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Fall, 2003: Issue #3:

World Slating and Tiling Championships: 2002-2005

    The 15th International Federation of Roofing Trades (IFD) World Congress was held November 5-9 in Dublin, Ireland in the fall of 2002, coinciding with the World Slating and Tiling Championships for Young Roofers. A reception for delegates was held at the famous Guinness Brewery in the heart of Dublin. [Read more about this here.]

    The only American delegate to attend the Congress was Joe Jenkins of Joseph Jenkins, Inc., Grove City, PA, who enjoyed the complimentary open tap at the Guinness brewery. Jenkins also took two of his children to Dublin, daughter Phoebe, age 12, and son Orion, age 17, an apprentice slater (now in 2016 owner of Jenkins Slate Masters).

    After the Congress, the Jenkins clan traveled to Amsterdam, rented a car, and toured the slate mines of Europe while researching the second edition of the Slate Roof Bible, which is published and authored by Jenkins (see more information about the Slate Roof Bible 2nd Edition here).

    Eight countries competed for a gold, silver, or bronze medal in Dublin. Each team of two young roofers with one older mentor was required to complete the compulsory tasks illustrated below: task 1 on day one, task 2 on day two, and finally, the free-form valley task on day three.

    Unfortunately, the "slates" used for compulsory task 1 were "fake slates," not the real thing, and only one country (Belgium) used natural slates for its optional task, the center valley. Austria won the Gold medal, Switzerland took the Silver medal, and the UK won the Bronze medal.

    You can see photos of the competition on the Traditional Roofing website. The 2003 IFD Congress was held in Budapest, Hungary, from 9 to 11 October, 2003. The 2004 IFD Congress and World Championship for Young Roofers took place in Belgium in the city Wépion from 4 to 6 November, 2004.

    For further information about IFD please have a look at:

    See photos and video of the Slate Roofing Contractors Association attending the 2010 IFD Congress in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


World Slating and Tiling Championships: 2002-2005

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