Does anyone know if there is a training system for becomming a
Is it easy to get into?
Maybe I'm just looking for general information on the career path for
Depends on what you mean by "woodworking", and where you are.
In the United States, "Carpentry" is a recognized trade, and there is
a union training/apprenticeship program, for the construction industry.
Specializations in 'rough carpentry' and 'finish carpentry'. Some
'vocational' high-schools offer coordinated training.
"Furniture making", and/or "cabinet making", is a whole 'nuther story.
You have the 'factory' production-line operations, and the 'custom' shops.
Speaking only about the U.S, there isn't any standardized program that
addresses this kind of work. The 'technical high school' in the town
I grew up in *did* have a 'furniture factory' program, where they taught
serious furniture-making -- big shop ( the furniture factory alone was
20,000+ sq ft), big power (the building had its own substation), *big*
equipment (e.g. multi-cutter dovetail machine that could do a _ten_foot_
long joint in a single cut -- one of only a few high-schools (that I'm aware
of) in the country that did so.
Mike Maxwell has a furniture making apprenticeship in Bedford, VA. He's an
award winning maker and designer, runs Maxwell Furniture. maxwellfurniture.com
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