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Overseer of the Carpenters or Chief Carpenter was an ancient Egyptian occupational title. The title was held by a high officials who were put in charge of the carpentry workshop within a specific domain, overseeing the work of carpenters/woodworkers and supervising them while often the chiefs themselves were skilled at carpentry as well. Some of the objects crafted could range from chairs to doors to even boats.

Wood was not common in ancient Egypt and often had to be imported from Byblos, objects crafted from this wood were thus considered a luxury. Despite the lack of large strong timbers, there were active industries of carpentry around which used wood from local trees such as the acacia, sycomore-fig, and tamarisk, as well as various palm trees.[1]

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  1. Dixon 1974.


  • Dixon, D.M., 1974: Timber in Ancient Egypt. The Commonwealth Forestry Review, Vol. 53, No. 3 (157).