and twists, I am not well-versed in the crafting of other glasswork. However, I can learn this by asking my mentor to teach me the technique for non-beads. Currently, I have quite a solid foundation in shaping and controlling the flow of glass so I should be able to handle the change.

4. When you get together what do you talk about?

Usually, we just have casual conversation and talk about what we’ve been doing in our lives. However, my mentor talks to me while refining beads so he will add in critiques periodically. Since lampworking is such a slow process, there isn’t need for a constant stream of insights coming from him. He only needs to interject when needed. On top of that, glass working requires focus and attention so sometimes silence is recommended.

5. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?

My mentor and I have a very casual and relaxing mood when we talk. It is very easy to approach my mentor and inquire about any issues I have. I also appreciate his critiques and tips, albeit they are always hidden in his words. It is also very nice that my mentor is very accepting of my schedule as well as my skill. Sometimes, I screw up my glass work but he always encourages me to work harder.

6.What are you learning about one another?

Since I have so many casual chats with my mentor while working, I learn quite a bit about his personal life. However, usually we talk about stuff related to the actual work. So I mostly learned about his past experience, how he got into the work, what his plans are for teaching and organizing events and things like that. I also share a bit about my life within through updates whenever we meet. Furthermore, my mom is close with him so she likes to join in on the conversation sometimes and I glean more insights from that.


  1. viva la revolution step
  2. The French Revolution is quite similar to the English Civil War in the regard that both of them had a lavish and overspending king as one of the main catalysts. These rulers both decided to impose high taxes which resulted in the big social, economic and technological uprisings. Both civilizations began to rebel against these high taxes which set off a series of changes to become these respective revolutions.
  3. The French Revolution ends in justice since the people had got what they wanted. They had executed King Louis XVI and ushered in a new age for the people. This led to the election of Napoleon who slowly brought the economy back up and satisfied the people. Not only was the economy restored, but new technology like the metric system and guillotines were now seeded into the society.

17th century? thats pretty far back blog post

Dear Johann,

It has been a long time since we have been in contact, dear brother. I fear it

may be the last. Johann, you know that I am no brother of the quill like you,

or a brother of the sword like our older brother. I barely know how to write

with all these cramp-words. The only reason I am writing this letter

because the gapeseed I’ve seen is not something we should ever see. Almost

like a Banbury tale, I can’t seem to piece any of it together. The black death

is what they call it. Utterly insufferable, that demon sucks the life out of

everyone down here in London. Michael was just enjoying his nipperkin the

other day and now he’s another victim to that heinous plague. Not only

Michael, Andrea is bedridden with this horrid curse. Even I don’t know what

to do anymore. I was in brown study for a while wondering if I should even

tell you about this. After all, I know this catastrophe has already started to

show up around your town. I always thought Michael would’ve died with a

sword to his throat and his hands on another man’s neck. Who would’ve

thought this could happen? These doctors aren’t doing anything and the

so-called King of ours is as useless as a heathen philosopher. All he can do is

spend money and tax us, that loathsome swill-belly! Either way, I pray this

letter reaches you before the black death does. I hope you can look after

mother and father with Michael being gone. I will try and come home

quickly, but who knows if I’ll make it before God calls me back. This whole

town is riddled with disease and gut-foundered folks. I pray the passage to

your town is much safer than these jumble-gut lanes I search through

looking for food. Pray, I’ll begin my journey in a fortnight if I can pack up all

my things quickly enough. Brother, I hope you don’t look down on me but I

fear that I must leave Andrea behind. Even with me, I doubt she’ll live to see

the next fortnight. Brother, I am on my way.

Signed, Rycher


It is week seven of in-depth projects and I have delved even deeper into the craft of glass working. So far I have made distinct progress since the beginning of my glass working journey. These are some pictures of the beads I have recently made with my newfound skills. I have mainly been focusing on beads, but I am slowly focusing more and more on the detailing of the beads rather than shaping them now. Techniques like dotting and striping have already been covered and I am moving into more complex techniques like twisting and melding.

(Pictures here because the file is too big to include:) (Don’t worry it is a safe link)

1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far?  Why?

Personally, the most difficult issue to deal with is the distance and meet ups. Naturally, the more I meet with my mentor the better. However, my mentor lives quite far away in Maple Ridge and is quite hectic to make the trip all the way over there. On top of that, we can only meet Saturdays, but sometimes I have plans on Saturdays which conflict. However, I still try to accommodate the in-depth project into my schedule and try to meet him at least once every two weeks. This is more of a convenience issue rather than a mentoring issue, but it still leaves a significant impact on the in-depth project.

2. What is working well? Why?

The formatting and teaching style of my mentor has been extremely effective for me. Since it is a 1 on 1 style mentorship it is very easy for us to fine tune the teaching to my style. If there is something I am having difficulty with I can clearly state the issues I’m having without being shy about anything. This makes the learning process comfortable and fluid for me.

3. What could be working better?  How can you make sure this happens?

I notice that I waste quite a bit of time at the end of the meetings since I have to wait for the beads to cool before removing them from the mandrils. This poses a problem because I do not meet my mentor very often and I would like to use our time together to its full potential. The way I will handle this is by possibly cooling the beads in the workshop while I am not there. Contrarily, I could also acquire my own bead cooling station if that is not a viable option. Either way, I have a contingency plan if all else fails.



