Carpentry as a careerChances are, you’ve come across this page because you’ve thought about going into carpentry, but wasn’t sure if it was right for you.  Maybe you think you’re not strong enough.  Maybe you think that women have no place in carpentry.  Or that carpentry is a dead-end job.  Or that smart people don’t become carpenters.  We are here to dispel those myths.

You like being active

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a big, husky man to be a carpentry.  In fact, there are many carpentry positions don’t require more strength than the average healthy individual.  Drywallers may need more strength, but finish carpenters may not.  In general, carpenters require stamina, manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, balance, strength and accuracy.  If you enjoy moving around, carpentry will give you that.  You won’t find yourself stuck at a desk, 8-hours a day.

You like a variety of work

Carpenters don’t just haul 2×4’s and pound nails.  That’s like saying pharmacists just count pills.  Carpentry encompasses a gamut of skilled tasks including blueprint reading, framing, creating scaffolding, building concrete forms, drywalling, cabinetry work, siding, flooring and interior finish work.  Carpenters work indoors and outdoors, residential and commercial, and can be full-time employees, self-employed or union workers.

You like learning new things

Although most of the fundamental principles in carpentry has been around for many hundreds of years (think Roman architecture), carpentry is ideal for those strive to continually improve their skills and knowledge.  There is so much encompassed within carpentry that one can easily spend a lifetime learning new skills.

You like serving your community

Shelter is one of man’s basic necessities.  As a carpenter, you’ll be contributing to society in a fundamental way.  You will help build communities.  You will improve people’s living conditions.

Think carpentry might be for you?

If you just want to test the waters, joining BASIC is an excellent first step.  You’ll meet carpentry students along with professional carpenters so you can get a feel for what a career in carpentry may be like.  Our service projects and group work sessions will also provide you hands-on opportunities.