Interview with 4 Woodworking Women

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Men dominated the woodworking industry for a long time. In the past few decades, more and more women are deciding to take this road—some as a hobby, while others are becoming professional female woodworkers. One of the reasons lies in the increasing popularity of DIY and maker culture. More and more people are rediscovering the joy of creating things from scratch, and wood is a great material that can be used for many things with simple tools and power tools.

Just like many other industries, the woodworking industry today is using modern technologies that help make the construction easier and accessible to more people so they could start with beginner woodworking projects.

We spoke to several female woodworkers who shared their experiences, why they started doing this, what projects they like, the challenges they are facing in their woodworking journey, and much more. Let’s meet them.

The Interviews – What Can We Learn From These Women?

Patt Gregory – Woodwork For Women

Patt Gregory

Patt Gregory is the founder of Woodwork for Women (1995) and the author of a great woodworking book of the same name—her passion and work that reflect her years of learning about the art of wood working. She imparts all the knowledge she attained from being a female joinery student through her wood classes right from her home studio. All these endeavors lead to her ultimate goal: to create a non-competitive and fun learning environment for current and future female woodworkers. It’s indeed an inspiring mission for all who want to become woodworkers and those who want to be the designer of their own projects or art.

Q: Did you always know that woodworking was what you wanted to do? What made you start?

I was brought up on a dairy farm in West Gippsland, Victoria with two older brothers. They looked to me like they had all the fun. They had rifles and daisy air guns, knives and slingshots and went rabbiting at night on a ute overflowing with excited lads and a big spotlight. I wore pretty dresses and kept quiet. At 18, I wore overalls and helped my boyfriends pull engines and gearboxes out of cars and fix them. It didn’t cross my mind that I could have got an apprenticeship as a Mechanic. So of course planning to consider woodworking as a lifetime hobby wouldn’t be even on the radar.

I had been looking for work that was a bit more exciting than the Secretarial work I had done for years. So when I saw an ad to train as a Private Detective in Bristol, UK while I was living there, I jumped at it. It didn’t live up to my expectations at all but while I was into it a year or more, I noticed a little one-line ad in the Bristol Evening Post that said ‘woodwork for women’ evening classes and something resonated within me.

It was held in one of the women’s little cottages, upstairs in the lounge room that had carpet on the floor and a TV in the corner. I loved that the setting was so different from my preconceived ideas of what a woodworking environment would look like. And to this day, I practice that incongruity by having things like a chandelier in my workshop to show that working with wood can be feminine and sexy! During the evening course, I sort of had an aha moment where I felt a huge desire to become a Carpenter/Joiner.

woodworking joints

Later, I trained alongside 26 lads on an intensive government initiative and gained the knowledge equivalent to a 4-year apprenticeship. I built a staircase, a cabinet, a dovetailed toolbox, a full-sized 6 glass-paneled door and a wall with an opening where I hung the door, made a window, did roofing, stud partition and so much more. I loved every bit of it, but I struggled. I didn’t get it as the boys seemed to.

I needed more information but didn’t know the right questions to ask. Nevertheless, I never missed a day. I got on well with the lads, and we always laughed. They were all younger than me and were a bit impressed that a girl would want to work with her hands. I made good friends. My boss taught me like everyone else—with the sink or swim method. I mostly sank. Or thought I did. My work was quite acceptable, but I received no feedback. Nor did anyone else.

Q: How long have you been working as a woodworker?

My first job a building site was alarming because my boss as it turned out, had very poor safety practices and made many building shortcuts – the opposite of how I had been taught. I was a curiosity on the site, and not taken seriously. I quit.

I applied for a job teaching wood work to young lads just out of school on a govt-funded youth scheme and was secretly enjoying the fact that my name Pat Gregory could easily pass for a male name. It did. And sure enough, I got an interview. And I got the job.

I became a wood work teacher in 1985 and taught until 1987 and then became a parent. I created a shop business (selling upmarket recycled kids stuff) that I could take my baby to until she was old enough to go to school. I then created my current business in 1995 and have been teaching from my home/studio workshop for the past 24 years.

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Q: Are you perceived differently from your male colleagues because you’re a woman?

In recent years, I have had a lot more to do with tradeswomen, most who get on well with men on site. There is always the exception in any field, and the stories are not pretty. Of the women who come to learn at my workshop, most for the very first time of admitting that they prefer a woman teacher as they fear that men will think they are not capable and start telling them what to do or criticize and take over.

