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the trade or work of a carpenter.
a person who builds or repairs wooden structures, as houses, scaffolds, or shelving.
to do carpenter’s work.
to make by carpentry.
to construct (a plot, scene, article, or the like) in a mechanical or unoriginal fashion.
Historical Examples

Mick Murphy (he’s Mr. May’s man) did most of the carpentering, but we boys helped.
Harper’s Young People, May 11, 1880 Various

“I can do that—when I am able to go at carpentering again,” put in Mr. Thompson.
Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.

Sybil begins with odd jobs of carpentering, and becomes an artist so woodwork.
The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking Helen Campbell

When your carpentering is completed, the whole case must be stained to your taste.
The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan

Then one day he had a message from Ben to know if he would come there and do some carpentering.
Arne: Early Tales and Sketches Bjornstjerne Bjornson

I never worked in de mines but I did all sorts of carpentering for them.
Slave Narratives, Oklahoma Various

I always had a fancy for carpentering, and was handy with tools.
Joe Wilson and His Mates Henry Lawson

I taught blacksmithing, carpentering, and mechanical drawing.
Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements Various

The Commandant, also, was passionately fond of carpentering, so we worked together at our lathes as if for a wager.
Tales From Jkai Mr Jkai

“Edna is very much taken up with her carpentering,” he went on.
The Opened Shutters Clara Louise Burnham

a person skilled in woodwork, esp in buildings, ships, etc
(intransitive) to do the work of a carpenter
(transitive) to make or fit together by or as if by carpentry
John Alden. 1876–1951, US composer, who used jazz rhythms in orchestral music: his works include the ballet Skyscrapers (1926) and the orchestral suite Adventures in a Perambulator (1915)

“wood-worker,” c.1300 (attested from early 12c. as a surname), from Anglo-French carpenter, Old North French carpentier (Old French and Modern French charpentier), from Late Latin (artifex) carpentarius “wagon (maker),” from Latin carpentum “wagon, two-wheeled carriage, cart,” from Gaulish, from Old Celtic *carpentom (cf. Old Irish carpat, Gaelic carbad “carriage”), probably related to Gaulish karros (see car).

Also from the Late Latin word are Spanish carpentero, Italian carpentiero. Replaced Old English treowwyrhta, literally “tree-wright.” German Zimmermann “carpenter” is from Old High German zimbarman, from zimbar “wood for building, timber,” cognate with Old Norse timbr (see timber). First record of carpenter bee is from 1844.

an artificer in stone, iron, and copper, as well as in wood (2 Sam. 5:11; 1 Chr. 14:1; Mark 6:3). The tools used by carpenters are mentioned in 1 Sam. 13:19, 20; Judg. 4:21; Isa. 10:15; 44:13. It was said of our Lord, “Is not this the carpenter’s son?” (Matt. 13:55); also, “Is not this the carpenter?” (Mark 6:3). Every Jew, even the rabbis, learned some handicraft: Paul was a tentmaker. “In the cities the carpenters would be Greeks, and skilled workmen; the carpenter of a provincial village could only have held a very humble position, and secured a very moderate competence.”


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