Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Trades - The Carpenter

The joiner comes in when the bricklayer leaves,
 Pulls off his jacket - tucks up his sleeves -
 Draws out his plans - sharpens each tool -
Then measures his work with his little joint rule,
 To see how much stuff each portion will take,
 A window - a cupboard - or staircase to make:
 Then mortices neatly the framing of doors,
 And planes up the stuff for panels and floors:
 Till at last he comes down to the kitchen below,
 Where a dresser he fixes, and shelves in a row;
 With a bench underneath for the saucepans to lay,
 Then lets in the painter, and toddles away.
From March's Penny Library 1860