Hello and Welcome to Tamriel Foundry’s Woodworking Guide! Here we cover the basic and advanced mechanics of Woodworking in The Elder Scrolls Online as well as some best practices! If you would like to get a quick primer on the basics, check out the video.
Why It’s Useful
Woodworking lets you craft the various wooden weapons and shields in ESO. You can turn wood you collect in the world into fine pieces with various stats and styles as well. Some of the best wooden weapons and shields in the game can be crafted by Woodworking and they have the ability to fine tune their pieces. Wooden weapons and shields types can be used in many build types including non caster/tank builds. Experiment with Woodworking!
Woodworking can also improve on crafted or already existing gear you’ve found in the world! Using improvement materials found by refining wood, deconstructing armor, and given to you by hirelings, Woodworkers can improve wooden weapons and shields all the way to legendary!
Many players will need Wooden Weapons and Shields of various types and styles. Deadric, and Imperial seem to be the most popular as far as style, so having the Racial styles available can be very profitable! Also, upgrading as a service to others can net a pretty hefty commission!
Raw wood is used in the creation of woodworking pieces and can be found throughout the zones in Tamriel. They are usually zone-specific, and you will only find one or two types of wood in a zone. You’ll find them next to trees, in grassy fields, near ruins, on beaches as driftwood, and in caves and caverns. Raw Wood must be refined in stacks of 10, and gives you Sanded Wood and sometimes other materials for Woodworking. The current list of wood is (in order of item level):
Finding a Station
Woodworking Stations are found in towns and cities and are identified by a hammer and angle symbol on flags outside of the station and on the map.
The station itself is a workbench with lumber leaning against it, complete with tools, chisels, peg holes, and an axe.
There are also special Set Woodworking Stations located throughout the world that allow you to craft items with special set bonus. These special set stations require multiple traits to be unlocked for the various pieces of woodworking gear. HERE is a list of the Set Stations and their locations!
Refining gathered wood is the first step in creating amazing pieces! It requires 10 pieces of raw wood for each refinement and yields sanded wood and sometimes other useful items for Woodworking! You can refine materials from your bag or from your bank. As of the writing of this guide, refining unfortunately does not give you any inspiration. However, creating and deconstructing items do! Let’s check it out!
Creating wooden weapons and shields requires sanded wood and a style material. The more wood you use the higher the level, armor/damage, and values goes. You will choose the type of item, its wood type and amount, the style material to define its look, as well as the trait material to make the item have special properties.
Another way to gather materials is to deconstruct old or useless armor into usable materials! Simply click the item you wish to deconstruct and hit the interact button. This WILL destroy the item and provide some of its base materials for use in creating new items. With the proper skills, a woodworker has an increased chance of extracting these materials from items!
A woodworker can improve upon already crafted gear. These improvements will increase the quality and look of the gear from Common all the way to Legendary. These improvements do not have a level requirement of any kind, so a woodworker can increase the quality of ANY woodworking item.
There is a risk, however, as improvement takes multiple improvement materials to complete and the chance goes up the more materials you use. These materials cannot be farmed or gathered in the field, they are earned by deconstructing, and can be sent to you by a hireling.
This is one way woodworkers make their money from external sources. A master woodworker needs less improvement materials and can help a non-woodworker save money by not having to buy as many. This can net you a pretty decent profit if you advertise your services correctly.
Research allows the discovery of traits! These traits you learn can be added to weapons and shields that you create in the future! Researching traits requires the specific piece of gear that you want to learn the trait from to be destroyed in order to understand it’s properties. If you wish to learn a trait for chest pieces, you will need to destroy a chest piece with that trait on it in order to learn it.
This process takes time. LOTS of time. Each trait in a particular piece takes ever increasing time starting at 6 hours. This time is real time and will continue whether you are logged on or off. You can reduce these times with skills that allow more than on research at a time and reduce the overall time to research.
