Intro

Intro:

Who?
Peter Sauer

What?
Finish Carpentry

How?
Family had a carpentry workshop in Germany, and his father and grandfather were carpenters.

When?
Studied in 1992. Started own business in 2016.

Where?
Germany

Why?
Began as a basic interest, but developed into a job.

Pro’s and con’s of the job
Pro’s
Make your own hours.
Wide variety of jobs or tasks.
Plenty of stuff to do.

Con’s
No Holidays
Some people call outside of normal hours

Main problems while at work
Annoying, difficult, or frustrating workmates or customers.

Training for the Job
1 year of Finish carpentry school in Germany
2 years of finish carpentry Apprenticeship and school

Previous occupation considerations
Accountant
Postman (german UPS)

Past work fields
Furniture carpentry

What is a good carpentry field to start out in
Framing carpentry

Advice to someone new in carpentry
Practice a lot, and make mistakes. Work with a finish carpenter.
You learn quick when you make a really expensive mistake.

Helpful things to learn or take in finish carpentry
A master course, California contractors license

Helpful things from school
Math, CAD, and Woodshop

How has the Job changed in the past 10 years?
Machines have taken over in Germany, but the US is like German carpentry 30 years ago… Expected to see machines computerized even more in the next 10 years.

Hobbies
Hiking, Camping, Biking, basically anything outdoors.
Also, keep woodworking as a job, and as far away from hobbies as possible!