I got the point of painting the house as a symbol to kill someone because when you shot someone in the head and he is in front of wall, wall will get painted with the blood. But how is doing "your own carpentry" relate to handling the dead bodies. For recap, this dialogue came up when Frank talked to Jimmy for the first time about how he is a "painter" and do his own "carpentry"?

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    I don't think you should read too much into it. Firstly, this may not be completely accurate -- films about organized crime are inaccurate since the actual criminals tend to not want to reveal things. Secondly, related to the first, mob guys always spoke obscurely in case they were being recorded. They used nicknames for associates for this reason and it makes sense that they would also use code words for different crimes. But they were not writers concerned with symbolism -- many were functionally illiterate. – releseabe Aug 16 '20 at 4:29
  • @releseabe This isn't about real criminals, this is a question about a work of fiction that was written by people who aren't illiterate and are known to occasionally employ symbolism. – Cubic Aug 16 '20 at 12:34
  • @Cubic the movie was based on fact -- the phrase about house painting is the title of the supposedly factual bio of a real person. – releseabe Aug 16 '20 at 12:37

If "painters" paint with blood, then the same line of thinking would suggest that "carpenters" put people in wooden boxes, i.e. handle and dispose of dead bodies.

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