A Carpenter’s Health Series: Building Muscle

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Carpenters have no health insurance and will pay a fortune for long-term care as a result of workplace accidents.A carpenter’s place in a wood shop is an entry level position. Most carpenters spend their waking hours working. In the
winter months, they must be able to work and keep warm while their shop is closed. There is very little space in the shop for customers to view the work being done or even to get out and relax. The carpenter’s work hours can also be very long because of the amount they spend on tools. Carpenters will probably work at night because they need to be able to open their shop at any given time.

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Carpenters spend countless hours using their hands to help create usable products. They also spend much of their time making decorative objects and creating home accents for their homes. Carpenters’ work is often done with a level of technical ability that few other professions can match. They don’t have access to technology and so are limited to the skills they will likely learn in school.

Many carpenters are retired after a long career. Even if they work in another profession for a long time, they will likely return to the wood shop after they retire. They are not likely to leave the country and move to a new country. This makes it very difficult for a carpenter to relocate if they want to have a new place to call home.

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Carpentry is not only unsafe for your hands, but it can also be unsafe for your lungs. This study suggests that sawdust inhalation poses a serious threat to those exposed. Life expectancy is noticeably lower in those who inhale micro-particles on a daily basis.

Many carpenters are working in poorly ventilated wood shops that require them to wear thick work clothes to keep the air flowing. This causes a lack of air flow, which can cause the wood to mold. Mold can get to any body parts of the human body. Even if the carpenter doesn’t have any mold, they will have very mild reactions to mold. Their immune systems are weak and could react to any mold exposure.

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Carpenters are required to take a few extra days off to tend to their families. This was true even for these very hardworking men when they went home from the war. There was no social safety net for them, and they were forced to survive on their savings and their own skills. In fact, during the Great Depression, many carpenters became homeless and their families were destitute as a result.

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Even five minutes of stretching in the workshop will do the trick

Even after the war, carpenters were still not paid enough to live with dignity, and the only way they could see to support themselves was to sell their labor. Many carpenters were in such desperate need of money that they would accept low wages for dangerous jobs when they could have earned the money with a better skill set.

Many would often cut corners to make the sale, putting themselves and the other workers in danger. The worst abuses were often perpetrated by carpenters who went out of their way to deceive the government, making false statements about their qualifications.

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The carpenters of my youth loved their work. They enjoyed the process of designing and building a piece of furniture, and they were proud to be part of a team that was making the world a better place.

It’s now been forty years since I was a carpenter, and I’ve changed a lot in that time. But I was just a young boy when
I first learned about the true meaning of craftsmanship. That’s something that seems to elude a lot of carpenters today. It’s important to remember that the most important skills that we gain in this life are those that are fundamental by nature. Craftsmanship is a necessity for surviving in a tough world. Every craft is essential to survival, but some are more so than others. Some skills, like carpentering, are easier to discover and learn than others.

To read more about how to learn to be a carpenter, read my how to guide on the front page of this site.