Carpenter Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old carpenter quotes, carpenter sayings, and carpenter proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

If a carpenter makes a chair that's comfortable for the person who's going to sit in it, he's done his job. If a train engineer gets a train in on time, he's going to make someone happy who's waiting at the station. And if an artist draws the kind of a picture that people are going to enjoy looking at, or he makes a visual story which people are going to enjoy reading, he's done his job.     

Jack Kirby

The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house.     


A craftsman pulled a reed from the reedbed, cut holes in it, and called it a human being. Since then, it's been wailing a tender agony of parting, never mentioning the skill that gave it life as a flute.     


That is the way a great master carpenter feels, or an architect or composer or anyone who creates anything people want to be appreciated for what they have done.     

David Amram

The carpenter dresses his plank, the tongue of his foreplane whistles its wild ascending lisp.     

Walt Whitman

A craftsman knows in advance what the finished result will be, while the artist knows only what it will be when he has finished it.     

W. H. Auden

A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. He that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well being of mankind.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The best carpenters make the fewest chips.     


Woodworking matters. It's more than a pastime or hobby being a woodworker means that you know the satisfaction and pride that comes from using your hands and mind to build beautiful, functional objects, and that you're as interested in the process as the outcome. Amid the speed and chaos of the modern world, woodworking gives us a place where we can slow down, pay attention, and take the time to do things right.     

Aime Ontario Fraser

To be a carpenter or a builder or a home inspector, you have to have that kind of visual brain where you can sort of imagine something taken apart.     

Nick Petrie

People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.     

Albert Einstein

Before the professionalization of architecture in the nineteenth century, it was standard for an aspiring mason or carpenter to begin his apprenticeship at fourteen and to become a master builder by his early twenties.     

Martin Filler

Carpentry is the Illusion of Perfection     


In a rough way the short story writer is to the novelist as a cabinetmaker is to a house carpenter.     

Annie Proulx

Certain remakes are great. Carpenter's the thing is better than the original.     

Alex Winter

The carpenter is not the best who makes more chips than all the rest.     

Arthur Guiterman

He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist     

Francis of Assisi

Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.     

Sam Rayburn

Woodworkers are knotty.     


A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.     

Louis Nizer

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.     

Francis of Assisi

Every nail driven should be as another rivet in the machine of the universe     


When you're a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you're not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You'll know it's there, so you're going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back.     

Steve Jobs

All craftsmen share a knowledge. They have held reality down fluttering to a bench.     

Vita Sackville-West

By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.     

Desiderius Erasmus

Measure Twice-Cut Once     


A carpenter is known by his chips.     

Jonathan Swift

Well-makers lead the water wherever they like; fletchers bend the arrow ; carpenters bend a log of wood ; wise people fashion themselves.     

Gautama Buddha