1) On record as an occupational term and by-name in Yorkshire in the fourteenth century. Possibly a wood-cutter since no early examples of that word have been noted.
1357 Item, Willelmo Wodehewer xvjd, York
1379 Johannes Wodhewer, Headingley. However, the wood which carpenters and carvers used had to be prepared or ‘rough-hewn’, and the wood-hewer may also have performed that task.