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512px-Reveller_courtesan_BM_E44We all know what most people say is the world’s oldest profession, however there is some dispute regarding what might be the second oldest profession… It seems to be between acting, spying and politics, depending on whom you speak with…

I would argue that woodworking, tool making, farming and other professions predate any of those professions…

Nonetheless I am sure that somewhere in the top five earliest professions you’d find woodworking. Maybe it wouldn’t have been referred to directly as “woodworking” or the native language or grunting equivalent of woodworking, rather it would be toolmaker or weaponmaker or perhaps ugh!!

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”Ronald Reagan

Maler_der_Grabkammer_der_Bildhauer_Nebamun_und_Ipuki_004After doing just a minimal amount of research it became clear to me that woodworking has been around for a long, long time. There continues to be some dispute over when we homo sapiens actually began to make things with wood. Recent (within the last 10 years) discoveries have uncovered evidence supporting the manufacture of wooden structures using simple stone tools. It was often assumed that woodworking really did not originate until metal tools were introduced….that may not be the case.

This is predated by the use of many tools used by ancient humans that have wooden handles. The most common being the stone axe.  Wooden digging sticks have been discovered in areas of the world often attributed as the birthplace of mankind.  Of course we also have the weapons, be it a club or a spear.  These have been discovered in ancient caves along with other wooden utensils that have less aggressive purposes.

Clearly wood, given its abundance and ease of shaping, was a natural material for early man to fashion into a useful object.

Just check out this article regarding prehistoric woodworking…

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To Learn More About Prehistoric Woodworking

Some History

Neolithic Toolkit
Not too long ago, archaeologist Rengert Elburg found something that convinced him that “Stone Age sophistication” is not a contradiction in terms. It was a wood-lined well, discovered during construction work in Altscherbitz, near the eastern German city of Leipzig. Buried more than 20 feet underground, preserved for millennia by cold, wet, oxygen–free conditions, the timber box at the bottom of the well was 7,000 years old—the world’s oldest known intact wooden architecture.By ANDREW CURRY
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Archaeological Institute of America

Roman plane unearthed at SILCHESTER Hants. From the Duke of Wellington’s Collection, Reading Museum. Photograph by courtesy of Reading Museum.


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