The History of Trim Carpentry

If you’re a trim or finish carpenter you have probably weighed the pros and cons of both a pneumatic nailing system and cordless nailers. Yes, the two tools perform similar duties, but do you prioritize cost, ergonomics or performance? The convenience of choosing between these two tools shows how far this trade has progressed. Carpentry was always thought of a trade that was necessary to utilize hammer and nails. Tradespeople needed to carry numerous hammers and different sets of nails with them at all times. Although this may still be true in some cases, the pneumatic nail gun completely changed the carpenter’s work. This innovation from hammer and nails, to the pneumatic nailing system, now to cordless nailers exemplifies the dramatic changes that we’ve seen the trim/ finish carpentry industry undergo. The numerous evolutions from hand tools, to power tools, now to cordless tools has allowed the carpentry industry to progress into the highly skilled and competitive trade that we see today. While carpenter’s base work has remained constant over the years, the way that this work is performed is ever changing. The introduction of these new tools has emphasized efficiency and accuracy more than ever before. As a result,, the field’s methods, techniques, and tools have undergone significant alterations. 

It is unlikely that the carpentry trade’s development will slow down anytime soon, and neither will the expectations for tradespeople to perform their craft in a dynamic manner. Another glimpse into how this trade has changed is the introduction of the laser level. Seemingly every tradesman or tradeswoman stores a level in their tool belt. The level is timeless and has been available for electrician’s use for centuries. This classic use of a level leaves room for user error, though, and is comparably less efficient to the laser. Although the handheld level is unlikely to go away anytime soon, the introduction of the laser has offered accuracy and efficiency that was previously unheard of in the trade. As time passes, carpentry tools are only going to continue to evolve. Like the level’s progression from a handheld tool to a laser measuring device, these changes in techniques will allow trim and finish carpenters to take a new step in furthering their craft. 

Trim Carpentry Today

The evolution of these tools are just glimpses of the ways that carpentry has been altered over the years. As we look at these changes and continue to see changes in the trade, it is evident that this innovation won’t slow down anytime soon. As the trade and its tools continue to develop, shouldn’t carpenter’s tool pouches change too?

At Diamondback we understand that no two carpenters perform their work the exact same way. Today, there are countless variations of various tools that trim carpenters use everyday. Every tradesman has his/her personal preference for almost everything. This is why Diamondback leaves the options to you. 

Diamondback systems for trim and finish carpentry

The Artisan (Miter & Eagle pouches) gives some of the best storage and organization for trim and finish carpenters. The Miter pouch attaches to your dominant side– the side of the body in which you are stronger– allowing up to six slots for essential tools, as well as a 7-slot Drill Bit/ Tool Index for the smaller items. The non-dominant side– the side of your body in which you are weaker– consists of The Eagle Pouch. The Eagle offers ideal storage capacity, with 6 total pouches, 3 slots, and 2 loops. Rounding out the artisan system are the hammer holster and the 4” Diamondback Belt. The lightweight belt ensures comfort as the hammer holster gives easy access to a carpenter’s best friend. 

The Raptor (Talon & Eagle pouches) offers a complete system with high mobility. This system prioritizes organization for those who tend to not carry a lot. The lightweight system offers easy access to tools, along with comfort and mobility. The Talon is designed as the dominant pouch. The versatility of the Talon will give you organization and easy access to whatever you choose to include in it. It contains 4 pouches, 6 slots and a single loop. The non-dominant pouch for the Raptor system is the Eagle. The Eagle’s 6 pouches, 3 slots and 2 loops gives a large amount of storage space for items, yet still keeps them in order. Optional attachments to the Raptor can include both our Hammer Holster as well as the Flat Bar Holster. These small accessories can play a large role by offering access to the most vital tools on the job. The Raptor is completed by the 4” Diamondback Belt, allowing for comfort and mobility while on the job.

The Maestro (Mazo & Clavo) is designed for those who only like to carry around the necessities. As our most compact system, the Maestro is perfect for the carpenter that requires fewer or smaller tools. This allows you to maximize mobility, while still keeping your tools organized and within easy access. The dominant side pouch for this system is the Mazo. Mazo’s design offers five individual slots for hand tools and markers, a 4-slot Drill Bit Index, 2 webbing clips for optional additional accessories or tools, and a divider in the main pocket. Opposite of this is the Clavo Pouch. This compact non-dominant pouch offers the highest mobility rating of Diamondback pouch options. It has 3 tool/utensil slots, a padded main pocket divider, an integrated universal magnet, a slingshot outer pocket, along with a webbing tape clip. 

Diamondback for Trim and Finish Carpentry

Here at Diamondback, we understand that no two people in a trade will carry the same things, in the same way. This is why we leave the options to you. Although we have these complete systems based on capacity, mobility and organization to guide you, at the end of the day the way that you wear your belts and pouches is up to you. This personal customization combined with our ergonomically designed belt will allow you to perform your job comfortably, efficiently and to the best of your ability.