In response to a previous question.
When I started out I was expected to have a nail apron that included these items:
A Tape Measure - A Stanley 16' Tape Measure.
A Carpenter's Pencil - This should have come from a lumber yard or some such, and all I had t do was learn how to sharpen it. *
A Keel - A keel is a piece of yellow wax crayon. Our's were Dixons.
A Scriber - A scriber is a schoolboy's compass, usually brass looking, with a golf course sized piece of pencil in one end.
A Chalk Line - Also usually from Stanley, although as I got smarter, I bought the ones from Strait-Line.
A Utility Knife - Once again, a Stanley, one of the ones that retracted.
A Piece Of Blue Chalk - It came in the shape of a half of a sphere, and it was blue.
A Combo Square - My first one was a cheap ass Stanley, my current one is from Athol.
I also had a hammer holster with a Plumb 16 oz curved claw hammer, on a fiberglass stick.
That was it for Carpentry 101. When I was there for a bit, I got the Sears Leather Toolbelt - changed to a 20 oz Plumb - got a truck - and made money.
Hope this answers your questions.
Tom Watson - WoodDorker tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (email) http://home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1/ (website)