Each was presented a glass trophy in a ceremony before family, friends and high school students brought in to learn more about Lanier Tech.

“Tradesmen and tradeswomen are very important to the economy of this country, this state and county,” said Carl Rogers, Lanier Tech’s vice president of economic development, to the audience.

Addressing the students, he said, “I know you’re trying to make a decision on what you want to do. As several of our honorees have said, follow your heart.”

The Chic or Shabby pair also had wisdom to share to students or even would-be craftsmen.

“You can go into your grandfather’s barn and look around at all the old pieces that are out there, break ’em apart and rehab and refinish them,” England said.

In turning an interest into livelihood, Lewis said, “if you’ve a craft and you’ve got a passion, then go for it.”


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