Q: Why do you think there aren’t more women in woodworking?

If more women taught women, I believe there would be many more in the trade. Now there are women’s sheds and brigades of women teaching girls in schools and other communities about wood work and the ball are slowly rolling that way.

Q: What’s the most interesting reaction you got from someone for being a female woodworker?

I get reactions all the time, because I’m petite, feminine, in a 65-year-old body that doesn’t fit with most people’s perception of a woodworker carpenter/joiner! It’s mostly facial expressions rather than what people say. They say, “Really?” and proceed to ask me what I do exactly.

Painting Furniture with Latex Paint

This question was asked online by a male recently:

Why “Woodwork for Women”?

I can only speak for myself. When I was learning wood work in my training as a Carpenter/Joiner I found that I needed all the tiny bits of information filled in, but there was a lot of assumed knowledge, and that I found, made me feel incompetent and not very smart. Like how to hold a Tenon saw correctly, with the right body stance.

Some just fall into a natural position which helps a good result of a straight cut. Not me, I’m afraid! It wasn’t natural and I struggled. So, I broke down the components into little bits and found it made a huge difference.

This is now how I teach both women and men who come to my classes. (There are heaps of men who haven’t got this natural ability also and they welcome the information I give.)

And I call it “Woodwork for Women”, even though I also teach men and have done so for over twenty years because it encourages women to have a go. They know they won’t be expected to know stuff like how to hold a drill or drive a screw, and that I start at the very beginning.

But it’s not dumbed down. Not at all. That would be demeaning. No, it’s about the empowerment of knowing. The relevant knowledge. My self-published book is all about that. Chunking down the information so it flows naturally for complete beginners. Thank you for your question. I’m really glad you asked as I know it’s in the back of some people’s minds.

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Q: What do you wish you had known before you became a woodworker? Do you have advice for women considering this profession?

I wish I’d known that it’s perfectly fine to ask questions and to insist on more information to aid learning without the fear of disdain or impatience. I wish that it had been acceptable that trade apprenticeships were available to girls, too.

My advice would be to learn and pursue this wonderful craft as there is a huge array of avenues including cabinet making, furniture making, carving using top-grade wood carving tools, woodturning and lathe work, carpentry and building, and teaching.

It’s very rewarding but being in business can be hard work with small returns financially. For me, the joy of watching a student go from no skills, no confidence to huge confidence and ready to start making DIY projects in just three days, is the biggest reward for me.

We agree that the process of learning might be scary at first, especially for newbie women woodworkers. But over time, you’ll learn how to safely use power tools and work on various wood projects. Whether it’s decor for the house or furniture like an end table or coffee table, you’re capable of being the designer and maker of your own DIY projects.

Jennifer Gripe – 7 Mile Designs

Jennifer Gripe

Jennifer is a part-time woodworker and the owner of 7 Mile Designs. It’s a DIY project, home improvement, wood-crafting business, and a DIY blog. She does it all from her garage in North Central Oklahoma. She learned the basics from online tutorials, and she continued building more and more projects from there. You could do your own DIY projects, too, with the proper power tools⁠—a reliable and quality scroll saw can make all the difference. But let’s hear Jennifer’s woodworking journey first.

Q: Did you always know that woodworking was what you wanted to do? What made you start?

Woodworking was never on my radar. Of course, neither was my chosen profession, but I wouldn’t have either any other way. How I got into woodworking is a bit of a long answer so brace yourself.

Growing up, my dad could do any project any of us dreamed up for him like it was no big deal. As I got older and bought a home of my own, I had an ever-increasing laundry list of home improvements and projects I wanted. Most of the time, I could sweet talk my dad or con a friend into doing the project for me. It finally got to a point that I was tired of having to rely on someone else and their timeline to get stuff done. I also wanted to know to do it myself in the future. I knew I could do it, or at least attempt it, if I had a way to learn.

I had always been handy and crafty, but my skills were limited to pretty much a drill and some scissors. My first project on my own was tiling my kitchen backsplash. I know, I know, what does tiling have to do with woodworking? I’m getting there. I read blogs, watched videos, and got a little in-person guidance from a friend and got it done. And done well, even for a first-time tile job. This was the first instance I had ever used a saw. It gave me more confidence than I realized.

