Back in the 1930`s in Northern California there lived two craftsmen, Gilbert and Paul. Gilbert and Paul were carpenters, more specific, they were framers of stick frame houses. Paul was the “cut off man” and Gilbert measured and hammered in the nails – “the framer”. Gilbert would measure for the length of the boards he needed and shout the measurements to Paul. Paul would saw the lumber and toss it to Gilbert. Gilbert would nail it into place. In this fashion they framed hundreds of homes. Over time the reputation of Gilbert and Paul grew. They were known as tradesmen you could trust, as tradesmen who built strong, correct structures. They never had to look for work. Contractors sought them out and paid above scale.
Monday morning came and Gilbert and Paul prepared their pick-up for a long drive to yet another house site. The foundation had been poured the week before, and very early that morning the lumber company had dropped off the two by fours, beams and miscellaneous lumber needed to frame the house. The site was a couple of hours away but when they arrived the sun had just begun to provide enough light to work by. Gilbert strapped on his nail belt and began laying out studs for the first wall as Paul set-up saw horses and unpacked his saw and square. As Gilbert shouted out his first measurements for cuts he would need he realized he had forgotten his hammer. With all their experience, with all the careful planning, with all the materials ready, with all the time and sunlight, Gilbert and Paul could not frame this house.