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| THE OSHAWA CHAPTERS
The de Jonge complex comprises of a half acre apartment
zoned property replete with three dwellings that front
the street and with three separate garages directly
in the rear of each dwelling. The center home houses
the de Jonge family.The dwelling on the left serves
as a workshop on its ground floor, with the second
story converted into a sleeping quarters for students
and or guests.
The dwelling on the right is currently
rented to an old de Jonge friend and his garage has
been converted into a second workshop. The garage
behind the de Jonge house has been renovated to a
living quarters for students while the last garage
is now a parts and wood storage facility. In any event
I was to call home the living quarters above the left
side workshop for the duration of my stay in Oshawa..I
was here to construct a Classical latticed braced
guitar under the guidance and tutelege of Sergei de
Jonge in a month long hands on workshop.
As Sergei tells it; when his houses and lot were purchased
the doors and windows of the dwellings were boarded
up .When Sergei actually entered the homes ,much to
his surprise he found that scavengers had stripped
the house of any thing of value to include interior
piping and wiring. So needless to say it had been
and still is an uphill battle to get the premises
in a liveable and serviceable state. However in the
Indian Summer of 1999..three years from its purchase
date the structures, while not yet finished, were
totally serviceable for an instructional program on
Classical guitar Making. Point of fact..when we arrived
at the de Jonges , Sergei was in the midst of installing
a heater for the workshop and finishing a bedframe
for the upstairs unit so we would all have a place
to sleep.The rule here is the Canadian version of
: "No Worry Be Happy ". What needs to be
done....somehow gets done.