Carpentry

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Carpentry Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    carpentry n : the craft of a carpenter: making things out of wood [syn: woodworking, woodwork]
Carpentry Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Carpentry \Car"pen*try\, n. [F. charpenterie, OF. also carpenterie. See Carpenter.]
  1. The art of cutting, framing, and joining timber, as in the construction of buildings.
  2. An assemblage of pieces of timber connected by being framed together, as the pieces of a roof, floor, etc.; work done by a carpenter.

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A carpenter (builder) is a skilled craftsperson who performs carpentry, see also Joiner. Carpenters work with timber to construct, install and maintain buildings, furniture, and other objects. The work may involve manual labor and work outdoors.

Carpentry skill is gained through experience and study. Outside of unions, there are no formal training requirements (in the U.S.) and the trade can be easy to enter. In other countries, such as Germany, Japan and Canada there are strict standards.

The word "carpenter" is the English rendering of the Old French word carpentier (become charpentier) which is derived from the Latin carpentrius

In United States carpenters are commonly referred to as "woodpeckers".In British slang, a carpenter is sometimes referred to as a "chippie". In Australia, they are often called "tradies". One of the German words for carpenter is "Zimmermann" from the Middle High German zimbermann (a compound of zimber, zim(m)er cf. English ‘timber’ + mann ‘man’), and hence is the source for the surname in German and English-speaking countries. Other woodworking names/professions, that also occur as a surname, are Tischler and Schreiner.

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