It’s not a job, it’s a craft.

A large part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters philosophy and identity revolves around craftsmanship and having pride in one’s work. Historically this idea of tradesman as ‘craftsman’ as opposed to simply ‘hired labor’ was a source of pride for Americans. As society has degraded the opinion of physical labor and blue collar jobs, similarly the opinion of doing even the simplest of tasks one’s self has fallen out of favor as well. This essay from the New York Times asks the question “What Happened to the Craftsmanship Spirit?