Sunshine Daydream's Guide to ESO

Sunshine Daydream's Guide to Carpentry

Woodworking is the craft which allows creation of shields, bows, and staves. Yet some of its skills are designed for anyone (even the non-crafter).

For example, one rank in Keen Eye (available at skill level 2) is useful at least on your often-played characters to quickly learn the appearance of differing types of rough wood and to easily gather materials more reliably while playing.

Wood Extraction improves the chances of extracting style/trait gems and resins when refining materials or deconstructing items. This benefit may be worthwhile for anyone that deconstructs items even if you are not planning to craft (although if you're learning crafting on another character, you'll want these points there instead and to transfer break-downs to them).

Lumberjack hirelings may sound useful until you realize they will only deliver low level materials unless you also invest in the Woodworking skill.

This guide to woodworking covers:

Skill Progression for the Woodworker

20 skill points are recommended to effectively train your woodworker, but only 12 are necessary until creating end-game gear; initially hold off on the skills listed below but not shown in bold-face. Always invest as rapidly in possible in the skills that reduce research time and allow simultaneous trait research studies. Further invest in your woodworking skills as you level, keeping your material tier useful to your most advanced character's level.

Skill Level Skill Name Benefit
2 Keen Eye (1) wood within 20 meters will sparkle making it easier to spot
4 Wood Extraction (1) improves the chances of extracting style/trait gems and resins
5 Woodworking (2) allows the use of Oak (levels 16-25)
8 Carpentry (1) reduces research times by 5% and allows researching 2 items at a time
10 Woodworking (3) allows the use of Beech (levels 26-35)
10 Resin Expertise (1) increases the chances of improving items with resins
15 Woodworking (4) allows the use of Hickory (levels 36-45)
18 Carpentry (2) reduces research times by 10%
20 Woodworking (5) allows the use of Yew (levels 46-50)
22 Wood Extraction (2) greatly improves the chances of extracting style/trait gems and resins
25 Resin Expertise (2) greatly increases the chances of improving items with resins
25 Woodworking (6) allows the use of Birch (CP 10 - CP 30)
28 Carpentry (3) reduces research times by 20% and allows researching 3 items at a time
30 Woodorking (7) allows the use of Ash (CP 40 - CP 60)
32 Wood Extraction (3) maximizes the chances of extracting style/trait gems and resins
35 Woodworking (8) allows the use of Mahogany (CP 70 - CP 80)
40 Resin Expertise (3) more than doubles the chances of improving items with resins
40 Woodworking (9) allows the use of Nightwood (CP 90 - CP 140)
45 Carpentry (4) reduces research times by 25% and caps research timers to 30 days max
50 Woodworking (10) allows the use of Ruby Ash (CP 150 - CP 160)

Leveling Woodworking

To level woodworking as quickly as possible:

Deconstruction gives far more inspiration than creation and generates materials. Deconstruction inspiration from an item that you yourself made however only yields about 10% of what other items would. Inspiration received from deconstruction is increased with higher item level, with better item quality, and with "Intricate" items.

Testing at Summerset launch suggests that item drops usually grant approximately 33% more inspiration than items crafted by another character. The release notes stated one's own crafted items would have reduced inspiration (as has always been the case) but did not mention items crafted by another character which in past testing had given the same inspiration as dropped items. This may have changed long ago or may be a bug, I'm unsure so am just describing it here.

If you're saving items from questing to deconstruct them, you will need a plan for when your inventory fills. Firstly, destroy any white items with a value of 0 gold as they provide little inspiration anyhow. Then, if you have an alternate account you can manage inventory while questing through the mail system. Mail attachments to your alternate account and later use the "return to sender" option. Then retrieve the item from the mail system when at a crafting area.

If you choose to purchase items to level your craft, prices are not the only variable that affect which items are the right items to purchase for deconstruction; your crafting level matters due to the Inspiration Cap. The cap increases with inspiration boost, so 10% inspiration boost from ESO+, or 20% with regards to CP in The Tower, will raise the numbers shown below by the same percentage, making the same items useful regardless of what amount of inspiration boost you do or do not have.

