匠 means 'artisan'

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Strokes : 6    Frequency: 1425   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-21    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 1 word   Used in 24 words   Used in 157 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
Kun    たくみ artisan, workman, carpenter
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See how marketers have coopted 匠, which conveys an impressive mastery of an art or craft. This kanji was originally associated with carpentry, which carries little prestige in the United States. To grasp how it could be the opposite in Japan, I consulted Len Brackett, once a temple carpenter in Kyoto. His comments illuminate this essay, as do photos of his work.
⿷   side open box   axe  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 匠 is used 3 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 匠 is used 24 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
ショウ : 20 words FIND ALL
1 2
noun, suffix
1. master; teacher
2. coach who owns his stable  (sumo term)
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ショウ (read as じょう) : 2 words FIND ALL
falconer; hawker
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たくみ : 2 words FIND ALL
1. workman; artisan; mechanic; carpenter
2. craft; skill
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Henshall: 1388  Joy o' Kanji : 1388  Key to Kanji:

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ショウ    artisan   
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キン   axe
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カ   ゲ   した below, under   くだ to descend   さげる to lower, to reduce   
side open box
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