In my small South Mississippi hometown, embedded in my memory as a version of Mayberry, R.F.D., my father earned our living by employing his finely honed carpenter skills. My parents raised a family of four children from this one income. In those days, moms usually remained at home taking care of most of the work including caring for the children. We were all very proud of daddy’s line of work. We all believed that making a living as a carpenter was biblical and honorable.
And He went out from thence, and came into His own country; and His disciples follow Him. And when the sabbath day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing Him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto Him, that even such mighty works are wrought by His hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? … Mark 6:1-3 KJV Holy Bible
Yes, Jesus and Joseph was known throughout their hometown of Galilee and indeed, their entire homeland as carpenters.
Carpentry and woodworking indubitably are most honorable trades and crafts, and if unemployed, you might consider developing this honorable skill.
My daddy was not collage educated nor did he graduate high school, but in many aspects he was the most educated and adept man we had ever known. He was a father of two sons and two daughters and married to my mother until her death at age fifty. He never remarried and did an admirable job of raising my younger sisters to decent and principled young women. My brother and I were grown and we had already left the family nest.
Having spent his life, which was devoted faithfully to the welfare of his family and providing a modest living by daily pounding it out with his hands, he departed this world at the age of eighty-five without ever accepting a handout from anyone, especially from any level of government. There were times when he needed financial help but always managed to find a way, as he would assert, to “make ends meet”.
During WWII, he worked in the shipyards mostly assisting in the construction work of the wooden PT boats. He spoke many times of the beautiful deep reddish-brown Mahogany wood that he cut, shaped and installed into the boats. Later, when we grew older, he would build fishing boats out of cypress wood for us. The boats were designed to be used in the nearby Chickasawhey river that flowed through our sleepy Southern hometown. All this, plus many more years of hands-on experience, led to daddy becoming well known in his homeland as an excellent structural carpenter. We were so very proud of him.
Basically there’s two types of carpenters – structural and detail. Structural carpenters involves the construction of buildings. Detail carpenters involves building more refined articles such as furniture. Naturally these two basic categories can be broken down into sub-categories.
Nowadays, those wanting to become a deft carpenter can learn through vocational schools or technical colleges or , as my father did, by on-the-job training.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “In May 2008, median hourly wages of wage and salary carpenters were $18.72. The middle 50 percent earned between $14.42 and $25.37. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $11.66, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $33.34. Median hourly wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of carpenters were as follows:
Nonresidential building construction $21.08; Building finishing contractors $19.37; Residential building construction $18.24; Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors $17.67; Employment services $15.81.
Earnings can be reduced on occasion, because carpenters lose work-time in bad weather and during recessions when jobs are unavailable. Earnings may be increased by overtime during busy periods.
We have been walloped by the greatest recession since the “Great Depression” (Incidentally the very depression that my parent’s generation suffered through). Today the unemployment rate is as high as I can remember in my adult life. If you are unemployed, consider the age old honorable profession of carpentry. The satisfaction of constructing something from scratch is unmeasurable.
The time to get started is now.
Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David. 2 Samuel 5:11 NIV
Source: Author’s Personal Experience and The Holy Bible