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Old 03-01-2010, 06:07 AM
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I would like to learn carpentry esp. in building trades - joinery etc. I can think of going to a community college, getting an apprenticeship or learn myself from a book.

I have a well-paying full-time job at the moment so don't have a lot of spare time during the week. Anyone have suggestions on best way to go about this?

I live in CH/Carrboro area. I checked out Durham Tech and they're only offering one class right now and you need some prerequisites. I can wait, but would be interested in ideas from others.

I need to find out if I have an aptitude for it before I decide this will be my second career.

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Old 03-01-2010, 07:38 AM
Location: Holly Springs
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Would this be for hobby or do you want a career in carpentry? Do you want to build houses or more along the lines of furniture/cabinetry?
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:45 AM
Location: Raleigh
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Start a project. Carpentry is a skill learned over time, not all at once in class. There are some good books in the library. Of course the big box stores all have how to do it books on all subjects. Find a friend who is building something and help out.

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Old 03-01-2010, 07:49 AM
Location: Cary, NC
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Hook up with Habitat for Humanity for construction and de-construction opportunities to bust your knuckles.

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Old 03-01-2010, 09:12 AM
Location: Wake County
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Now is not the best time to leave a well paying job, for a career in carpentry. People are taking advantage of the sluggish building industry and don't want to pay for quality. Mike's suggestion of looking into Habit is a good one. Something you can do in your spare time, and not rely on it to feed you.
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:04 PM
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A friend of mine runs a meetup group for the Hillsborough Orange Woodworkers (Hillsborough Orange Woodworkers (Hillsborough, NC) - Meetup.com (http://www.meetup.com/Hillsborough-Orange-Woodworkers/ - broken link)). They do some projects too in the Meetups that folks are interested in. Might be a good way to start.
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