Got an idea for a holiday? Send it to us

Submit Now

National Woodworking Month – April 2023

National Woodworking Month is observed throughout the month of April. Since 1990, this holiday has been observed. Woodworking encompasses cabinetry and furniture manufacturing, wood carving, carpentry, and woodturning, among others. From ancient times to the modern era, every civilization on the planet has used wood to create functional, elegant, and decorative products. There is woodwork from the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Chinese. Many other ancient societies around the world used woodworking in a variety of styles and techniques. Since this practice has seen centuries of relevance in our daily lives, it’s only fair we give it the appreciation it deserves.

History of National Woodworking Month

Wood, as crucial as it is to our culture, is sometimes overlooked in this day and age. Space-age materials are being developed as technology advances, and metal is being used in more ways than ever before. The history of woodworking is inextricably linked to the history of man. Wood, along with stone, mud, and animal parts, was undoubtedly one of the first materials encountered by prehistoric humans. The development of ever-increasing levels of competence in using these materials was inextricably linked to the advancement of human civilization.

The Egyptians and the Chinese were two ancient civilizations that used woodworking. The Egyptians first used copper for woodworking tools, while bronze was not used for ironworking until much later, after 2000 BC. During the pre-dynastic period, mortise and tenon joints were also used to join pieces of wood (3100 B.C.). These joints were reinforced with pegs, dowels, and leather or cord lashings. During the New Kingdom period (1570–1069 B.C.), animal glue was used. There is evidence that early Egyptians were gluing boards together to make boat hulls as early as 3000 B.C.

The forefathers of Chinese woodworking are considered being Lu Ban and his wife Lady Yun. Lu Ban is said to have brought the plane, chalk-line, and other instruments to China. Although it was written 1,500 years after his death, his teachings are said to have been preserved in the book “Lu Ban Jing.” This book contains instructions on Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese discipline of geomancy, as well as descriptions of proportions for creating various products.

National Woodworking Month timeline

The 1600s
The Wooden Nail

The wooden peg gets replaced by the wooden nail in woodworking.

1650
Steel Hand Saw

The steel hand saw makes woodwork easier.

1777
First Circular Saw

Edmond Michel invents the first circular saw.

1868
Spring Measuring Tape For Carpentry

The spring measuring tape is introduced to make carpentry easier for carpenters.

The 1900s
Invention Of The Rounded Nail

The iconic rounded nail is invented.

National Woodworking Month FAQs

What do you call a woodworker?

A woodworker who creates or repairs wooden products is known as a carpenter, craftworker, or artificer.

How old is woodworking?

Woodworkers were an integral element of society for the ancient Egyptians, Jews, Romans, Greeks, and all other ancient civilizations around 2,000 years ago.

Where did woodworking start?

In ancient Egypt, there is extensive evidence of advanced woodworking.

National Woodworking Month Activities

  1. Restore furniture in your home

    Take a day off from work and restore a piece of furniture in your home. Purchase the necessary tools and begin the process of restoring your furniture to its former beauty.

  2. Sign up for workshops

    National Woodworking Month is the ideal opportunity to pick up some new skills. Sign up for woodworking workshops to learn basic methods, gain hands-on experience, and meet other individuals who are passionate about the trade.

  3. Share your woodwork masterpiece

    Share the satisfaction and pleasure that comes from creating something with your hands. Share your woodworking masterpiece and experience online by uploading photographs and videos. You can also make use of the #nationalwoodworkingmonth hashtag.

5 Facts About Wood That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. 1% of the world's commercial wood

    Every year, IKEA consumes 1% of the world's commercial wood to make furniture.

  2. Most expensive chair

    The Dragons Chair, designed by Eileen Gray and valued at over 28 million dollars, is the most expensive chair ever sold.

  3. Half a millennium

    Oak trees in the United Kingdom can survive for up to 500 years.

  4. Oldest surviving wooden structure

    Hōryū-ji temple in Ikaruga, Japan, is the world's oldest surviving wooden structure.

  5. World's palest natural wood

    Holly is regarded as the world's palest natural wood.

Why We Love National Woodworking Month

  1. It improves one's motor skills

    Woodworking is a craft that improves motor skills. Using woodworking to create high-quality objects results in a high level of hand-eye coordination. When measuring up a piece of wood, carving a pattern, cutting a joint, or putting the finishes to their masterpieces, even toddlers or adults who struggle with hand-eye coordination appear to gain their footing.

