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There were men who earned a living at carpentry. If they lived in a port town, they might have been doing it part time as early as the 1640s. All of them learned the same way, as apprentices. (Many was the colonial boy who grew up with a small wooden tool kit made by a father who guided his son’s career.) About age fourteen, boys took up learning the craft from their father, an uncle, or someone with a carpenter shop who was agreeable. They stayed with their master until about age eighteen, at which time they could call themselves journeymen and look for work.
From the front this is a two story house. At the back, though, note the sloping roof. It is as though the back of the house had been attached and the roof extended down to cover it. (It is supposed to look like a [17th Century salt box]).
It is alleged this was the first house design used by settlers in New England. (It is a European form from the middle ages.) They are not simple constructions that a group of untrained men could throw together in a few days. Carpenters were needed.