What is carpentry?
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What Is Carpentry?
Look all around you; you are bound to come across several products made from wood in one sweep of your gaze. In your house, your school or workplace, wherever you go, you would come across something or the other that a skilled worker would have made for you to use.
Carpentry is a skilled trade which involves constructing furniture, houses, ships, offices, shops, and uses materials involving wood and timber, although now other materials are also being incorporated in such constructions.
There are three main categories that are a part of carpentry – 1st Fix, 2nd Fix and Final fix. The first involves making structural components that do not require a finish. Things like Joists, trusses, rafters and stud walls that go within a structure (and which would be later covered) is known as 1st fix carpentry. 2nd and final encompasses those things that need a finer finish and remain visible as opposed to be covered with another layer, window installations, doors, skirtings and kitchens and all those exposed wooden components need a more refined hand and neater finish.
Other sub categories have also branched out from the two main ones, into more specific and specialized divisions. Cabinetry is one such division wherein, a carpenter only makes cabinets customized to the need of the space and person who is having them made. Whether kitchen cabinets, or cupboards, or even those for office use, each type of cabinet has specifications that are utilized differently. Further customizations are upon the likings of people who have to use them.
Yet another classification is green carpentry, whereby only environmentally friendly materials are used. Reclaimed wood or wood from renewable forests are utilized to make everything and with as low wastage as possible. It is specialized because it can be certified to be a “green product” and not every piece of handicraft can be given this accreditation.
Not everyone can be skilled at making ships (or on smaller level, boats) even. This is another specialized branch of carpentry. Ship carpentry involves the construction, maintenance and repairs of ships and boats and is in need of persons with specific set of skills for seamless functioning.
It is interesting to note that within categories, there are even further concentrations in the field. One such highly developed category is of construction carpentry. This involves residential carpentry, commercial carpentry and industrial carpentry. As the names suggest, residential carpentry revolves around building and renovating houses, condos, apartments and other residential properties; whereas commercial carpentry involves any construction pertaining to commercial buildings – including but not restricted to office buildings, plazas and malls, and even schools and hospitals. The last type of carpentry meanwhile involves construction of dams and sewers and anything on an industrial level.
Carpentry seems to be a pretty straightforward endeavor, however, once you delve into the topic it keeps branching off into directions with need of highly specialized skills. With this specialization, there arises a need for highly specialized workers and each branch has its own type of carpenter involved in high skilled work.
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