The history behind cabinet making
The history behind cabinet making is important to us here at Piu Alto. One of the oldest building materials is wood. The methods of working with wood have evolved and advanced over the ages. Some of the oldest archaeological evidence of carpentry was found in Germany and date back to the neolithic period.
Carpentry methods from pre-history are rarely found as both methods and teachings were usually passed down through generations. The printing press was invented in the 15th Century. Builders began to publish guides and books throughout the following centuries.
There are some surviving historic wooden buildings in the world. Some samples of these buildings are the temples in China such as the Nanchan Temple built in 782 C.E., the Greensted Church, parts of which are from the 11th century, and the stave churches in Norway from the 12th and 13th centuries.
The industrial revolution brought many different inventions. This changed the design of the traditional timber framing. The inventions of the circular saw led to the development of the balloon framing. This was a major step for the evolution of carpentry as a whole.
The development of electrical tools in the 19th and 20th century improved the quality and speed among carpenters and their work.
A cabinetmaker is a carpenter who does fine and detailed work specializing in the making of cabinets, tables, wood, wardrobes, and other furniture.
After World War II ended, woodworking became a popular hobby among middle class citizens. The highly skilled amateurs enjoyed this hobby and would turn out pieces of furniture what rival the work of professional cabinet makers today. Today here at Piu Alto, our Cabinet makers construct very detailed one off piece for example, bespoke reception desks, Solid wood and Resin Counter tops. They also manufacture many pieces of bespoke furniture.
These days there is a lot that goes into becoming a carpenter. Cabinet makers would carry out the following on a daily basis: cutting, shaping and joining wood and wood based products together using a wide range of hand tools, e.g. hammer, saw, planes and chisels. They also use power tools and large machines that are constantly evolving with the times. When somebody decides they want to become a carpenter they have to study drawings, perform craft calculations and select materials to meet design requirements.
Today an apprentice carpenter will complete a 4 year course containing 7 phases. The 7 phases are split up between the work place and the training college.
Carpentry has moved to a whole new level. One of a kind pieces are designed and made with the help of many hand tools and personal skill.
Here at Píu Alto we have over 20 years experience in woodwork. We have grown with the changes constantly being introduced to woodwork and cabinet making. All of our cabinet makers are highly skilled which has helped Piu Alto maintain their high standard in workmanship to date.