Production has never been our primary focus. We love focussing on training and equipping our students, but sometimes we have unique production opportunities that challenge our students to grow. This past weekend we had that opportunity. Ramon and our apprentices, Angel, Erick, and Marcos made some beautiful wooden medals for the Sabana Invitational tournament in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Throughout the past few years we've had a close relationship with the Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf community in Nicaragua. We've had the chance to create medals, prizes, or equipment for them. You may remember a Facebook picture of wooden frisbees that our carpenter, Erick made for the Nicaraguan national championship in March. Each opportunity like this takes our staff and apprentices to the next level. It exposes them to designs and techniques they may not have explored otherwise.
Nick D., the tournament organizer, designed a pineapple to be the symbol on the medals to represent Costa Rica, the host country. The wood chosen for the metals is Guayacán, a tree native to Central America. There were three countries (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama) represented by five teams: Red Mustaches, Junior 'Staches, CDS, Dale Pues, and Panama Ultimate. Panama ended up beating Nicaragua in the finals in order to take home the gold... or in this case the wooden medals.
It is so cool to think that something created in Nicaragua traveled to Costa Rica and is now on its way to Panama. ESVO's global reach is growing! Congratulations to the teams who participated! We look forward to dreaming up more prizes next year.
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