Carpentry and woodworking are two very similar, but unique building activities. One type is mostly associated with building large structures, such as a home, garage, or shopping mall. The other is more closely associated with smaller projects such as birdhouses. The woodworker is considered more of a hobbyist and the carpenter is a professional in most cases. However, is there really any difference between carpentry and woodworking?
With a carpentry job, you may most likely work on a home or a commercial building from start to finish. They are ones who lay out the foundation and they are the ones who may ensure the concrete is poured properly, that the roof is shingled, and more. Their job is a little bit of everything.
A woodworker may have a variety of things that they build out of wood. For instance, they may build the cabinets for a kitchen, but it is the carpenter that installs those cabinets. The woodworker can do virtually everything that a carpenter can do and vice versa. It is just a title that each one carries and there is a certain amount of responsibility that goes with each one.
In both cases, they must share common traits. For instance, they must both enjoy working to build something new. They both must also go through extensive training, both in school and on the job to be considered a professional. In fact, most develop a love of building and working with wood when they are both in high school studying woodshop or something similar.
Carpenters are also more likely to get paid more than a woodworker. This is mostly due to the skill level required to do everything that must do. It comes after only an extensive time and most carpenters begin as a trainee or “go-fers” before they are allowed to work up to more responsibility.
The thing is, not all people require extensive training to do either one. A person who enjoys woodworking can teach themselves how to build virtually anything that they want. They simply will not be able to do it on a professional level. They can do small projects and if they are able to do it well enough, they can do things for a carpentry company, but they most likely will not be able to start their own business without backing from someone else. The woodworker can create smaller projects, which can be sold for a decent profit.