Carpentry involves the manipulation of wood to various shapes and sizes to create different items such as doors, beds, houses or art pieces. Carpenters can create new pieces or repair the broken ones. The skill requires precision and a creative mind. Carpenters use different types of equipment to prepare their finished pieces. These are used to cut, measure, smoothen, join, drive nails and create various finishes on the wood.
The field of carpentry has been in existence for many centuries now. The earliest known carpenters include the biblical Joseph, father of Jesus Christ who lived more than 2000 years ago or the brilliant inventor Leonardo Da Vinci. To date, carpentry skills come in handy in almost every aspect of our lives as we seek shelter and basic items to use around our homes and work places.
In the past, carpentry involved a lot of physical work and involved logging trees, cutting them up for timber and later joining them with nails or glue to create houses and other structures. From the very beginning, carpentry has been a valued profession. In the past, it was regarded as a vital architectural skill that enabled people get decent housing. The ability to turn such a natural resource from just trees to housing and furniture, plus the physical input that was needed called for reverence to the industry. Carpenters back then were regarded as highly skilled professionals just like scholars and scientists.
Today, however, the prestige of the job has gone down as more intellectual careers take the top positions. Nevertheless, the demand for carpentry skills is still rife. Wood remains one of the most used materials globally. The majority of domestic housing in the US is still wood-based and a lot of the furniture we use in our houses uses the same. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) places the growth of the industry at 24%, rating it as one of the most rapidly growing industries. This is to a good extent influenced by the ever-expanding housing market. As the population increases, the need for more housing does too and this means more jobs for carpenters.
There are several ways of joining the carpentry industry. One customary way is that of apprenticeship. The passage of skills from one generation to the next was a trusted way of passing education and customs in the past. An interested individual can work under the direction of an experienced hand until he/she is able to work by themselves. Once competent enough, they are given a test and then registered under the state body. The other way or becoming a carpenter is by getting formal education through a diploma or certificate course.
In the year 2013, BLS placed the mean salary of carpenters at $40,000.