1. Inquiry Question: What is the story of my first bought deck of cards?

2. Source: This is a primary source. The cards were produced by the United States Playing Card Company of Cincinatti. The deck was produced in U.S.A approximately 2-3 years ago, but there may be a large descrepancy from production to selling.

3. Context: At the time, I was someone who was only fascinated by magic and card tricks. I had an interest in learning the craft due to its flashiness and fluidity. However, I had no determination to back up my learning for the craft. One day, I felt like I wanted to learn because I wanted to impress certain people by doing magic. I didn’t have any specialty decks or anything so I grabbed one that I used to play card games. I practiced and learnt different techniques and tricks on it until all the cards were ruined. I kept repeating this process until I realized that some tricks needed a good deck. That’s when I went and bought this deck of Bicycle Cards. The reason I bought them was because I had become serious in my pursuit in becoming a magician.

4. Description: The cards have become brown at the edges and there are obvious folds in the middle of the cards. The box is peeling apart and the seal is waterdamaged. The cards are also sticking together more and don’t glide as easily as they should. It is interesting how some cards are in much better than condition others. For example, the ace of hearts is in very good condition compared to the nine of spades. I can’t explain how the damage to the cards happened in such a disorderly manner.

5. Inferences about perspective: The creator probably belonged to the Bicycle® Company. They probably made the source to earn money for their livelihood. They probably intended the cards to end up in the hands of someonewho either has an interest in card tricks or wants to play card games with others. The creator’s background could leave a big influence on the overall design of the card. In the card industry, the backs of the cards are one of the greatest selling features. The creator would be using his background and values to create a cardback that he enjoys and admires.

6. Infeence about inquiry question: I can learn that the owner is someone who enjoys using cards since that is something of great significance to them. One of the key concepts I can infer from the source is the way it was used and handled. From the folds of the cards and the slight browning at the edges. It is evident that the cards have been used for extended periods of time as the sweat in the hands had melted into it. This extends what I know about the owner because it gives insight about what the owner does for entertainment. It doesn’t tell me the daily lifestyle of the owner or why he decided to do card magic. I would like to know what the reason he started doing magic was.


how can we better understand the people of the past??? dw bro ill tell you

If we want to understand the people of the past as well as we can, then we need to understand the flaws and ideas we should avoid. First of all, it is crucial to understand that the people of the past may not have been as exposed to the knowledge you now consider something everyone should know. For example, in the past it was acceptable to have slaves and ownership over other human beings. Nowadays, that sort of behaviour is deemed unacceptable by the community. However, that stance may change in the future which leads to another scenario exactly like this.

I believe that there is always some truth in stereotypes and other big ideas ingrained into society. As someone who wants to accurately understand the people of the past, we need to understand the concepts behind their ideas. We need to find out and understand what concepts makes them believe what they believed. For example, why did people in the past believe it was a good idea to buy your way out of hell? That may seem like a silly and unreasonable idea now, but in the past it made sense. They believed that the church had the power to let our sins be forgiven and that God would forgive them if they paid the church money. Their morals and ideals were vastly different from our contemporary thoughts.

Naturally, as someone who has grown up in the 21st century. We have our ideals and morals that have been ingrained into our mind since young. These morals may interfere with our ability to comprehend the people of the past. We may appear biased when criticizing people of the past since we tend to judge them by our moral standards. The people of the past also grew up with their own set of morals ingrained into their mind and we must understand that context. We cannot deem them bad people by believing what was supposedly ‘right’ in their time.

Obviously, even people of the past have conflicted views over things and argue with each other. If even they who are supposed to understand their own time, still struggle over their views, then we have an even worse understanding. It is crucial to thoroughly explore and understand contemporary records of those historical events for a clearer perspective. The more sources, the better, and that is true for anything related to historical events.


  • What went particularly well during your mentoring sessions?

It has been very easy to learn and understand concepts from my mentor throughout our past 3 meetings. Due to the directness of glassblowing, he only guides me in the steps and leaves the rest up to practice and hard-work. His guiding hand has been an essential component to my learning experience. Without him correcting me and providing a beacon of light for me when I lead astray, I would’ve been lost and confused a long time ago. Not only has my mentor been a useful wellspring of information and guidance, he has also been someone who exhibits skills of a leader and role model. There is no rift between us and I feel safe and comfortable talking to him and asking for guidance. I have also been able to see my progress and development over the course of these meetings and practices.

  • What learning challenges emerged?

I have realized that glassblowing requires not only a strong and patient mental fortitude, but also a relaxed and sturdy physical body. I must be able to keep my arms straight and continuously turn them for long periods of time. Not only that, but I must make sure to keep my attention focused and attuned to the dangers of the fire. I have already burnt myself once while being unattentive and touching the torchlamp by accident. Staying safe is the most important concept no matter what you are doing, but in glassblowing there is a lot more precautions to take. However, it may be a lot to deal with in a single moment, but practice and patience will help me build the right endurance and mindset to efficiently and effectively work in this situation.

  • What logical challenged affected your communication?

It has come to my attention that an art like glassblowing requires many hours of experience and practice. This is an issue due to the fact that the MRL club is located quite a ways away from my home and that it is only open at certain times. Although this hasn’t been a huge issue so far, it may grow into a substantial impediment for my in-depth. It is also important to recognize that these blog posts may require certain questions answered. If for some reason I am unable to meet with my mentor it poses a problem for me to be able to communicate with him. For example, I emailed my mentor to fill out the criminal record check and I think he has already, but I cannot receive it yet due to the schedule of our next meeting.