1. NO ALCHOCOL. NO DRUGS. NO WEED During the course it is not allowed to use alcohol (beer, vodka, whiskey, rum etc.), smoking weed or using narcotics. If some of the students will be using alcohol in the evening - at next day, he will be not allowed to work and learn and this day will be lost for him as we are responsible for giving razor sharp tools to persons with coordination problems.
Smoking is allowed only outside of the Barn and the Manor buildings. No smoking is allowed interiors.
2. EXTREME SHARPNESS Tools are extremely razor sharp - they should be taken with utmost care and attention - both not to spoil their edge dropping it on the concrete floor, so does injuring oneself.
You take full responsibility of using the tools and working with them. If accidentally you will be injured - we have first aid kit in the corner of the barn - left from the stage. If the injury will be serious - you will be taken to the doctor to the nearest hospital in Sigulda (15 mins drive).
3. STEEL TOES Hewing Japanese style while standing on the log is only allowed with steel toe boots.
4. HELP EACH OTHER You should be helpful to each other, if something happens - be sure you can take care about your group member. Students will treat other with respect and dignity. Always treat others the way you would want to be treated.
5. LEARN HOW TO LIFT Lifting takes more than muscle; it is an art. Don't try to show how strong you are; you may end up in a hospital. Get help to handle anything that is too heavy or cumbersome for you.
6. DON'T BE A PRANKSTER Practical jokes and horseplay can be dangerous, especially using sharp tools. If you feel the urge to play, resist it until after work. No vulgarisms are allowed during courses.
7. BE TIDY Good housekeeping reduces hazards in the workplace or your home. Always put away tools when they are not in use. Keep the floors clean, pick up scraps and wipe up spills. A slip or trip can be fatal. After work always help to clean up the barn floor and put the tools back to the tool tables.
8. REPORTING IS IMPORTANT Never fail to report accidents, defective equipment or unsafe conditions.
9. GET FIRST AID IMMEDIATELY If you're hurt - even if it seems minor. Neglect of an injury may lead to serious infection, weeks of lost time, and possibly permanent injury.
10. STAY ALERT - and stay alive. The more awake a craftsman is, the less likely he or she is to get hurt. If you are unsure how to use the tools or perform a task, ask your teacher. Don't guess and muddle through. Make sure you know in advance the correct, safe way to do it. If you have not slept well, do not pretend to be a hero - go and take a nap. Sleepy heads are dangerous!
11. TOOL CARE Treat all equipment and hand tools with respect. These tools are dangerous and must be handled properly. These tools will be used by all the classes and if they are mishandled they will not last.
12. NO POLITICS It is dangerous to start talking and discussing about politics. There are always many opininons about what is good or what is bad what is right and what is wrong. It can make nerves suffer (and not only nerves) if discussions go wild about global political problems. So let's leave them at home! We are here to learn and to build. To Create.