Job of the Month- Carpenters

Carpentry is among one of the oldest and most sought after lines of profession in the world. It continues to grow and evolve as new technology and architecture develops. We want to dedicated this months Job of the Month to carpentry, furthermore, explaining the difference between some of the types of carpentry that are currently in demand.

What is Carpentry?

The actual dictionary definition of carpentry is as follows:

  • The art or trade of a carpenter; specifically: the art of shaping and assembling structural woodwork
  • Timberwork constructed by a carpenter
  • The form or manner of putting together the parts (as of a literary or musical composition)*

*(We added that last portion just to have the full definition and all it’s parts, it doesn’t have anything to do with the construction carpentry we’re talking about here).

As you can see, there is a very broad definition of carpentry. As someone works in the carpentry field and gathers knowledge and training, they will quickly learn there are many variables and demands of a carpenter that isn’t listed above.

What does a Carpenter do?

This is where it gets fun. Carpenters work mainly with wood, but knowledge with other materials are needed to perform entire tasks. They are the experts when building frameworks and structures. This could include many types of jobs such as window frames, stairways, doorframes, support structures, among many others.

They specialize in many areas such as:

  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Siding of a house or building
  • Shelving
  • Rafters
  • Bridge supports

And those are just to name a few. Carpenters know and understand most aspects of the building process and responsible for the assembly.

Although most carpenters are skilled in many different aspects of the building process, some have more extensive knowledge in a particular area. Here are a few of the differences between some common carpentry names you’ll hear.

Framing Carpenter

Specializes in framing structures, such as doors, windows, moldings, etc. They have a precise vision for perfecting measurements that will fit pieces just right.

Finish Carpenter

Just as the name indicates, a Finish Carpenter is the person that comes in after the structure has been built and finishes the last touches. These carpenters have an extreme eye for detail and will fix or perfect any of the work that was previously done.

Most finish carpenters must have a sense of design, or aesthetic skills, since their job often involves adding shapes, patterns, or colors to the job.

Rough Carpenter

Although not in every case, but this is where many carpenters often start out. A rough carpenter is a complete phase of learning the basics of woodwork, understanding the math and angle skills, and getting comfortable with different tools. As they grow in the profession, the develop more advanced skill. Through this process, they either enjoy the entirety of carpentry and continue on this path, or they find aspects they love and focus on perfecting that trade, such as the design of a finish carpenter, or the precision of a framing carpenter.

Keep in mind these are just basic examples of what people may be looking for in the carpentry industry. There is no one size fits all explanation and many carpenters try to learn all of the stages of building.

Let’s put it this way… Construction is always a series of stages, one thing completes and another starts. Different carpenters are called for different stages in the building process.

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