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SoCalWoodGal

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01-07-2020 05:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: female woodworking beginners woodworking

Not sure if this is allowed on the forums or not (my sincerest of apologies if not, not intended).

This is not likely needed for most of you skilled and older woodworkers who have been at it for decades.
But for those who are just dipping their toe into the world of woodworking, and who might feel more comfortable learning from a female- (no offense guys, but I never would’ve gotten into woodworking if it depended on listening to an older man talking down to me) -I’ve just recently started teaching a class on skillshare- beginners woodworking.

Skillshare is an online learning platform, like Lynda.com, but more geared towards creative fields. I will be taking some classes this year I’m pretty excited about- Spanish, Interior Design, Leatherwork etc.

Anywho, if you are looking for a bit of gentle guidance, here’s 2 free months and a link to my class on skillshare:

https://skl.sh/34FSP5A

The next class coming up is building a simple table. I’m pretty excited about this one.

If you’d like to check out my other work, take a look at my lumberjocks profile. I’m always building something.

If you’d like to watch a funny promo for the class, check that out here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoYCxVgII&t=2s

Let’s keep flinging some sawdust!!

-- SoCalWoodGal http://brittanyjoyner.com/Woodworking.html; https://skl.sh/34FSP5A


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pottz

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#1 posted 01-07-2020 06:49 PM

this is great that you are helping get more woman interested in woodworking,because as you say i think many are intimidated taking a class from a man or in a class full of only men.i wish my wife was interested except for the problem,she doesn’t like dust or noise-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Madmark2

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#2 posted 01-07-2020 07:02 PM

Be sure to teach the woodworkers hand shake. Hold hands up wiggling fingers and say ”I’m a woodworker and I have all ten!”

Also cutters are gender neutral. They’ll cut you no matter what. :(

Good luck and keep up the good work. With power tools being the norm upper body strength isn’t the requirement it was in the past. Good eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity makes women (in general) better than men for detail/precision workmanship.

M

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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MSquared

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#3 posted 01-07-2020 07:24 PM

Let’s not forget multi-tasking. Of course, women possess this talent … men, not so much. Hence, the hypothesis is, women will get more accomplished during their time in the shop! :) Dare I say the shop will likely be a bit cleaner? :))

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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ArtMann

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#4 posted 01-07-2020 08:57 PM

I am profoundly offended that you would assume that I , as an old man, would talk down to you, should you ask me for advice or guidance.

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SoCalWoodGal

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#5 posted 01-07-2020 09:08 PM



I am profoundly offended that you would assume that I , as an old man, would talk down to you, should you ask me for advice or guidance.

- ArtMann


I can guarantee you I am far more offended by actual circumstances of men talking down to me and questioning why I would need to buy a tool, than you are by a vague reference not targeted at you specifically.
But I digress. This is not the point of this post.
Ahem. Moving on.
Let’s talk about wood and projects and empowering people to build when they thought they couldn’t!

-- SoCalWoodGal http://brittanyjoyner.com/Woodworking.html; https://skl.sh/34FSP5A

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SoCalWoodGal

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#6 posted 01-07-2020 09:12 PM



Be sure to teach the woodworkers hand shake. Hold hands up wiggling fingers and say ”I m a woodworker and I have all ten!”

Also cutters are gender neutral. They ll cut you no matter what. :(

Good luck and keep up the good work. With power tools being the norm upper body strength isn t the requirement it was in the past. Good eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity makes women (in general) better than men for detail/precision workmanship.

M

- Madmark2


Fortunately all the digits are in place. Husband has a quick exit strategy in place, however, should that fateful day arrive that I run into the house screaming : )

Thanks for the encouragement. I’ve already got 35 students, so clearly there is an interest in something like this. I’m thrilled that others are getting the encouragement to learn.
I do love my power tools, but I have all the upper body strength in the world. I’ve got gorilla biceps. I’m referring mostly to the hair.
: ) : ) kidding : )

-- SoCalWoodGal http://brittanyjoyner.com/Woodworking.html; https://skl.sh/34FSP5A

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SoCalWoodGal

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#7 posted 01-07-2020 09:13 PM



Let s not forget multi-tasking. Of course, women possess this talent … men, not so much. Hence, the hypothesis is, women will get more accomplished during their time in the shop! :) Dare I say the shop will likely be a bit cleaner? :))

- MSquared

I do keep my shop pretty clean. I have to, since we do car repairs and park both our cars in there. It’s kind of good to be limited that way so I don’t get too slobby.

