Carpentry vs. Masonry

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Carpentry and Masonry is that the Carpentry is a skilled trade and Masonry is a craft of a mason; stonework

  • Carpentry

    Carpentry is a skilled trade and a craft in which the primary work performed is the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials during the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork, etc. Carpenters traditionally worked with natural wood and did the rougher work such as framing, but today many other materials are also used and sometimes the finer trades of cabinetmaking and furniture building are considered carpentry. In the United States, 98.5% of carpenters are male, and it was the fourth most male-dominated occupation in the country in 1999. In 2006 in the United States, there were about 1.5 million carpentry positions. Carpenters are usually the first tradesmen on a job and the last to leave. Carpenters normally framed post-and-beam buildings until the end of the 19th century; now this old fashioned carpentry is called timber framing. Carpenters learn this trade by being employed through an apprenticeship training—normally 4 years—and qualify by successfully completing that country’s competence test in places such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Australia and South Africa. It is also common that the skill can be learned by gaining work experience other than a formal training program, which may be the case in many places.

  • Masonry

    Masonry is the building of structures from individual units, which are often laid in and bound together by mortar; the term masonry can also refer to the units themselves. The common materials of masonry construction are brick, building stone such as marble, granite, and limestone, cast stone, concrete block, glass block, and adobe. Masonry is generally a highly durable form of construction. However, the materials used, the quality of the mortar and workmanship, and the pattern in which the units are assembled can substantially affect the durability of the overall masonry construction. A person who constructs masonry is called a mason or bricklayer. These are both classified as construction trades.

  • Carpentry (noun)

    The trade of cutting and joining timber in order to construct buildings or other structures; woodworking.

  • Carpentry (noun)

    A carpenter’s workshop.

  • Masonry (noun)

    The art or occupation of a mason.

    “He studied masonry for five years.”

  • Masonry (noun)

    The work or performance of a mason

    “The masonry was exquisite.”

  • Masonry (noun)

    That which is built by a mason; anything constructed of the materials used by masons, such as stone, brick, tiles, or the like. Dry masonry is applied to structures made without mortar.

    “The masonry was cracked.”

  • Masonry (noun)

    The craft, institution, or mysteries of Freemasons; Freemasonry.

  • Masonry (noun)


    “cracks in the finished masonry”

    “masonry nails”

  • Masonry (noun)

    the occupation or work of a mason

    “hands roughened from carpentry and masonry”

  • Masonry (noun)


    “the ‘degrees’ found in Masonry are symbolic practices”

Oxford Dictionary

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