Years ago, if when asked
what do you do for a living and you replied "Woodworker", you would have
gotten a lot of "so what" kind of looks. Up until the Civil War, almost
every trade involved working with wood in some way or fashion. Even after
the Civil War, it took until the turn of the century until wood was out
and metal was in. So much for progress.
The following is a list of the old trades dealing with wood. Some of the trades were not practiced as such in this country as they were in England. However most of our early country's lifestyle was patterned on that of an English village, it is important to be aware of them. This list is not all-inclusive and is subject to opinion and revision as needed.