Asked by: smerickson-ga
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09 Aug 2006 16:27 PDT
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What is the job title for a person who makes chairs? In other words, what do you call a person who makes chairs? For example, a cobbler is someone who makes shoes, what is the analogous title for one who makes chairs? Thanks for your help!
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 09 Aug 2006 16:46 PDT
Dear smerickson, A joiner specialized in making chairs is simply a "chairmaker", just as a joiner who makes cabinets is just called a cabinetmaker. Generic and uninspired as the term "chairmaker" may sound, it is actually the traditional designation for this special kind of craftsman, dating back at least to the 17th century. Regards, Scriptor
From: myoarin-ga on 09 Aug 2006 17:01 PDT
And a shoemaker makes shoes. A cobbler, properly speaking, only repairs them: http://www.fromoldbooks.org/Grose-VulgarTongue/t/to-cobble.html http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=cobbler&searchmode=none Modern dictionaries don't make the distinction, but the shoemakers do.
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