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wood·​work·​ing ˈwu̇d-ˌwər-kiŋ How to pronounce woodworking (audio)
: used for woodworking


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: the act, process, or occupation of working wood into a useful or desired form
woodworker noun

Examples of woodworking in a Sentence

Noun His favorite hobby was woodworking.
Recent Examples on the Web
For more woodworking power tools, check out our top picks for woodworking routers, wood planers, and cordless drills. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 15 Feb. 2023 There will be rosemaling, woodworking and Norwegian knitting demonstrations. Anchorage Daily News, 23 Sep. 2022 The company makes tools for uses including metalworking, woodworking, pneumatic, gardening and in the household. Manuel Baigorri, Bloomberg.com, 28 Mar. 2022 About an hour’s ride from the headquarters, in an industrial neighborhood on the outskirts of Padova, is De Santi, the small woodworking facility that has been Sonus’ cabinetmaker from the beginning. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 17 Dec. 2021 Rosemaling, woodworking and Norwegian knitting demonstrations. Anchorage Daily News, 24 Sep. 2021 People also can participate virtually in contests such as the farm baby costume, prettiest pet and talent shows, and enter in multiple competitions related to crafts and skills such as gardening, baking, knitting and woodworking. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, 18 June 2021 Avery's sunroom project involved woodworking, fabric dyeing, and sewing, as well as painting every square inch of the space. Leslie Poyzer, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Apr. 2021 These findings include hundreds of small bone points and daggers from the same time period, elk antlers caved with animal faces and even woodworking tools that continue to suggest just how advanced these hunter-gathers really were. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, 27 Apr. 2018
Try your hand at dipping candles and making marbles; create a corn husk doll; stuff a scarecrow; watch demonstrations of sheepdog herding, quilting and woodworking; go on a garden tour; take a hayride; or meet barnyard animals. Adele Chapin, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2023 Baldessari’s screenprint Two Sunsets (One With Square Blue Moon) hangs above a vintage woodworking table, discovered at Amsterdam Modern, that serves as a credenza. Abigail Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Oct. 2023 The discovery drastically pushes back the historical record of structural woodworking. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2023 This year’s event will feature the works of contemporary and traditional artists working in various media, including painting, photography, jewelry, glass blowing, metal works, ceramics, mixed media, printmaking, woodworking and other art forms. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 25 Aug. 2023 Joe is a former carpenter and cabinetmaker who writes extensively about remodeling, woodworking, and tool techniques. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 22 Aug. 2023 Work on displays includes textiles, metalwork, photography, woodworking, ceramics, drawing, prints, paintings, and mixed media. oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2023 Some fabrication will take place inside the building to create things for events, including welding, woodworking, painting and more, according to a representative from Baum Revision. Journal Sentinel, 31 Aug. 2023 The festival also features crafters, a disc jockey, a farmers market with produce South Holland Historical Society buys from Big John’s Farm Market & Greenhouses in Chicago Heights, line dancing, quilters, raffles, South Holland Master Chorale, South Holland Municipal Band and woodworking. Jessi Virtusio, Chicago Tribune, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1839, in the meaning defined above


1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of woodworking was in 1839

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“Woodworking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodworking. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the act, process, or occupation of working with wood

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