Is Traditional Joinery Dying Out?

Joinery as a practise traditionally only involved wood, with no additional screws or fixtures to hold the pieces of wood together.

The name joinery comes from the root word ‘join’ hence why the practice refers to the joining of wood together to create more complex shapes and structures.

The wood would be cut and shaped so that the joiners were able to fit them together in ways that meant they had structural rigidity, as well as being aesthetically pleasing.

There are a number of different ways of joining wood, and each method has its own purpose and characteristics.

For example, the joinery techniques that are used to build a house will be very different from those required to make toys or furniture.

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Carpentry

Then there is also the practice of carpentry, which relates to structural timber work.

Carpentry, in general, is more related to construction rather than finishing, and the work is less on show than that of a joiner.

For this reason, it is generally considered harder work than the work undertaken by joiners, but there are some similarities between the two.

Carpenters will build the roofs, floors and the timber construction of houses, whereas joiners will build the doors, skirting and windows of a house.

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Is Traditional Joinery On the Way Out?

Traditional joinery is still being practised around the world today, however, it is slowly declining due to modern construction methods and constraints.

Many building contractors have timescales on their projects, which forces the labour force to use methods that save time.

The thing is, these methods are not always in keeping with the traditional practice of joinery.

They will usually use screws and other metalwork to speed up the installation process, and to traditional joiners, this is not always seen as real joinery, since the ‘joins’ are not there.