-- SoCalWoodGal http://brittanyjoyner.com/Woodworking.html; https://skl.sh/34FSP5A

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SoCalWoodGal

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#8 posted 01-07-2020 09:14 PM



this is great that you are helping get more woman interested in woodworking,because as you say i think many are intimidated taking a class from a man or in a class full of only men.i wish my wife was interested except for the problem,she doesn t like dust or noise-lol.

- pottz


She might look past it once she saw the amazing things she could build. Send her over to Ana-White.com and start her to drooling over furniture builds!

-- SoCalWoodGal http://brittanyjoyner.com/Woodworking.html; https://skl.sh/34FSP5A

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#9 posted 01-07-2020 09:30 PM

No offense but if Ana White is your bait, you may be fishing in the wrong pond here :-/

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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ArtMann

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#10 posted 01-07-2020 09:48 PM

I guess it takes an old white man who has been insulted countless times by young female political commentators on mass news media to see the humor in my previous post.

I am profoundly offended that you would assume that I , as an old man, would talk down to you, should you ask me for advice or guidance.

- ArtMann

I can guarantee you I am far more offended by actual circumstances of men talking down to me and questioning why I would need to buy a tool, than you are by a vague reference not targeted at you specifically.
But I digress. This is not the point of this post.
Ahem. Moving on.
Let s talk about wood and projects and empowering people to build when they thought they couldn t!

- SoCalWoodGal


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ArtMann

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#11 posted 01-07-2020 10:04 PM

If you want to talk about female youtube woodworking personalities, I much prefer April Wilkerson. It has been very interesting to watch her ability develop over the years. She has some genuine original ideas. There have also been a few young attractive female Youtube woodworkers who, based on their dress and behavior, are really trying to demonstrate something besides woodworking. Some men, however, still drool when watching them. I take it you are not one of those.

this is great that you are helping get more woman interested in woodworking,because as you say i think many are intimidated taking a class from a man or in a class full of only men.i wish my wife was interested except for the problem,she doesn t like dust or noise-lol.

- pottz

She might look past it once she saw the amazing things she could build. Send her over to Ana-White.com and start her to drooling over furniture builds!

- SoCalWoodGal


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therealSteveN

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#12 posted 01-07-2020 10:59 PM

You go girl.

Wishing you the best of the best. So far my Wife has taught me baskets, and sewing, and I’ve done my best to pass along woodworking, but we’re kinda different, so for us it works. I know one thing, my best hours in the shop, are when she’s in there too.

I’ve been in classes with many males, and also quite a few females as teachers/instructors/presenters, and I still think the best teacher I’ve ever had present to me was Mary May, and I’d like to think I’ve sat in front of some of the best. So what you are doing is ground already covered by some, and what you give to it will be part of a great movement back to Americans using their hands, and their heads to make what they need.

You go girl.

-- Think safe, be safe

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#13 posted 01-07-2020 11:03 PM

Ive watched some of Mary May´s youtubes. She´s great! Imbedded a few of her tips on chiseling and grain patterns, for example. Dont think I will attempt what she does though.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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sansoo22

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#14 posted 01-07-2020 11:15 PM

Good for you! Two of my three favorite instructors of all time were women. One of them was a firearms instructor which was weird at first but I actually listened way more intently just because she presented the material differently. More calm cool and assertive than authoritative which made a big difference.

I wish you the best of luck!

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#15 posted 01-07-2020 11:18 PM



If you want to talk about female youtube woodworking personalities, I much prefer April Wilkerson. It has been very interesting to watch her ability develop over the years. She has some genuine original ideas. There have also been a few young attractive female Youtube woodworkers who, based on their dress and behavior, are really trying to demonstrate something besides woodworking. Some men, however, still drool when watching them. I take it you are not one of those.

this is great that you are helping get more woman interested in woodworking,because as you say i think many are intimidated taking a class from a man or in a class full of only men.i wish my wife was interested except for the problem,she doesn t like dust or noise-lol.

- pottz

She might look past it once she saw the amazing things she could build. Send her over to Ana-White.com and start her to drooling over furniture builds!

- SoCalWoodGal

- ArtMann


yeah april is good not just wood but metal fabrication also.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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