Beautiful Wood: A Primer

Woodworking is the activity or skill of making items from wood, and includes cabinet making (cabinetry and furniture), wood carving, joinery, carpentry, and woodturning. Along with stone, clay and animal parts, wood was one of the first materials worked by early humans. The development of civilization was closely tied to the development of increasingly greater degrees of skill in working these materials. Even as metalworking developed, a part of the metalworking skills supported the development of more refined tools to advance the arts of woodworking.

Woodworkers were once limited to working with the woods native to their region. With today’s transportation and trade innovations exotic woods from all over the world are available to  craftsman. Advances in technology and the demands of industry have driven changes to woodwork as a field. New power tools, including Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machine tools and advances in manufactured woods give modern craftsmen a greater range of woodworking abilities than ever before.

This course is a prerequisite to all e-VOTECH’s woodworking programs. The course starts with explanations of basic wood terminology, then move into descriptions of several more popular types of woods. You’ll learn about the biology of trees, characteristics of woods, and understand the different types of wood. All of e-VOTECH’s programs comply with the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) certifications and standards.


Ron enlisted in the US Navy right after High School graduation and became an Electronics Technician. He received 20 months of vocational-level electronics training before setting foot on his first submarine, and periodic vocational-level training throughout his 22-year career. During his career, Ron gained working knowledge of a number of other specialized trades including welding and foundry work. Ron is also an avid "Do-It-Yourselfer," and to date has completely renovated three homes working together with his wife Weifang. He has a background in carpentry, furniture making, plumbing, and electrical work, as well as electronics.