  2. It contributes to mankind's survival

    Woodwork is one of the most important jobs in the world, whether it is the construction of timber-framed houses or talented carpenters making marvels out of raw lumber. Without woodworkers, there would be no houses, churches, or commercial buildings.

  3. It promotes creativity

    Woodworking is an art form that promotes creativity. Woodworking is not limited to adults, children can equally use woodworking to exhibit their creativity and imagination.

National Woodworking Month dates

YearDateDay
2023April 1Saturday
2024April 1Monday
2025April 1Tuesday
2026April 1Wednesday
2027April 1Thursday
Be Kind to Spiders Week
Golden Rule Week
International Pooper Scooper Week
Laugh at Work Week
Medication Safety Week
National Robotics Week
Testicular Cancer Awareness Week
April Fools' Day
Assyrian New Year
Boomer Bonus Days
Cyprus National Holiday
Edible Book Day
Education and Sharing Day
Every Day is Tag Day
Fossil Fools Day
International Firewalk Day
International Fun at Work Day
International Pillow Fight Day
Investiture of the Captains Regent in San Marino
Library Snap Shot Day
Lupus Alert Day
Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month
Myles Day
National Connor Day
National Fun Day
National Greeting Card Day
National Handmade Day
National Love Our Children Day
National Loyal Day
National One Cent Day
National Sourdough Bread Day
National Trombone Players Day
Nickelodeon Anniversary Celebration Day
Odisha Day
Reading is Funny Day
St. Stupid Day
Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action
Tatting Day
U.S. Air Force Academy Day
U.S. Air Force Academy Day
Adopt a Ferret Month
Arab American Heritage Month
Autism Acceptance Month
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage Month
Cancer Control Month
Canine Fitness Month
Celebrate Diversity Month
Cesarean Awareness Month
Child Abuse Awareness Month
Children and Nature Awareness Month
Confederate History Month
Counseling Awareness Month
Couple Appreciation Month
Cranberries and Gooseberries Month
Defeat Diabetes Month
Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Dog Appreciation Month
Earth Month
Emotional Overeating Awareness Month
Fair Housing Month
Filipino Food Month
Financial Literacy Month
Fresh Florida Tomato Month
Genocide Awareness Month
Global Astronomy Month
Global Child Nutrition Month
Grange Month
IBS Month
Informed Woman Month
International Amateur Radio Month
International Customer Loyalty Month
International Guitar Month
Jazz Appreciation Month
Keep America Beautiful Month
Month of the Military Child
Move More Month
Multicultural Communication Month
National Adopt a Greyhound Month
National African-American Women's Fitness Month
National Alcohol Awareness Month
National BLT Sandwich Month
National Car Care Month
National Card and Letter Writing Month
National Decorating Month
National Donate Life Month
National Facial Protection Month
National Financial Capability Month
National Food Month
National Foot Health Awareness Month
National Fresh Celery Month
National Frog Month
National Garden Month
National Garlic Month
National Grilled Cheese Month
National Heartworm Awareness Month
National Humor Month
National Internship Awareness Month
National Kite Month
National Knuckles Down Month
National Literature Month
National Minority Health Month
National Month of Hope
National Multiple Birth Awareness Month
National Pecan Month
National Pest Management Month
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
National Poetry Month
National Rebuilding Month
National Safe Digging Month
National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
National Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)'s Education and Awareness Month
National Sjogren's Syndrome Awareness Month
National Social Security Month
National Soft Pretzel Month
National Soy Foods Month
National Volunteer Month
National Welding Month
National Woodworking Month
National Youth Sports Safety Month
Occupational Therapy Month
Panagyaman Rice Festival
Parkinson's Awareness Month
Parliamentary Law Month
Pharmacists War on Diabetes Month
Physical Wellness Month
Poetic Earth Month
Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month
Records and Information Management Month
Rosacea Awareness Month
Sarcoidosis Awareness Month
School Library Month
Scottish-American Heritage Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month
Step up for 30 For Bowel Cancer Month
STI Awareness Month
Straw Hat Month
Stress Awareness Month
Summer Tire Changeover Month
SunSmart Skin Cancer Prevention
Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
Tomatillo and Asian Pear Month
Women's Eye Health and Safety Month
Workplace Conflict Awareness Month
World Landscape Architecture Month
Worldwide Bereaved Spouses Awareness Month

Want to sponsor this holiday?

Holidays Straight to Your Inbox

Every day is a holiday!
Receive fresh holidays directly to your inbox.