I said ...." Trimming out a stair case is not fine woodworking, it's trim carpentry, and done by a trim or finish carpenter not a woodworker. Your example is apples and oranges
. Besides, a table saw won't fit on a stair case AFAICT. There is not a better tool than a circ saw for that purpose."
Of course a hand built stair way is "fine woodworking"
and I didn't mean to imply it wasn't. The term was "trimming out", which does not mean a ground up fabrication in my book.
Trim carpenters or finish carpenters are different from framers, cabinetmakers are different from furniture makers, and hobby woodworking is different than crafting for the most part. Any one can lay claim to being a woodworker .... "I work with wood" ... but a fine woodworker of the type I am referring to, would be found in the Showcase pages of Fine Woodworking Magazine, whose pieces are made with veneers, handcut dovetails and mortise and tenons, inlays, marquetry, tapered legs, rail and style doors, including stairways, etc. Every carpenter is a woodworker, just not a fine woodworker. I have just about every issue of Fine Woodworking, so that's been my perspective on the subject.
There is always the debate as to whether Norm Abrams was a fine woodworker or just a guy with a big shop and a finish nailer and a studio full of helping hands when the cameras weren't running. To me it doesn't matter, since his work served to inspire others even if it wasn't always up to certain traditional standards.
Someone who shows up at a job site with a 28 oz framing hammer, a fully loaded tool belt and a circular
saw may very well be an excellent woodworker, but then again they may not have acquired those skills.
In my book fine woodworking is different than rough carpentry but I have carpenter friends who are capable of very fine woodworking. I did mean to disparage anyone's skills.
The names Tage Frid, Sam Maloof, Gustov Stickley, David Marks, James Krenov and others less well known are listed on this American woodworker's page:
Stickley is one of my favorites: