Where to Go to Get Basic Woodworking Lessons

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Wood is by far the most popular material in the world for home items such as chairs, benches, doors, windows, cabinets, tables, wardrobes and jewellery boxes. Wood is still widely used to make houses in many countries and not even only poor countries either. So it follows that woodworking is one of the most sought after skills in the world too.
Even though there is always a high demand for items made from wood, there is always a shortage of good wood workers, carpenters and cabinet makers. This makes woodworking in any of its various guises a good trade to enter. In the past, there were shuttering carpenters, joiners, carpenters, ships’ carpenters, furniture makers, cabinet makers and wood workshop workers. These different types have merged to a certain degree.
So, what do you do if you want to go into the profession? Well, the traditional course was to become an apprentice to a tradesman, but that practice largely died out in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The path now is more likely to be through school and technical college, together with short term placements in industry until the ‘apprentice’ has passed his or, more and more often nowadays, her, final exams.
There is a lot of competition for jobs in the construction industry in the West at the moment, so credentials are pretty essential, although any foreman carpenter knows within fifteen minutes of watching someone working how skilled that person is. They can usually tell just by looking in their tool bag in fact.
At woodworking school, besides being taught how to handle, cut and shape wood, the student will also be taught other subjects such as relevant mathematics, how to identify different timbers, woodworking tools and equipment, how to read woodworking plans and architectural drawings, how to finish wood, such as polishing and varnishing and health and safety.
At woodworking school the student is introduced to the many facets and niche trades of woodworking and it is hoped that the student will show a preference or even an talent for one niche over another. This permits the teacher to steer the student down the specific route relevant to that niche and find the student placements within industry relevant to the student’s particular interests.
From this point on, the woodworking class may start to be segmented so that each section can specialize in its own particular niche. This may not happen until the second or third year of a three or four year course. At this juncture it is worth saying that the student should go as far as possible down the path to his or her niche as he/she can.
This is because, on a building site, it is widely recognized that the carpenter is in the most highly educated tradesman on site. It is for this reason that most general foremen are carpenters. Under the general foreman, there may be a foreman bricklayer, a foreman painter et cetera, but the foreman of these foremen is usually a carpenter.
Therefore, other abilities will have to be learned too. Once the student has left school and found a job, it is worth still going to night classes or asking the boss if there is a day release scheme to continue education. If being foreman is an aim, then you will need a good command of language in order to communicate with customers, fellow workers and management.
You will require people skills too and an ability to read plans and drawings and understand the financial aspects of a job. You will also have to be able to handle rude clients and grumpy bosses and learn what you can and what you cannot do to correct late or lazy workers.
They may teach some of the theory of these subjects in woodworking school, but not as much as you will learn on site. Once you have learned the basics of how a real site works, then you can go back to night school to learn the finer points. In woodworking, as in all professions, you never know enough so you must always keep learning.

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