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Becoming a Carpenter

Updated on May 5, 2011
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.

Of all the careers to choose from, you might be surprised to see carpenter on the list.  But this profession is a good one if you are the one for the job.

What does a carpenter do?  Most people would say that they make furniture.  Well…..  Some do that, but there is so much more to what a carpenter does.

An Artist's Heart

A carpenter works with wood.  They can make beds, cabinets, dressers, chairs.  Their expertise can be called upon to build doors, barns, houses, swing sets, and home remodeling.  They are builders and artists all in one.

Have you seen a handmade piece of furniture?  It is absolutely beautiful.  You can see the precision that the carpenter uses to create his masterpiece.  The attention to detail is nothing that a factory made piece can compare to.  In fact centuries later, a particular carpenter’s work could be worth a fortune if it has his mark on it.

A painter has his canvas.  A carpenter has his wood.  He can take simple wood and construct a usable yet ornate piece of furniture.

The Heart of a House

But they can do so much more. Need to build a house? Call a carpenter. Need to remodel? Call a carpenter. They are the ones who can get those walls perfect and give you the ability to enter your home through a door. They install window frames, skylights, and give much of the support for each home standing.

A carpenter builds the stairwell and the ornate railing.  They are the masterminds behind the arched doorway.  A house cannot be built without an experienced carpenter on the team.  In fact a team of carpenters are needed to build some of the beautiful homes you see.

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How to Become One

How do you become a carpenter?  There is no just one way.  Some go to technical colleges to learn the trade which includes how to read blueprints and understand building codes.  Since this usually costs money, most carpenters take the route of apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship includes working under a master.  You would work about three to four years for a carpenter and learn the trade.  They will teach you hands on and take you right into the building and creation process.  This route to becoming a carpenter shows you what it will really be like as one and gives you the hands on experience that many contractors are working for.

Though carpenters do make furniture and beautiful pieces of furniture, most carpenters are employed by contractors to build homes or work on remodeling projects.  They go from project to project and do a variety of work.  There is no day that is exactly the same.

Show Me the Money

Are you going to become a millionaire? More than likely not. The average wage for a carpenter is less than $20 an hour. The majority are self-employed and work for other people. A few own their own businesses and become the masters that train the apprentices. The money comes from the experience and skill the carpenter possesses.  The more skill and the more the carpenter stands out from the others in his style, his quality, and his craftsmanship the more he will make as clients seek him out.

Becoming a carpenter requires attention to detail, ability to work with your hands, and the desire to learn. The world is always in need of a good carpenter.


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    • Paradise7 profile image

      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      This was interesting. I like wood (I have built my own bookcases, several times. That's a relatively easy thing to do--they are simple pieces).

      There is such a prejudice against women entering skilled trades via apprenticeship, or at least there was back when I was making a career decision. I hope things have changed for the better in that respect, now.

      Otherwise, I think I might have pursued that occupation.

      Thanks for a very interesting and informative hub.

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      Linda Myshrall 7 years ago

      Finally something worth reading and commenting on. I am one of those women who would rather spend money on crown moldings than diamonds. It was smart of me to marry a contractor ;) Thanks for a hub with some actual information in it!

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      My elder brother is a cabinet maker and also does BEAUTIFUL furniture. He could talk about wood and everything you mention for hours!!!! I think it would be nice if I custom ordered some of his work!

      There are some beautiful pieces here and a well done hub, RGraf

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      expert hub great wood work thanks