Women and Power Tools Video

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Blog entry by Gord Graff posted 11-15-2009 04:48 PM 3765 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

Here is a video I recently shot at the Lee Valley West Store in Toronto On. that features a pair of very talented woodworking instructors, Jennifer Hart and Betty Woo.

Jennifer and Betty are not only accomplished woodworking instructors; they are passionate and dedicated to their craft and to sharing it with other women.

Sit back and watch how the attendees at the seminar were encouraged and empowered through the careful guidance of both Jennifer and Betty.

By the way, it’ll take the player a minute to load…....................enjoy.

All the best

Gord Graff

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 07:52 PM

You need a haircut Gord !!!

Women in the trades is what all men need.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 11-15-2009 08:15 PM

Howdy Roman,

It doesn’t matter to me at all, who swings the hammer or who guides the chisel so long as the passion is there.

By the way, I don’t need a hair cut……………….it falls out on its own.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#3 posted 11-15-2009 08:23 PM

Nice video, I will make sure my wife watches it. She likes helping me with projects, bu is afraid of the power tools. All except “her” makita drill as she calls it. LOL

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#4 posted 11-15-2009 08:34 PM

Hi Dan,

My intention behind posting this video was to inspire other women to embrace the craft or to increase their current involvement in it. I hope it does just that.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#5 posted 11-15-2009 10:53 PM

Gord – thanks for posting. However, I think you missed a grand opportunity to do more than just show women in the wood shop. Maybe I’m missing the point, but there is no teaching in the video. I know it is just a short video from a 7-hour class, but a few pointers they were taught would have been a better use of the time instead of showing the ladies talking between themselves going over their papers. Even one well placed tip would have made the video better.

With that said, I applaud you for taking the time to do the video and show that women can indeed work wood.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#6 posted 11-16-2009 12:16 AM

Hi Betsy,

Thanks for your comments.

What you don’t know is that there is a women’s instructional video in the making.
You’ll get to see exactly what you’re talking about soon.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#7 posted 11-17-2009 10:57 PM

I think it’s great that women have been “allowed” to enter the man’s world of woodworking.
There is absolutely no reason women can’t be every bit as good as us men. Obviously Lj’s has proved that over and over. I’ve had a few women in some classes I’ve taught, and they make great pupils. This is yet another stereotype that is begining to break down.

The last year or so my wife has begun to do some projects on her own (well kind of on her own—we all have to start somewhere) I guess I should post them here. The down side is, she takes over my shop. LOL
Boy I hope she doesnt see this! (I love you dear)

Thanks for the video.


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#8 posted 12-17-2009 06:59 AM

I thought all wives had their own tools… Jen and I work alongside when we are doing rennos and she is great at all kinds of stuff. When we started our first renno she said she wanted to learn how to use the tools I said great we can figure out this renno stuff together and we’ve been doing it ever since. Maybe that is why we never argue about the projects, we each know the others strengths and weaknesses and that we are trying our best, and usually having a blast at the same time. Looking forward to the instructional videos Gord.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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