Did you know that some of history's most famous and influential people started out as carpenters? Well, okay ... actually, just one of them, Jesus Christ. It's well-known that he was a carpenter; less well known is that Jesus was a specific type; he built boats. That's why he was living on the sea of Galilee, and why his first disciples were fishermen; he knew them from his work.
Fast-forward 2000 years, and carpentry is still a vital profession. In the 21st century, some carpenters have branched out into specialized fields, like cabinetmaking and decorative woodwork. This means they can always find work, even in the age of pre-fabricated homes and new materials, like steel (which is common in multi-story urban buildings) or eco-friendly straw bales (popular for family residences). But make no mistake, you'll still see a lot of wood-frame homes going up -- timber isn't going anywhere, and neither is carpentry.
How much do you know about this respected profession? Do you know, for example, what it means when a home is "stick built"? (Sounds flimsy!) Or where in a new building you'd find "trusses"? And just how far have women made inroads into this male-dominated field? Test your knowledge of the carpentry trade now, with our quiz!