An English ‘Chippy’, French ‘carpentier’, a Scottish ‘wright’ or nowadays - just a ‘builder’
The skill of today’s carpenter is much like what was required back during the origins of hand tools. The work- known as carpentry, involves manual labour and working outdoors. These two attributes are some of the many the builders at Johnson Building Ltd say led them into building and why they enjoy doing what they do right here in South Canterbury.
Universally, a carpenter is considered a person who is skilled in constructing objects and buildings with wood. Carpenters have an expert knowledge of the materials they use, and are extremely adept with their hand tools.
Carpentry evolved as tools evolved, with skills becoming more fine-tuned and the carpenter becoming a trade of renown. Many historical and contemporary carpenters are considered artisans, surpassing functional skill levels to create wood works of unique beauty.
Throughout the development of cultures around the world, carpenters have been an essential factor in the success or failure of each budding community. Learning through experience, carpenters historically took on an apprentice, either a son or other young man, to pass on their knowledge of carpentry.
The history of carpentry is created by unbroken chains of transferred knowledge and experience. The carpentry trade grew under this tradition of apprenticeship and eventual advancement to journeyman status.
Essential skills set the carpenter apart from other trades. Using the three primary tools of carpentry - the hatchet, saw, and plane – the carpenter can frame, floor, roof – and build a structure of wood.
The carpenter is a craftsman who plies his trade indoors and out – rain or shine, summer or winter – and reaps the benefits of operating under adverse and perfect conditions. Flexible, quick minded, nimble with tools, possessing an organic knowledge of wood and a sculptor’s eye, carpenters have changed little since their beginnings.
Technology may add precision or speed to certain carpentry tasks, but the carpenter’s expertise always prevails.
So what relevance is all this to Johnson Building LTD?
Building is an art, and Ben and his team put all these functional skills into practice, using advanced and efficient techniques and tools to create a project for their clients of a unique beauty.
Nowadays to keep up with technology and the demand for efficiency and quality, a carpenters tools have evolved from the hammer to the nail gun, from the hand saw to the powered drop saw and the plane to the buzzer, still producing projects with the finest quality finish.
Ben Johnson has spent years working on a variety of projects and learning through experience and the transfer of knowledge from those above him, which has made him the craftsman he now. He has a wealth of experience, an eye for detail and the desire for a flawless finish,. The team at Johnson Building has adopted this same ethos and all pride themselves on being flexible, quick minded, nimble with tools and carefully crafting the client’s project with a ‘sculptors eye’. Ben is now in the role of transferring his knowledge and experience to those in his team and continue legacy of carpentry through to the following generations.
Maintaining an innovative approach to the changing requirements of the building industry and ensuring they are up with the new technologies, systems and products is a high priority that will ensure the experience and end product for their clients is a true success.