As Jed Dixon writes at the end of this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how he designed and built a Victorian-style portico for a New England farmhouse, "Carpentry work is fun and rewarding, because it’s creative. We’re also part of a two thousand plus year-old tradition. Carpenters and woodworkers keep this tradition alive more than architects—more than anyone. The more you look at old work, the better you understand new work, and the better designer you become. Whether you are designing and building houses or just deciding where to put studs in a wall, you are the designer of what you make. The more of this design work you can capture, the more fun carpentry will be."

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