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Women's Carpentry Basics

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

"Carpentry's not my thing!"


I've declared this often, usually after attempting a build that crumbled/split/went wonky (my first attempt that I remember was a 2x4 boat in Jacksonville--before I was 8!).


Yet the desire make something useful with my own hands remains.


Last year, to fulfill that desire, I registered for Wild Abundance's Basic Carpentry for Women.


The first day alone was amazing! If you've had carpentry experience, you would have wondered at our ignorance.


For us, the sessions were enlightening:


  1. How to measure using crow's feet (the V) and putting the pencil in place and THEN setting the ruler!

  2. How to use a speed square (this will make my leather working so much better)

  3. What torque is on a drill and why you would change it

  4. Countersinking (I knew what that is, but now I KNOW what it is)

  5. Using the miter, circular, and table saw

I appreciated the women's only aspect. I love men (I do!), but collectively, we all sort of hung back--uncertainty, a lifetime of feeling inadequate in this area, a sense of self-preservation.


Yet, we HAD to step forward and try the saws and the tools and the math. So we did, and we did awesome!


Major lessons learned: I'm definitely buying an impact driver, and carpentry + geometry is a MUST in schools.


By the end of the week, I had created my own shoe shelf, learned how to order from a lumber mill, and felt far more empowered to live life.






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Love this!!! So glad you went.

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Amy Bright
Amy Bright
23 ott 2021
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Thank you! I've already made a flower box with my son.

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Jean Puhlman
Jean Puhlman
15 ott 2021

You are brave and I bet this is going to help you for the rest of your life! How exciting!

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Amy Bright
Amy Bright
15 ott 2021
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I am loving it! Everything is built! It's so weird not to understand how it happens.

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That is SO freaking cool. Glad you decided to take the leap and join this class. However I wonder why it's called "for women"? I really hope that you will share some of your work with us here on your space :)

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Amy Bright
Amy Bright
15 ott 2021
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The class is for women only--they have other classes that aren't, but I feel more comfortable/less pressured in this sort of setting. So far it has been amazing!


It assumes we know nothing (and I mostly know nothing about it), so I don't feel silly or behind. Yet the teachers aren't condescending at all, and I feel I've learned years of material in two days!


I definitely know the leather working has helped me conceptualize some of the math/visual parts, and I can see how what I've learned will help with the leather working.


I'll put my work out once I've made something!


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