either to make a request or just to say hi.
“When a student or professor is trying to
build something, talking to someone on the
Mr. VanDenhoff started training for the role,
whether he knew it or not, when he was just seven
A tradition of glassblowing welds
father and son
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The craft of repairing and customizing lab equipment passes from one generation to the next at Brock
years old – “horsing around with dad” is how he
puts it. Dad just happened to be the scientific
glassblower at Brock at the time. When John
VanDenhoff retired in 2006 after 40 years of
service, Jordan took his place at the workbench.
Scientific glassblowing runs even deeper in the
family. Jordan’s uncle also practised the craft
and his cousin went on to become the scientific
glassblower for the National Research Council.
Having a scientific glassblower on hand
isn’t unheard of in a university. The University
of Saskatchewan claims to employ the only scientific glassblower in the province. McMaster
and Memorial universities, and the universities of British Columbia, New Brunswick and
Lethbridge are among other institutions that
have a glassblower on staff.– anqi shen
at brock university, the unique and highly
skilled trade of scientific glassblowing recently changed hands from father to son. Jordan
VanDenhoff spends his days building custom
glassware for researchers and repairing damaged lab equipment like flasks and test tubes.
Working as part of technical services in the faculty of mathematics and science, he often has
visitors dropping in to his glassblowing shop,
Glassblower Jordan VanDenhoff repairs
lab equipment in his workshop.