There's been a bit of text in the PHB that's been bothering me as of late regarding the artisan trade that's found on page 143 in the Coinage passage (Emphasis mine):
With one gold piece, a character can buy a belt pouch, 50 feet of good rope, or a goat. A skilled (but not exceptional) artisan can earn one gold piece a day.
(Note: In the older prints, belt pouch is in the place of bedroll)
As the only mention of skilled artisan I have found is regarding if you are proficiencies or not, this made me consider two possibilities:
- Either there are two subclasses within the artisan background
- A skilled artisan refers to one without proficiency while an exceptional artisan would include it.
What got me started on this was trying to understand how long crafting would take, and finding that the PHB states that only 2 hours of your 8 can be used on mundane tasks while XGE states under Woodcarver Tool Proficiency that they can craft up to 20 arrows (offering a net profit of 1/2gp) in the long rest, suggesting that if your party members are taking a day off, you could spend the day making 1/2 gold every 2h just crafting arrows in a lumber yard...
Whatever the case may be, I think I'm overthinking this and really am looking for some clarification on what differentiates a skilled artisan from an exceptional one as well as how to calculate an hourly rate for a character with an artisan background who's working while traveling (Such as the woodcarver who's whittling amulets while relaxing by the fire).
I apologize if the answer is in either XGE or the PHB (as those are what I have bought so far to work with) and I have been too blind to see it, and I do appreciate your patience.