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Can You Ace This Carpentry Quiz?
by Torrance Grey
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"Grandpa was carpenter/He built houses, stores and banks/He chain-smoked Camel cigarettes/And hammered nails in planks." Stephen King likes this ditty about the life of a carpenter so much he quoted it in his book "On Writing," where it was the the lead-in to a passage comparing the craftmanship of a writer to that of a carpenter. King makes some good points about the similarities, but maybe you're more interested in actual carpentry than in writing. Maybe you've worked in the field in the past, or want to in the future. (Or possibly right now, but if that's the case, isn't this kind of an odd way to spend your spare time?)

Some facts about carpentry: It's one of humanity's oldest professions. It's also one of the most male-dominated, to this day. In the United States, it's estimated that about 98 percent of carpenters are male. Which is unfortunate, because its many carpenters will tell you that making homes, cabinets, furniture and more from wood is a fundamentally satisfying job. Famous carpenters (OK, there aren't many) include Jesus Christ, who was specifically a shipwright, making boats for fishermen on the Sea of Galilee, and Harrison Ford, who worked as one while trying to make it in Hollywood.

Are you ready to test your knowledge of this venerable line of work? Give it a try now -- no hammer or nails needed!  (FYI: The lyrics quoted above are part of a song by John Prine, "Grandpa Was a Carpenter," if you want to give it a listen.) 

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