Years ago, a traditional woodworker would be an apprentice for many years alongside a skilled and experienced woodworker. The skilled woodworker would train his apprentice in all of the intricacies of how to create a beautiful piece of furniture or wooden accessory. Some apprentices would work their entire life as an apprentice until the master woodworker passed away.
There is no question that the pieces of furniture that they made back then were amazing. Today, we call these pieces of furniture antiques and some of them can fetch thousands of dollars for a single item. The workmanship and detail that went into these beautiful antiques was incredible.
It is sad to say that in 2017 you rarely see this type of attention to detail being done on a large scale. True, there are a few qualified woodworking craftsman throughout the world that continue to make exquisite pieces of furniture. It is just unfortunate that all woodworking products made today are not like the products of yesteryear.
For years the majority of senior secondary schools offered their students an option to take an industrial art class. It could be a class in metalwork, mechanics, or woodworking. Unfortunately, the majority of those classes have been eliminated due to budget cuts. For any student who has an interest in becoming a woodworker it means that they will now have to wait until after they have finished high school.
There are colleges and high schools that offer post-secondary education courses in woodworking on weekends or in the evening. These courses are normally attended by both men and women who want to learn about woodworking as a hobby. Some of these people may decide to further their education in woodworking and make it a career. How though, is a career in woodworking done today?
Today, most employers who hire workers will require that an applicant have at least a high school diploma or its equivalency. Students who know that they want to pursue a career in woodworking when in high school should take additional math and computer courses. As mentioned above, some of the high school students might attend a future woodworking class at their local high school or college.
There are also technical schools that provide a much more detailed woodworking course and these type courses are usually full time for anywhere from one to two years. In fact, many universities are now offering training programs in furniture manufacturing, wood technology, wood engineering, and production management.
These university programs will prepare a student for a future job in supervision, production, management, and engineering. Woodworking technology continues to advance and therefore there is a high demand for graduates of a university woodworking program. After receiving a university degree a woodworker can also enhance his career by being certified for either a Master Custom Woodworker Certificate or a Certified Custom Woodworker Certificate.
While it is obvious that a traditional woodworker is a term that has changed over the years, it is still true that woodworking is an opportunity for a career that is both interesting and rewarding.