Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Carpentry, derived from Celtic, and having the same root as car and chariot, seems to have formerly represented especially what we now call a wheelwright or coachbuilder. At present it denotes one who puts together woodwork, particularly such as is joined by nails, clamps, and the like, the word joiner being used for one who makes articles of furniture, and fits his work together by means of glue. In its widest sense carpentry is the art of putting together the framework of houses and other constructions, and is an important branch of building, demanding a wide and thorough knowledge of mechanics, such as the nature of materials, the principles of weight, resistance, and the like. In a narrower sense it is applied to any worker in wood, and denotes equally the man who puts up a conservatory and him who makes a rabbit-hutch or a dog-kennel.