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Old 10-30-2017, 08:49 PM   #1
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Studies For Aspiring Builder

Hey guys, I?m a long time lurker here and haven?t posted much. I?m a 26 year old aspiring custom home builder / remodeler. I studied architecture and historic preservation in college but found that I was more passionate about the hands on trade than design once I started working for a builder in college. I?ve been in the carpentry trade for 2 years now working for a high end remodeler. Started as a laborer and have become a decent carpenter. I don?t claim to know everything but I can be pretty self sufficient on a jobsite. I?m highly motivated, have a strong work ethic, and study the trade a lot in my free to time. That said, I am looking for suggestions for ways/books/classes that you suggest for both improving my knowledge on the job site and preparing for the time I eventually decide to try and strike out on my own.

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Old 10-30-2017, 10:24 PM   #2
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Just keep doing what you're doing, if you really want it you'll get there. I would suggest classes on contract law, construction documents and general business couldn't hurt.


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Old 10-31-2017, 07:28 PM   #3
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Here are some book recommendations. Trim books by Gary Katz, The Very Efficient carpenter by Larry Haun,the carpentry books by Spence and by Wagner also. In addition Production Carpentry by JLC
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