It’s Get Woodworking Week February 3rd through the 9th, so I thought I’d do a little post for the potential female woman woodworkers out there sitting on the fence about jumping into woodworking.
I can think of a lot of reasons why some might hesitate to start woodworking. Here’s a few examples with responses I might give:
I don’t know how to even start. I’ve never done anything like woodworking.
Now, more than ever, there is tons of help. There are fun, women-only classes, online classes and videos. Here are a few sources:
- The Wood Whisperer
- The Handtool School
- Wood Craft Classes -Sawdust Therapy I (Women’s Beginning Woodworking)
- Port Townsend School of Woodworking
- Your local Community College woodworking classes
I don’t like machines, they scare me.
It’s a great time to be a hand tool woodworker. Chris Schwarz, Shannon Rogers and many others are great sources of hand tool knowledge. And, if wanted and you live in a larger city, you can get most of your wood mostly milled. However, owning a thickness planer and a band saw (the woodworking sewing machine) will make things easier and expand your horizons.
I feel stupid when I ask questions.
Guess what … so do the guys.
Women don’t do woodworking.
Guess again! And, oh by the way, a woman just got hired to be
Senior Editor at Popular Wood Working.
Anyway, no doubt there are more reasons but hopefully all of the above gets you thinking.
BTW, wanna win some prizes?? Check this out: Get Woodworking Week has helpers!