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.