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Artwork by Werner Bouwer
Tools: Woodworker's Tools, Wood Lathe, Lumber Saw
Workshop: Mill, Lumber Yard
Titles: Carpenter

Woodworkers perform a wide variety of tasks, from constructing buildings and furniture to crafting bits of weapons, bows, crossbows, and arrows or bolts.

Primary Uses

The most common use of woodworking is in creating furniture and buildings, something which every person can and almost certainly will use over the course of their life. Beyond this they also create handles for tools, bows, arrows, and anything else made of wood.


The tools of the woodworker are, most importantly, the lathe and lumber saw. Lathes transfer footpedal motion into rotation and allow one to carve cylindrical shapes with ease, while lumber saws are huge saws meant to split whole trees into raw lumber. Finally, there is the more general set of woodworker's tools, including a carpenter's hammer, saws, chisels, planes, and so on. You may only craft items up to the quality of your tools, also limited by your skill, see below.


Most woodworking can easily be done outside, meaning that it requires little in the ways of facilities. The primary exception to this is the lumber saw, a saw so large that it is, in and of itself, essentially a facility.


The three primary methods of going about woodworking are carpentry, bowyery, and fletching. You can make 20 arrows or bolts at a time, as one item.

  • Carpentry: Carpentry is the general art of putting together utilitarian objects, including buildings, shelving, and bits of tools.

Story Beats
1. First, you must prepare your materials, cutting them to proper size and making sure the ends of any boards are relatively cleanly cut. Any cylindrical piece requires the lathe to create.
2. After making your cuts, you must join your materials together in their final shape, typically using wood glue or nails. The amount of time this all takes is highly dependent on the size of the object.

  • Bowyery: Bowyery is the art of selecting a good tree and turning it into an even better bow.

Story Beats
1. You must first cut several layers out of a piece of wood of your desired length in the shape of your bow, generally taking several hours to do so and very carefully crafting the bow into its proper shape.
2. After cutting these pieces, they must be bent over a curved form which will be the bow's final curvature, pinned down, and cooked in a low heat oven for six hours.
3. After unmounting the pieces, you must drill holes through them and insert wooden pins strategically to bind them and then sanding them until the joints cannot be detected.
4. Next, the tips of the bow must be sanded into a triangular shape for the bowstring to hang on, and the handle and arrow groove must be carved into the main body of the bow.
5. The final step is to give the bow one last sanding and generally a leather wrap for the handle before selecting a string and stringing it.

  • Fletching: Fletching is the art of making arrows and bolts which fly straight and true.

Story Beats
1. First, you must select and prepare your materials. This typically involves choosing a specific piece of wood at a specific length and cutting many thin slices out of it. This process usually takes five or so minutes per arrow.
2. After getting your slices, you must lathe them down to the proper shape, preferably extremely straight.
3. After you've got a straight arrow, you must carve troughs into the back end for its feathers, in the front for its arrowhead (unless you make a tip to fit over it) and in the back to be nocked on.
4. The final step is in attaching the arrowhead and threading the feathers into the back of the arrow, then laminating and storing it somewhere where it won't accidentally poke you.

Special Circumstances

Some woods have special requirements or circumstances around their shaping. Furthermore, certain items are far harder to craft than others, and thus have an increased cost.


There are no known woodworking artifacts on anoma, though many will likely bring bows and bits of carpentry over. Indeed, the very boats you will ride in are practically miracles of the craft.

Other Professions

This profession is used only by smiths, who sometimes use a woodworker's wooden handles made through carpentry to mount their tools upon.