What is the difference between a Carpenter and Joiner?

When you need something made out of wood, do you call a carpenter or a Joiner?


Carpenters are skilled tradesmen who use wood to construct or repair structures and furniture, by cutting, fitting and joining them together with a variety of materials. Carpenters usually focuses on the larger elements of construction, such as roofs, floors and wall framing. The erection of a building and all the framework that goes into constructing it require the skills of a carpenter. Carpenters have a great flexibility in where they practice their craft. Portable and lightweight tools give carpenters the ability to apply their skills just about anywhere.

Difference between a carpenter and a joiner


Joinery is a form of carpentry that cuts and fits joints and wood without metal fasteners, screws, or nails. The skills of the trade are usually responsible for producing such items as stairs, windows, bookshelves, and tables, as well as interior and exterior doors. Because the machinery used to form the various joints is not portable, most of the work is done in a workshop.

So, who to call?

In a nutshell, a joiner makes the product that the carpenter installs or repairs. Although the same craft, these are two different and distinct specialties in a highly highly-skilled trade. Luckily, Parker Home can help you with both. Contact us if you have a project in mind or simply have any questions.