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Introduction to Woodworking for Women

Understanding wood and woodworking techniques with an emphasis on hand tool usage.

July 14 – July 20
Brooklin, Maine
Becca Levi
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This is a five-day course ending Friday

Over the years we’ve seen individuals arrive on our campus to participate in a boatbuilding class who have little or no woodworking experience. They often feel intimidated when picking up a tool to use for the first time, especially in a setting where there are accomplished woodworkers working alongside. We know for a fact that individuals who do possess previous hand tool experience have the potential to gain so much more from our boatbuilding classes. This introductory course offers a place for folks of all skill levels to learn from a seasoned craftswoman like Becca, who has many years of experience woodworking.

Each day, Becca will cover numerous lessons in tool selection and capabilities; hand tool usage and maintenance; tool sharpening; proper layout procedures; shop safety; power tools; and lots of woodworking techniques that will serve you well in future endeavors. Everyone will also learn a lot about wood itself, how it works, and what to look for in selecting a species for a particular purpose. Glues, epoxy, and fastenings will be covered as well. The focus of the entire week will be introducing students to the tools and techniques common to all types of woodworking and joinery, in addition to a look at boat-related projects. Each student will undertake the design and construction of their own tote/stool during this week.

Whether you have had some type of formal woodworking experience or have never had the opportunity to try your hand with woodworking tools, you will gain much from this course with Becca Levi. This week will prove to be an excellent preparation for a basic boatbuilding course or for your own home projects. It’s also a great opportunity to work alongside a very talented craftswomen who has plenty to share.

  • Who is this course best suited for?

    This course is appropriate for someone with little or no experience.  The course is designed around the idea that you have not done this before or know very little about the subject.  Students should pay more attention to suggested readings or videos to help familiarize themselves ahead of time.

    This course involves a low level of activity throughout the week including: occasional standing and working, seating is usually available, working on your own project at your own pace is common.

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