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02-24-2010 05:10 AM

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...people mistake woodworking as carpentry or cabinetmaking or woodturning etc? I absolutelty HATE it when people know me by my woodwork but classify me as a carpenter. Anything under your skin?

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 02-24-2010 05:14 AM

I’m both so it doesnt matter what the call me as long as they pay their bill :-))

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#2 posted 02-24-2010 05:14 AM

I’ve been classified as worse :)

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#3 posted 02-24-2010 05:20 AM

I resemble that comment

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#4 posted 02-24-2010 05:21 AM

i’m with jim on this one ,

i go by ’ builder ’ allot .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 02-24-2010 05:21 AM

Someone once said that a Powermatic 3520B was a hobbyist lathe. He was implying that a non-automated machine was non-commercial or non-professional. That kinda rubbed me the wrong way, and I don’t even own that machine.

But not “labeling” problems as yet. However, I am sure it will happen soon enough. :)


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#6 posted 02-24-2010 05:25 AM

When people call tennons tendons.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#7 posted 02-24-2010 05:26 AM

I think all of the types you listed are proud monikers.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 05:31 AM

i’m a carpenter too but if its woodwork that they are buying from me and they know me as a woodworker i hate it with a passion when they call it carpentry or call me a carpenter on the wrong term.

heres one for you cstrang….buscuit joiner or buscuit jointer ?

I also hat eit at work when another carpenter wants work done his way so hes riding your ass all day til you tell him to f*ck off…the work still gets done and you still get paid by the hour…lol

-- M.K.

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#9 posted 02-24-2010 05:33 AM

Greetings Mark:..... Hey… you’re a carpenter…. get over it…. lol. That’s what you do to put grub on the table, and pay the light bill… you woodwork because you love it just like the rest of us… woodworking ain’t gonna feed the bulldog unless that’s your real job. They can call me what they will… just don’t call me late for vitttles and soppings….. that’s redneck for grub…

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#10 posted 02-24-2010 05:34 AM

i’m just gonna start telling everyone I’m a barrel maker

-- M.K.

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#11 posted 02-24-2010 06:27 AM

Nope…doesn’t bother me in the least. I don’t build circular stairs…or furniture, for any type of moniker…or to be recognized as any one type of craftsman. I do it because I love every frustrating second of it…. I’m truly passionate about every single stroke with the plane….every single joint…every single curve. I do it because I love it.

Humility makes a fine craftsman.

Call me what you like….I know who I am.

As for this part Mark…

“I also hat eit at work when another carpenter wants work done his way so hes riding your ass all day til you tell him to f*ck off…the work still gets done and you still get paid by the hour…lol”

You wouldn’t last long in my shop. ;o)

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#12 posted 02-24-2010 06:47 AM

Hell, I don’t mind being called a carpenter, woodworker, cabinet guy but I prefer wood butcher.

Heh, a couple of months ago I was talking to a salesman about a paint job on a truck and I mentioned a couple of my brothers would take care of it. He said “Oh, are they artistes?” I replied, “Nah, they’re alcoholics” with a straight face (as I kept on walking across the lot). Gawd, I still chuckle over the expression that went across that guy’s face.

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#13 posted 02-24-2010 07:20 AM

Consider the source, they don’t know the difference ;-)) People ask me if I’m a plumber all the time!! Why would you ask a guy will screwdrivers and wire cutters if he is a plumber? Since nobody wants to be a plumber, they make more than most other trades.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 02-24-2010 05:29 PM

...and don’t ya hate it when you are commissioned to do something for someone, you give them a fair price to produce what they want and they look at you thinking “I can buy that at Ikea for half that price”

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#15 posted 02-24-2010 06:24 PM

ya don thats a peeve….when people come to you for decent woodwork they want it for the made in china price. So i tell them go right ahead! See you next week!

-- M.K.

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