Researchable Armor Traits
- Sturdy – Chance of avoiding decay after death
- Impenetrable – Critical resistance
- Reinforced – Value of armor on item
- Training – Additional experience using item’s skill line
- Divines – Additional Mundus Stone effect
- Well-fitted – Reducing cost for running
- Infused – Additional armor enchant effect
- Exploration – Additional exploration experience
Researchable Weapon Traits:
- Powered – Reduces weapon enchant cooldowns
- Weighted – Additional attack speed
- Infused – Increases weapon enchant effect
- Precise – Additional Weapon/Spell critical value
- Training – Additional experience using item’s skill line
- Charged – Increases value of enchantment charges
- Sharpened – Increases spell and armor penetration
You can find the list of research times and their reductions HERE!
The skills for Woodworking that you can place points in to enhance the craft include “Woodworking” which is the only *required* skill to raise woodworking to maximum level and to be able to make all items. However there are many other skills that improve and enhance the profession!
Early Crafting Skillpoint Allocation
If you would like to start crafting as soon as possible while leveling, here are some must-have skills to get your Woodworking off to a great start! After taking your initial survival skills, place points into the following to get the ball rolling!
- Keen Eye: 1 / 3 – To start seeing wood better!
- Lumberjack Hireling: 1/3 – To get Woodworking stuff sent to your mail!
- Carpentry: 1/3 – To get research times down and do multiple research at one!
- Wood Extracting: 1/ 3 – To get the most out of extraction
Just keep putting points into these four skills in order as you level Woodworking, interwoven with your regular combat skills!
Here is the full list of skills and descriptions that you can allocate points into!
- Rank 1: Allows the use of Sanded Maple.
- Rank 2: Allows the use of Sanded Oak.
- Rank 3: Allows the use of Sanded Beech.
- Rank 4: Allows the use of Sanded Hickory.
- Rank 5: Allows the use of Sanded Yew.
- Rank 6: Allows the use of Sanded Birch.
- Rank 7: Allows the use of Sanded Ash.
- Rank 8: Allows the use of Sanded Mahogany.
- Rank 9: Allows the use of Sanded Nightwood.
Keen Eye: Wood:
- Rank 1: Wood in the world will be easier to see when you are 20 meters or closer.
- Rank 2: Wood in the world will be easier to see when you are 30 meters or closer.
- Rank 3: Wood in the world will be easier to see when you are 40 meters or closer.
- Rank 1: A Lumberjack Hireling will send you wood and possibly other items every day.
- Rank 2: A Lumberjack Hireling will send you more wood and possibly better items every day.
- Rank 3: A Lumberjack Hireling will send you even more wood and possibly even better items twice a day.
- Rank 1: Improves the chance of extracting Woodworking ingredients.
- Rank 2: Greatly improves the chance of extracting Woodworking ingredients.
- Rank 3: Maximizes the chance of extracting Woodworking ingredients.
- Rank 1: Reduces research times by 5% and allows the research of two items at once.
- Rank 2: Reduces research times by 10% and allows the research of two items at once.
- Rank 3: Reduces research times by 20% and allows the research of three items at once.
- Rank 1: Increases the chance of improving items with resins.
- Rank 2: Greatly increases the chance of improving items with resins.
- Rank 3: More than doubles the chance of improving items with resins.
Tips & Best Practices!
- SAVE YOUR GEAR! – Even bound gear can be deconstructed or used in researching traits! Don’t vendor your gear!
- Buy UNREFINED materials! – Refining raw wood gives you sanded wood, however it also has a chances to give you improvement and style materials! When you are buying or trading for materials, make sure they are RAW!
- Focused Research! – Decide what traits you want to research first and have a plan! It takes a long time to research all the traits for a profession. Have an order to the research you want for your build!
- Gather at Night! - If you have the chance to gather at night with your Keen Eye ability ready to go, you will see the wood from a very long distance and it is very bright in the dark!
As always, we hope you have found this guide informative and useful and will continue to update it as we discover more, happy crafting! Want to discuss crafting further? Head over to the Crafter’s Hall and start posting!