One of our close friends in a woodworking master, and he builds amazing guitars by hand alongside his main joinery business.
These guitars are a thing of beauty, but his joinery is also second to none.
HIs most common jobs include:
- Making bespoke doors and window frames
- Creating fitted furniture, it could be free standing or build into a building
- Building stairs and other fittings of a house
Sometime people confuse him for a carpenter, but they are quite different in what they do day to day.
The most common jobs for a carpentry company are usually:
- Fitting floors
- Fitting staircases
- Fixing window frames
- Installing cupboards and shelves
Even though they may seem quite similar, the main difference is that carpenters almost always work on-site of an ongoing project or build.
Their specialised skill is dealing with wooden fixtures in the context of an overall project.
A joiners special skill is in the joining of wood to make it into an element that will go into the overall build.
As previously mentioned, some people actually specialise in both, and offer a more rounded approach to both joinery and carpentry.
When tradespeople are learning to become either a joiner or a carpenter, they will learn the basics of both trades.
Once they have progressed far enough in woodwork, they will choose to specialise in one or the other.
Very often they will go back to learning more about the other trade, or they will work with a master that already specialises in both and their skill will develop in both directions.
Since a joiner is essential someone who makes things from scratch out of wood, and a carpenter is someone who mainly installs these types of wooden components, you can see how both skills have a certain amount of overlap.