A short time later, I began seeing gorgeous reclaimed dining tables but they were priced way too high for my budget. I also didn’t need a new dining table but once an idea enters my mind, it doesn’t go away. I found some of the same reclaimed lumber for sale and decided, “I can tile a wall, therefore I can make a table!” I found some plans for tables online from Shanty 2 Chic and used them to create my base. Then I used the gorgeous reclaimed wood for building a top. While working on this table, I found a new love and the beginnings of 7MD were born.

hands on wooden table

Q: How long have you been working as a woodworker?

I have been woodworking for almost two years. While I have so to much learn and many skills to improve, I’ve come a long way in a short time. I’m heavily active in the online woodworking community (kickstarted by joining Instagram) and have learned more from my newfound friends than I ever would have on my own.

While I can’t take woodworking full time until I’m eligible for retirement (benefits y’all), I hope to continue to grow my skills and business as a side gig so that it’s all ready for me to hit the ground running once I do retire.

Q: Are you perceived differently from your male colleagues because you’re a woman?

While there are some out there with their comments and assumptions, I don’t feel like I’m treated that differently. My career is in a male-dominated profession. Many of the female woodworkers I know are in the same situation. My thoughts and experiences have always been if you want to be treated the same, act the same. That’s not to say you must conform to a man’s ideal, rather just be you.

Don’t treat women in a traditionally male profession as an oddity. Simply treat it as what it is—normal. It drives me up the wall to distinguish gender about a profession. For a majority of the time, it makes no difference if a person is a man or woman doing a specific job. There is no need to go out and proclaim you are a woman doing a man’s job.

Simply proclaim you are doing a job and doing it well. People will treat you accordingly. Sure, I’ve gotten the offhanded comments like, “What Pinterest project are you working on today?” or “You girls do a pretty good job, but get more attention because you’re girls.” I’ve also received a handful of inappropriately sexual messages from guys simply because of my appearance but I just deem it not worth my time and ignore it or send back a snarky comment. My favorite comments (favorite = most annoying) are when I’m out shopping with my boyfriend.

table saw

It’s clearly obvious I’m the one picking out the tools and lumber, I’m usually the one carrying the items or pushing the cart, and I’m the one paying for them but they still ask what honey do I have on his list or say it’d sure be nice if they could get their wife to pay for their goodies. Feel free to correct these people. I do. As I learned in my first job as a grocery store clerk, don’t comment about what people buy.

Q: Why do you think there aren’t more women in woodworking?

If you get out and look, you’ll find a ton of women in woodworking. I could go on and on about the women whose work I follow and greatly admire. They just don’t always toot their own horn, so to speak. They’re plugging away on their projects and builds and letting the work speak for itself.

I think that part of the reason women aren’t more prevalent in the business maybe because of intimidation. They may not believe they can do it. Tools are also big intimidators. Not only in their operation but when selecting which tools you need and the cost associated with them.

In all reality, you just need to start small. I borrowed many of the tools I started with and still use some of the borrowed tools. The very first power tool I bought on my own was a $30 Black and Decker jigsaw. I can’t even tell you now what project it was for, but I remember buying it. For a beginner woodworker, I’d recommend a circular saw (we have our top recommendations of mini circular saws), a sander, a drill, and a speed square. You can accomplish so much with so little.

Q: What’s the most interesting reaction you got from someone for being a female woodworker?

Most of the time when someone finds out that I dabble in woodworking, I get an, “Oh, that’s cool” or something similar. People are receptive to the notion. Sometimes it’s seen a bit as a novelty and people are excited to point it out when introducing me to others. Now, I’m sure people have their ideas of what “woodworking” means but nothing good comes from assuming.

I simply show them pictures of my work and let those pictures tell the story. Like I said before, I’ve gotten some offhanded comments but I don’t have what I’d consider an interesting reaction story. In the words of my dear friend Lo, it’s not like they say “Prove it! Woodworking challenge, right here, right now!”

lady spray painting a white table

Q: What do you wish you had known before you became a woodworker? Do you have advice for women considering this profession?

What do I wish I had known before becoming a woodworker? How to do things right the first time! Ha! No, the learning experience, while aggravating, is part of the process.

I wish I had known that everything I own was going to be covered in sawdust and my garage was going to be taken over by tools, lumber, and other supplies. I don’t regret taking this path. (Although looming deadlines and no free time sometimes make me question that.)

