Story: Building trades

The Kauri Timber Company

These pages from a timber-company catalogue illustrate the types of ready-made doors and window frames that were manufactured by joiners in factories from the 1860s. These kit-set components for bungalows and villas greatly reduced the time it took carpenters to construct houses.

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Reference: Eph-A-BUILDING-SUPPLIES-1920s-01-front; Eph-A-BUILDING-SUPPLIES-1920s-01-17; Eph-A-BUILDING-SUPPLIES-1920s-01-03

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How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Building trades - Carpenters, joiners, painters, decorators and plasterers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010