Nina M. Davies, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Education for an apprentice carpenter began in the family workshop, with instruction in tools and technique, and would include numeracy, measurement, and geometry.  At the state school, he would be expected to learn and copy the great literary texts of Egypt, which included histories, instructional manuals, hymns, poems, and works on medicine and magic. Of interest is the famous Satire of the Trades, which argues that the scribe is the greatest craftsman by disparaging every other occupation. The Satire gives exaggerated accounts of the horrors of manual labour, including the sad lot of the carpenter:

The carpenter, with his chisel, is more exhausted than a field hand

His fields are the timber, his plough the chisel

No nightfall rescues him

When he has done more than his arm can take

At night, he lights a candle

Ironically, the Satire of the Trades actually celebrates the myriad occupations that combined to create that remarkable ancient society.