Note that you will never receive the full calculated inspiration from Intricate items of the highest levels, just decide when it makes sense to purchase these items based on your budget and progress. The following table can help ensure you don't overpay for items due to the Deconstruction Inspiration Cap.

Another common method for leveling crafting is with a crafting buddy or alt:

  1. Find someone who has the same number of skill points in Woodworking as you do.
  2. The most inspiration per material is gained with bows. Certain levels (4, 16, 26, 36, 46, CP 10, CP 40, CP 70, CP 90) yield the best inspiration/material ratio). So create bows at the maximum of these levels which you can craft.
  3. Then trade these with a buddy who has done the same.
  4. Deconstruct the bows made by your crafting buddy.

However the amount of materials involved may make sticking to deconstruction of accumulated loot preferable.


Daily writs provide a boost to inspiration upon delivery, always provide either an ornate or intricate item, and occasionally provide survey maps to help replenish your supplies.

Master Writs are available once you are completing top tier writs. It is said that your chance to receive a Master Writ increases based on your progress in trait research and with the motifs for which you know all chapters.

Rank in
as Reward
Materials Used
1 1,000 Maple
2 2,000 Oak
3 4,000 Beech
4 6,000 Hickory
5 8,000 Yew
6 10,000 Birch
7 13,000 Ash
8 16,000 Mahogany
9 20,000 Nightwood
10 20,000 Ruby Ash

All About Materials

Wood is most often found at the base of trees or along the water's edge where it may have washed up as driftwood. Since the One Tamriel update all zones scale with your character, half the material nodes scale based upon your skill points in Woodworking and half based upon your character level. Typically, three or four rough wood can be gathered per harvest and occasionally you will also find Heartwood which is used in furniture crafting; the yield can occasionally be doubled (10% chance) with 10 Champion Points in The Lover constellation for the benefit of the "Plentiful Harvest" passive.

Rough wood (raw material) must then be refined (sanded) at a woodworking table before being used to create an item. In this process, ten rough wood typically yields between seven and ten sanded wood and may also grant style or trait gems or improvement materials (the chance of this happening can be increased with Wood Extraction, one of the recommended skills)

(Raw) Rough Wood Creates Items of
Level Range
(Refined) Sanded Wood
Maple Levels 1 through 15 Maple
Sanded Maple
Oak Levels 16 through 25 Oak
Sanded Oak
Beech Levels 26 through 35 Beech
Sanded Beech
Hickory Levels 36 through 45 Hickory
Sanded Hickory
Yew Levels 46 through 50 Yew
Sanded Yew
Birch CP 10 through CP 30 Birch
Sanded Birch
Ash CP 40 through CP 60 Ash
Sanded Ash
Mahogany CP 70 through CP 80 Mahogany
Sanded Mahogany
Nightwood CP 90 through CP 140 Nightwood
Sanded Nightwood
Ruby Ash CP 150 through CP 160 Ruby Ash
Sanded Ruby Ash

Resins for Improvement

Every item you create will initially be white (standard) quality. You can upgrade an item's quality at any suitable crafting table. In the crafting interface, choose the "Improvement" tab then select the item to upgrade. Increasing item quality generates more base armor/damage and a greater effect for traits.

Upgrading the quality of woodworking items requires resins. Using more resins gives a greater percentage chance of success. There is also a skill (Resin Expertise) which reduces the number of resins needed to succeed with each upgrade.

If you choose to attempt an upgrade but fail due to using too few resins then the item will be destroyed and you will lose the resins with which you attempted the upgrade!

Resin (image) Resin Used
for Improvement
Resins for 100% Success
with Resin Expertise Rank
Upgraded Item Quality
-- 1 2 3
- Standard Item
(as crafted)
- - - - Standard
Pitch 5 4 3 2 Fine
Turpen 7 5 4 3 Superior
Mastic 10 7 5 4 Epic
Rosin 20 14 10 8 Legendary

Researching Traits

Researching traits is a very long process. Times to complete research increase dramatically as you progress, so start as early as possible!

Because trait research is common to other crafts as well, it is discussed in a seperate article which can be found here:
Sunshine Daydream's Guide to Traits.

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