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I mean, did he own tools and knew how to use them? Maybe they were rusted.
We may never know what kind of handyman he was.
He was a carpenter.
Who would covert a tree into a chair?
Sure, however they used to do it back in those days. And he must have been
competent at it because he was able to take over three years off to preach.
The Christians always seem to paint him as a kid in a workshop with
primitive tools, but maybe he was building houses... they didn't have
Mexicans for that back then.
And if he was a carpenter, he'd probably have to be an all-round
craftsman and fashion his own tools.
The Greek term used in the Bible was "teknon", which is a general term
referring to any sort of craftsman, specifically in the construction
trade. So he could have been a carpenter, or a mason. Or just a
"Mexican" carrying bricks to where they were needed.
I am not sure he could have made his own tools, since that would have
required good practical knowledge of working iron and access to a
smithy. IMO, it is even likely that most craftsmen in those days might
not have owned their own tools since these would have been quite
expensive to acquire.
Planes, chisels, hammers, mallets, etc. don't have to contain a lot of
metal to work, so a carpenter may have required the services of
specialists but just for the edges on edged tools, and some parts that
would wear quickly.
There is a antique shop (large warehouse) that I visit and they have
some of the old tools used in this country 100's of years ago. You
probably wouldn't believe the number and types of planes that replaced
routers, shapers, and the power planing tools we use today, there is a
large room devoted to planes alone, and except for a bit of steel in
the cutter they are made of wood.
They even had a lathe that only had two pieces of metal that I could
see, the "drive spur," and a forged ring for the drive bearing, the
tail stock was all wood as was the treadle, and spring, the rope
(drive) appeared to be made from flax. (they wanted museum prices for
it too, where something like a plane could be had for a few dollars)
I don't know how it was done that far back or how sophisticated their
tools were, but it is probably safe to say they used a lot of wood.
I know a little bit about this because for a while, I used to source and
buy old tools at antique fairs in England for friends abroad who are in
the trades -- carpenters, furniture restorers etc. These tools were all
made by very specialised craftsmen and cost a pretty penny back in the
day, even something as common as a normal ruler. And tools like routers
or planes were made from steel which needed constant attention and
And of course back in the 19th century, the steel bits would have come
from a factory rather than the workshop of an individual smith forging
each and every implement by hand. Screws, bolts and nuts to quickly and
cheaply fix wooden parts together and hold steel bits in place did not
exist before around 1400 AD (*), meaning that tools had to be shaped by
hand and then glued or pegged together.
(*) Romans did use screws in furniture, but those were handmade from
silver or bronze, with the thread on each screw made from wire threaded
on to the screw and hand-soldered. Nuts were unknown.