Carpentry is one of the oldest skilled trades and is still widely required in modern construction. It involves the cutting, shaping and installation of wood (timber) for buildings and other structures.
Carpentry is often part of the ‘first fix’ of timber components in the construction of roofs, floors, walls and other timber-framed constructions. It is also often part of ‘second fix’ works, such as the construction of skirting boards, architraves, doors, and so on. Carpenters may also required to prepare shuttering (formwork into which concrete is poured), building stairs, installing door and window frames, and so on.