There are several different areas of carpentry. There are those who stick strictly to wood working for the home with cabinets and such in the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, office space and perhaps even converted wood craft rooms. In Lakeland, Florida there are some amazing men and women who strive to bring you the very best creativity and craftsmanship ever known to carpentry.
Besides cabinets and roofing framing, there are carpenters who do amazing furniture work. They can build unique dinning tables, chairs, rockers, end tables, beds, dressers. You name it, if it can be crafted out of wood a solid local carpenter is what you want to find to do the work for you.
The term carpenter can also be used to refute to those who build houses. Wood framing and such. If this is what you are in the market for hiring local is pretty much the only way to go. Try and stay away from big box stores to do this type of work. Those that live in your area and have made a life out of framing out homes know the lay of the land and how the house is going to respond to the area it is being created on.
Trust them in the fact that they know what they are doing, how to do it, and how the earth and area around the new home will react to this new home being placed there. Everything must be in good balance with the surroundings and footing of the home for things to be smooth and natural. Big name companies are not going to care how the ground reacts when certain elements come into play. Hiring someone who knows the elements and how to prepare for them by simply being local is really the best choice to make.