My biggest advice for other women considering this is to just do it. Start with smaller projects to get your feet wet like using these 2×4 bench plans, or I suppose you could do like I did and start big right out of the gate. (You can do furniture with plywood!)

Get involved in the woodworking community somehow. The easiest way is to sign up for an Instagram account and start searching for the woodworking related hashtags. You’ll find support, knowledge, and genuine friendships. Don’t compare yourself to someone else. Just do you and progress at your own pace.

If you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask. There was a time none of us knew what these terms meant and techniques were. And finally, remember that most people only share their successes. They don’t share the struggles and mistakes but I assure you, they are there.

You, too, can start a workshop with a great layout in your garage just like Jennifer. With a few power tools and some ideas for projects, you’d be creating furniture and tables in no time.

danielle thomas

Danielle is a wife and mother of 2 boys who always keep her on her toes (as she describes it). Besides having a love for woodworking, she is also a health coach, which has helped her being home full-time to be with her kids and work on her woodworking business. Let’s learn more about her woodworking journey.

Q: Did you always know that woodworking was what you wanted to do? What made you start?

No, I never truly knew what I wanted to do until I came across a Pinterest board of woodworking with pallets. I took one look at the picture, loved the final piece, and said to myself how I could make that!

Now at that time, I had never picked up a saw or any other piece of equipment before. I told my husband and my Dad that I wanted to try and build reclaimed furniture and that Christmas I got all the power tools I needed to start my new adventure.

I remember going out in my garage, in winter, and building my first coffee table. I had no plans, just an image in my mind, and it turned out great! That was about 8 years ago, and to this day, it remains a passion of mine.

Q: How long have you been working as a woodworker?

Eight years now. Everything I’ve learned over the years has been trial and error. I have taught myself so much and continue to learn as the years go on.

yellow cabinet

Q: Are you perceived differently from your male colleagues because you’re a woman?

Yes, but not in a negative way. Many men are very impressed with what I do because I don’t just do woodworking, I do everything that a “Mr. Fix It” would do. For instance, I just fixed our Central Air system, by diagnosing the problem and replacing the capacitor.

Finding my passion for woodworking has opened up a passion for fixing, updating, and repurposing. Every man I come in contact with is very impressed with the fact that a woman can do what I do. I don’t take that as an insult because I believe that any woman can do these things, it’s just a matter of trying.

Q: Why do you think there aren’t more women in woodworking?

I feel like woodworking is intimidating for many women because of the tools involved, which is understandable. I mean, I’ve watched my older brother be intimidated by my table saw, a piece of equipment that I use regularly. It’s a matter of getting the nerve to try and becoming comfortable with the tools.

(Prices can be intimidating too, but they don’t have to be. Great table saws under $1000 should prove our point.)

wood crafts

Q: What’s the most interesting reaction you got from someone for being a female woodworker?

It’s all the same. Many people are just impressed, which is understandable because woodworking has never been looked at as being a woman’s trade. I’m here to say that a woman can do anything that a man can do and I’m the proof.

Q: What do you wish you had known before you became a woodworker? Do you have advice for women considering this profession?

I wish I would have found it sooner actually, but I believe everything comes into your life when God intends for it.

My advice for other women would be to just try it! Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Ask for help in operating the tools or heck, watch some YouTube videos! You never know what you are capable of until you try and you may find that you love it and are extremely good at it!

Peggy Farrington – PF Woodturning

Peggy Farrington

Peggy Farrington is a full-time professional public health worker with a knack for woodworking. She began exploring the industry in an attempt to do a new creative hobby, which she ended up loving. While she has been in her woodworking journey for just under half a year, her passion for it pushes her to continue making projects and learning about the craft. 

Her website gallery is filled with inspired pieces, and the bowls and vases she make are simply works of art. While she pours her creativity to woodturning projects, she does spend some time on a few furniture projects like coffee tables and side tables.

Q: Did you always know that woodworking was what you wanted to do? What made you start?

No. I have a day job in healthcare management. What made me start was the need to have a creative outlet, to do something with my hands, to create. I started because I needed to balance work and life stress.

Q: How long have you been working as a woodworker?

Five months.

Q: Are you perceived differently from your male colleagues because you’re a woman?

I don’t know for sure, but I assume so. When I go into hardware stores, sometimes I get asked if “my husband” needs one of these as well as what I’m buying. People assume I buying something for a male partner.

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Q: Why do you think there aren’t more women in woodworking?

