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Forum topic by pashley posted 11-12-2008 04:18 AM 1167 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2008 04:18 AM

Topic tags/keywords: woodsmith

I know this is somewhat trivial, but it’s a little pet peeve of mine. I really don’t care for the term, “Woodworker” to describe a person that makes furniture, or other useful wooden items. A guy that makes cabinets, you rightly call a “cabinetmaker”; a woodworker that makes guitars is a “luthier”. A guy like me, that might make tables or clocks…a “woodworker”.

To me, that’s kinda like calling someone that plays a flute a “flute player”, and not a “flutist”, or a musician.

How about instead of “woodworker”, we use a different term.

I would suggest ”Woodsmith”.

The word “smith” is a combining form denoting a person skilled in creating something with a specified material, such as goldsmith, blacksmith, and so on. Therefore, it looks like Woodsmith is a more accurate term.

I know it’s just a goofy topic, but….

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 11-12-2008 04:38 AM

Hey, I’ve got it! How about “lumberjock”??!!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-12-2008 04:50 AM

Charlie “Hit the nail on the head.”

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#3 posted 11-12-2008 05:28 AM

How about ‘woodie?” :)

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#4 posted 11-12-2008 05:40 AM

I make lots of stuff, some good, some not so good, hence I call myself a wood hobbyist.


-- Lee

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#5 posted 11-12-2008 05:42 AM

Woodworker, woodsmith, wood hobbyist .. call me what you want, so long as the check doesn’t bounce

-- Dan M, SW Suburbs, Chicago IL

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#6 posted 11-12-2008 06:13 AM

There was (well, still might be) a baker who opened a shop locally, called himself the Breadsmith. I loved that name… then (I guess someone else was using it out of state or ???) because he had to change his name, had a contest and everything, settled on BreadChef. (I still wish he didn’t have to change, cause IMHO he settled for the new one.

I too flip flop about what to call myself, now that I’m no longer doing the 9-5 thing in an office. I’d say I was a cabinet maker or trim carpenter if either was true for the day job. Subcontractor is just too vague for me… sure I do things from soup to nuts, but I guess I spend more time with trim than building walls and such… at least when I’m home I’m a woodworker, not that it pays the bills like the home reno jobs do.

I think Woodsmith is great…. isn’t that also one of our magazines?

... I’m a Lumberjock and I’m okay….

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#7 posted 11-12-2008 07:47 AM

Why does it matter at all?

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#8 posted 11-12-2008 08:12 AM

If you follow that argument, no one should be called a woodworker. A person who makes clocks would simply be a clockmaker, one who makes tables, a tablemaker, etc.

I think woodworker is a perfect term, especially when most of us don’t do just one thing.

-- Eric at

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#9 posted 11-12-2008 12:53 PM

I don’t mind being called a woodworker. I don’t like it when someone says ‘Oh you do crafty things?’ I do much more than crafty things, but don’t like to be pigeon holed like that.

-- Berta in NC

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#10 posted 11-12-2008 01:40 PM

Maybe it’s just me, but I like the title “Woodworker”. I think I’ve finally gotten to a point in my skills where I can have some confidence when I say “I am a woodworker” and not just some guy who makes stuff with wood. I’ve always thought of a woodworker as skilled craftsman, someone who knew and understood their medium and could create a quality product. While I may be just starting my climb up the ladder of craftmanship, I still like to believe that being a full-fledged worker of wood is something to aspire to.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 11-12-2008 01:51 PM

I just hate it when i tell people i build doors and they say “Oh, you’re a carpenter”...GRRRRRRR…I’ve been called worse i suppose.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 11-12-2008 02:27 PM

Yeah, that’s right! Reminds me of a joke….

Two guys are arguing….
One finally says, “You’re a liar!”
“I’m a what!!?”
“I said, ‘Your’re a liar’ ”!!

“Oh,” the other one says, “I thought you said Lawyer”.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#13 posted 11-12-2008 02:28 PM

I suppose another nice term would be “Craftsman”, though I’m not sure people will always associate that to wood.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#14 posted 11-12-2008 03:16 PM

I call myself The Timber Kid :)


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#15 posted 11-12-2008 04:50 PM

Sam Maloof calls himself a woodworker…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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