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The IOC was founded in 1890 by 11 craftsmen who had achieved first class passes in the new exams set by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, one of the oldest livery companies in the City of London.  At that time, the Institute’s role was to oversee training for carpenters and joiners to help maintain high professional standards and skills at a time when many feared that traditional skills were being lost.  

We’re proud of our heritage and history and over a century later we’re still committed to the original aims of ensuring each generation of carpenters and joiners upholds the highest traditions of our historic craft (not just that of carpentry, but also other wood trades such as furniture and cabinet makers, structural post and beam carpenters, wheelwrights, computer aided design carpentry design, wood carvers and turners and boat builders).   

Today, we work to enhance and promote the status of our ancient profession and to ensure that our members and their clients benefit from the superior knowledge and craftsmanship associated with the Institute.

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