Created with the Professional in Mind
Before we go any further, it is important to explain the difference between a carpenter and a woodworker. Generally, a carpenter is thought of as being someone who typically builds structures out of wood, such as houses. A professional woodworker is described as someone who makes things out of wood such as furniture.
The term “Master Woodworker” or “Master Carpenter” is not an official title or certification that exists within the United States. The highest certification that someone can obtain is that of a journeyman. Other countries, such as Japan, do offer Master level training.
A professional woodworker will have several critical skills. They are technically inclined, have mechanical skills, very proficient in math and problem solvers. However, perhaps the single most important skill set is an accurate attention to detail. As such this group of woodworkers respect the highest quality tooling and demand consistent and repeatable performance from the cutting tools they use.