A furniture carpenter is known as a carpenter in the industry, although some may initially train as general carpenters and then specialize in building furniture for the home or office. Carpenters create handmade furniture using traditional hand tools and computerized numerical control (CNC) machinery. Carpenters specialize in carpentry, making furniture and buildings out of wood and repairing various wooden things. If you wanted beautiful handmade wooden cabinets in your kitchen, you would hire a carpenter.
The word has existed since the 14th century, but has been a common surname for a longer time. It comes from the late Latin carpentarius, manufacturer of wagons, with its root word carpentum, wagon. Carpentry is defined as the craft of cutting and joining wood to construct buildings or other structures. Formal training in the carpentry industry is available in seminars, certification programs, high school programs, online classes, in the fields of newly-built carpentry, restoration and preservation.
Carpenters traditionally worked with natural wood and did more rugged work, such as framing, but today many other materials are also used, and sometimes the more refined crafts of cabinetmaking and furniture construction are considered carpentry. A furniture carpenter builds or repairs desks, chairs, shelves, and other types of wooden furniture. These sessions generally cover carpentry in general and not just furniture-related jobs, although some institutions offer classes on specific aspects of the trade that students can enlist after completing general courses.