I am the first featured collector to this new website! I am looking forward to sharing, here we go!
Staying at my workshop, cutting boards and building cabinets is just a day in my life as a carpenter. From sunup to sundown, my mind, arms and body are turned towards my work table, finishing drafts to calculate the proportions and executing these plans. I’m always busy with my hands, working with raw materials to build structures.
But making furniture, doors, and window fittings is not everything I do. I also take construction projects to work as a framework carpenter, establishing the building frames for commercial and residential properties. It all seems like a lot of work, but I have been doing this my whole life – Now, pounding on nails and drilling are no different from breathing, for me.
I began my apprenticeship at my father’s own workshop during a time when other kids were enjoying their Happy Meals. I grew up in a small town, with a small family, having only the bare necessities of life. I neither knew nor acknowledged it at the time how valuable the things I had. But it was, indeed, all I needed to be successful in carpentry.
What Does It Take To Be A Carpenter?
With carpentry, you learn most things by application and practice. I am fortunate to have a father who taught me everything he knew about carpentry. I am also fortunate to learn all the basic knowledge about woodwork’s in such a young age. That’s because it took me through the tedious process of learning, making mistakes and then learning from mistakes, which then helped me hone my skills to perfection. By the time I was ready to choose my career, I was ready.
Aside from the wood shop in junior and senior high, and more time spent at my father’s workshop, I later enrolled for training to earn certifications in carpentry and become a better builder. It was a great opportunity to have because I gained new skills, improved my work ethic, and helped with my credibility.
As a grownup with years of experience in the industry, I find the subjects of ethics, sustainability and social responsibility important enough to let them take center stage in construction discussions. These different aspects of carpentry are crucial in keeping the industry strong, reliable and credible for many years to come.
There are quite a number of issues with ethics that I have seen in my service as a carpenter. These include the use of low-quality materials or even endangered ones, the use of green or sustainable materials and, not to mention, the substantial volume of construction scraps we leave behind.
Carpenters always aim for structural integrity, but there are times it’s been done at the mercy of our environment and, even, of our own health. We are exposed to many toxic materials, some of them are only recently banned from use because research took time to find how they can lead to the deterioration of health of construction workers exposed to certain harmful chemicals.
As a carpenter, I’m also confronted with the dilemma on the application of modern tools, techniques and technical know-how while keeping my services and final product affordable for property owners. I believe all carpenters should always work hard to keep up with the times and be ready to take the challenges of modern construction.
My profession is far from perfect. As a carpenter, I am faced with so many responsibilities, and I grapple with many interests that must be equally protected. All the structures that you see used as an emblem of a new century and a new generation are created by means that took time to develop. They were built by so many hands whose lives are exposed to so many risks.
But all this is a labor of love for me. Building things has always been my passion. I have always thought a house isn’t a home without carpenters. If I don’t paint on the walls, build doors and windows, or make furniture for your indoor comfort, life at home wouldn’t be the same.
It takes a carpenter’s job to ensure there are no leaks, holes, molds or any insect infestation to bother you. It takes a carpenter’s job to achieve the structure, balance and harmony you need to be safe and sound indoors. There are many more things I can say that makes me an important part of your family’s life but, for sure, you already know that.
I am not much of a collector, I collect what I build in my spare time and that can range from cabinets, to chests, to bowls and knickknacks. The reason I took advantage of this opportunity is because it’s always good to share your experience with those who care to read it; someone might learn something!
Be well, friends.