I think just because of stereotypical attitudes that most people have, even without realizing it.

Q: What’s the most interesting reaction you got from someone for being a Woman woodworker?

Being in a hardware store and asking the clerk for help in locating a specific item—which I had written down on a piece of paper. He took the piece of paper, read it, and said, “are you sure your husband wanted this one?”

Q: What do you wish you had known before you became a woodworker? Do you have advice for women considering this profession?

I wish I had been exposed to more woodworking as a child or younger person. Advice for women entering this profession—well I don’t feel qualified to advise since I am so new to this. But if I had to give any advice it would be to not let stereotypes stop you from doing something you enjoy.

Woodworking is indeed an industry for everyone—it is a craft for women as much it is for men. Patt Gregory, Jennifer Gripe, Danielle Thomas, and Peggy Farrington are just some of the few that broke the stereotypes and have proven that women can handle chainsaws and other woodworking tools and flourish in this field, too. Their decision to pursue a rare path for women to take serves as a trailblazer for other women to follow, especially with the development and advancement of the woodworking and DIY culture.

wooden chopping boards

Hopefully, we’ll see more women taking on woodworking and other industries (like Stopcocks in plumbing), as a hobby or a full-time career, as these women encourage a better environment where women can confidently thrive in. We can start by encouraging our kids to not hesitate in wanting to learn these things and by not forcing them to stick to the “traditional” ways of seeing things. If your girls show interest in woodworking, buy them some children’s wood building kits. Soon enough, we’ll see more and more women taking on this fun and amazing craft.

Other Female Woodworkers You Should Know

It was definitely an honor to get to know the female woodworkers we’ve interviewed. Their stories are an inspiration to all women who want to be in the industry, whether to be an artist, designer, carpenter, or maker. They’re proof that women can be successful woodworkers, and that anyone can work with power tools and be inspired to create projects they want.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of other prominent female woodworkers in the industry.

Ana White

Ana White is a homemaker, DIY blogger, and DIY designer from Alaska. Her website, Ana White DIY, is a great resource, especially for beginner woodworkers. Her website contains detailed plans and step-by-step instructions for many different DIY projects and home renovation projects, including end tables, coffee tables, shelves, and small decorative items for the home. Ana’s innovative designs became the biggest inspiration for many novice DIYers out there, and many consider her furniture as works of art.

Alma Rosa Villalobos

Alma is a DIYer, mom, and entrepreneur who started “Pink Soul Studios” in Chicago. A little fun fact, Alma’s full name, “Alma Rosa”, translates to “Pink Soul” in Spanish, hence the name of her business.  Though Alma’s work in Pink Soul Studios encompasses a range of projects, one of her most popular ones includes the custom push sticks she makes on her Iconic CNC. She’s definitely one of the female woodworkers you should know.

Sadie Mae John

Sadie Mae John is the owner and founder of The Awesome Orange. She specializes in building fine furniture, custom pieces, and home decor. She also shares plans for DIY projects in her website. Her motto is “Build loud, build wild,” which is an encouraging mantra for female woodworkers and beginner woodworkers to start making DIY projects even without knowing all the rules or having all the tools. Sadie Mae John focuses on building fine furniture, including drawer boxes, modern chairs, and bookcases.

Anika Gandhi

Anika Gandhi is a DIY creator, artist, and photographer who founded Anika’s DIY Life. She shares videos and educational tutorials to help newbie woodworkers get some ideas on what projects to build. Some of our favorite DIY projects from Anika Gandhi include her DIY outdoor coffee table and the end table with a hidden charging station.

Ashley Nielsen

Ashley Nielsen started as a hobbyist, but now she’s a full-time custom furniture builder and one of the prominent female woodworkers in the industry. Ashley Nielsen shares her projects, custom pieces, and furniture flips on her Instagram account @buildlikeachick, which now has more than 26,000 followers.

Claire Baldwin

Claire Baldwin is the founder of Polish & Power Tools, a Nashville-based shop. Claire specializes in building fine furniture and home decor. Claire’s passion started when she made a DIY coffee table for her apartment, and everything else followed after that. She also believes that woodworking is not just about physical strength but rather having the drive to create.

Ashley Basnight

Ashley Basnight is the designer behind Handmade Haven, a DIY blog where she shares furniture projects, resources for beginners, tools reviews, and her design services as well. According to her website, part of Ashley’s mission is to “show the world, specifically women, that you can do whatever you set your mind to, and you can look good doing it!” She’s definitely an inspiration to female woodworkers as she encourages creativity and building the projects you want.

