Carpentry is one of the oldest arts. When man was nomadic and moved from one place to another frequently, the building of some form of moveable shelter (i.e. tepees) was needed. When agriculture became part of man’s life, housing that was more permanent was necessary. Wood was the logical choice for building at the times since the first tools were too soft to work stone. As the tools became more sophisticated, so did the building materials and buildings. Carpentry became a trade, and to this day carpenters are a necessary part of construction everywhere.
Becoming a carpenter involves a lot of training and learning numerous skills. The work of a carpenter can be strenuous and requires physical strength and stamina. A carpenter also needs to have great hand-eye coordination, and a good sense of balance. In addition, it is important to have the ability to solve mathematical problems in a quick and accurate manner. An apprenticeship will have the future carpenter work closely with a skilled tradesman. Schooling is also a part of becoming a carpenter.
It is not an easy career to get into or to maintain, the work of a carpenter is hard labor, and absolute dedication is necessary to be successful in this line of work. This may be the reason for a lack in young people that are willing to pursue the age- old trade. In recent years, the number of carpenter apprentices has gone down considerably. If this trend continues, the future of these skilled tradesmen and the carpentry industry as we know it today is going to be bleak. It is hard to imagine that, unless something changes, the old art of carpentry that has survived and thrived for such a long time may be gone forever, and that carpenters may be a dying breed.