Written by Charles Peacock
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Carpentry is one of the oldest trades known to man, and carpenters are still in high demand even in these days of exotic building materials. Since we still use a lot of wood in home and building construction, carpenters continuously find themselves busy on new construction and repairs. If you're looking to hire a carpenter for a particular job, make sure you take a few things into consideration before making a choice.

Choosing a Carpenter

In many countries around the world, becoming a professional carpenter requires a degree in addition to several years of apprenticeship. In the United States, unfortunately, we don't have this type of system--becoming a carpenter requires nothing more than saying you're a carpenter. This means that there is usually a wide variety of skill level in the carpenters out there bidding for your job.

Choosing a carpenter with a lot of experience is always a good idea. This isn't to say that young carpenters can't do a good job, it just means you're more likely to get good results if you go with someone who has a long track record. Established carpenters will usually employ several helpers, and will oversee their work to make sure everything is done right.

It's also important to keep in mind that different carpenters have different skills. A house framer, for instance, might not be the best choice for doing delicate interior finishing work. And an artistic finishing carpenter might wind up taking way too long and costing far too much if you hire him to simply frame an addition or a garage. Always be sure to inquire as to a particular carpenter's specialty before you let him bid on a job.

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