Sunday, 17 January 2016

Serendipity Sunday - If I Were Carpenter...

After high school and a quick stint at a fast food joint which she hated, my daughter sort of fell into the carpentry business. That was over 18 years ago. After that first job of hammering out trusses she has done everything from building to fine carpentry.  She learned how to work a computerized saw, put up siding on houses, and she did her own renovations of her house. At one time she was a project manager for insurance restorations; assessing the damage, estimating the cost to rebuild, hiring sub-trades and overseeing the project. She found she was happier with tools in her hands.

So a few years ago, as a single mother of 2, she decided to enter the apprenticeship program and this past December she became a Carpenter Journeyperson.

When she started down this career path we didn't know that she comes from a long line of carpenters.  It was only while researching our family history that we see where she gets her passion for carpentry.

Is there a trade that has gone down through the generations in your family?

Relevant Links

The carpenter's pocket directory 1781

Ancient Carpenters' Tools: illustrated and explained 1929

The Carpenter: united Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

Worshipful Company of Carpenters of the city of London 1848

Amalgamated Society of Carpenters & Joiners: 1860-1910

Hand Book of the Builders' Exchange of San Francisco 1895-1896

Bristol's compilation: mechanics lien law, Torrens land title, builders' directory 1896


  1. Congratulations to your daughter! I have carpenters and joiners in my family tree, starting with the HUDSON and HUGILL families in Stockton-on-Tees and various parts of Yorkshire in England, and Bangor in Wales. A useful source is the collection of online images of admission books of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, which had branches in the United States, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Southern Rhodesia.

    1. Terrific! I'll check it out more thoroughly. Thank you Judy!


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