The Carpenter's Shop

Besides constructing new buildings at Fort William, carpenters were needed to repair existing ones. Even under the best conditions, wooden structures require a lot of maintenance; Fort William's location on low, swampy ground meant that a full time carpenter was needed to keep up with building repairs.

Some carpenters who came to Fort William were also joiners, that is, makers of furniture, house fittings and fine woodwork. While some men were hired as both carpenters and joiners, others served in one capacity or the other. Inventories of tools taken at the time suggest that the Carpenter's Shop was primarily the workplace for joining activity.