Brittany Bailey

Britanny is a photographer, web designer, graphic designer, licensed general contractor, and artist. Her website, Pretty Handy Girl, contains educational tutorials that help newbie DIY enthusiasts and woodworkers learn crafting home decor, building home renovation projects, and even doing their own repairs. From making drawer boxes and coffee table designs to installing switches, building container gardens, and doing plumbing, Brittany Bailey covers them all.

April Wilkerson

April Wilkerson never knew how to use a power tool before, but now she’s an inspiration to many woodworkers out there as a DIY enthusiast, designer, and maker. She has her own website and she posts videos on her Youtube channel. April Wilkerson works on a lot of DIY projects, including storage, cabinetry, home decor, custom pieces, and home renovation projects. She also has videos and tutorials that teach people how to do their own repairs. We’re also inspired by the sleek designs on some of her projects, like her live edge coffee table and her waterfall coffee table build.

Molly (Woodbrew)

Molly is one half of the Woodbrew duo. Along with her husband, Dylan, they create videos with step-by-step instructions on how to create different DIY projects and custom pieces such as storage cabinetry, home decor items, bed frames with sleek designs, sheds, and home renovation projects. They share these videos on their Youtube channel which currently has over 150,000 subscribers. Their DIY tutorials on building fine furniture and home decor have become the biggest inspiration for many beginners and aspiring woodworkers in their audience.

Jen Woodhouse

From creating small decorative items to building fine furniture, Jen’s projects and designs are considered works of art. Jen Woodhouse definitely one of the most popular DIY bloggers out there, with her work has been featured on media outlets like House Beautiful and Elle Decor. She has also partnered with brands like Home Depot and Simpson Strong-Tie. A self-taught carpenter and designer, Jen Woodhouse documents her woodworking journey on her DIY blog, The House of Wood. She is also a songwriter, mother, and an army wife. She continues inspiring woodworkers by creating videos and tutorials on her Youtube channel. From building big construction projects to creating small decorative items, Jen does it all.

Challenges for Women in Woodworking

Indeed, there are many female woodworkers in the industry today. They can be DIY bloggers who are building fine furniture, general contractors working on home renovation projects, or even novice DIYers learning how to craft small decorative items or even doing their own repairs at home. Some may create art, build their own website, or create videos and tutorials to help others get inspired. Everyone can be on a different woodworking journey.

But while more and more female woodworkers are stepping into the limelight, many are still discouraged to pursue a career in areas like woodworking, construction, furniture making, and the like. There are several reasons for this. One is that since it’s not very common to see women in a wood shop, some may feel intimidated. Also, the process of building furniture and other DIY projects requires working with wood, metal, and other materials. This can mean using heavy equipment and knowing how to use a power tool, so it can appear difficult and dangerous.

We believe that providing support is key to encouraging more women to become female woodworkers. Building DIY projects like end tables, coffee tables, or shelving can seem scary at first. It’s important that students not only know the basics from beginner tutorials but that they are also trained in the process of construction and safe equipment operation. Furthermore, inspiring them to make projects that they want will stimulate creativity, and they can then enjoy the process of building furniture or just a work of art for themselves.

Teachers can play a huge role in encouraging beginner woodworkers to step forward, especially since interest in wood shop and other DIY skills starts in school. If we have a good support system in schools to encourage girls to pursue the art of wood working, more young women will be inspired to be a designer, carpenter, or a general contractor. But aside from that, one way of encouraging more women to learn this craft is to make them realize the benefits of woodworking to their mental health

Final Words

All women woodworkers in the industry are an inspiration to every woman who wants to become a woodworker, artist, carpenter, designer, general contractor, or anyone who wants to build a career in construction. We hope you were inspired to create your own projects. Remember that beginner woodworkers can learn the basics; you can start by watching other woodworkers in educational videos and online tutorials. You, too, can use a power tool, create art, and build projects that matter to you. You can start from small decorative items and move on to bigger home renovation projects. The process may be long, but it’s worth it.

Robert Johnson is a woodworker who takes joy in sharing his passion for creating to the rest of the world. His brainchild, Sawinery, allowed him to do so as well as connect with other craftsmen. He has since built an enviable workshop for himself and an equally impressive online accomplishment: an extensive resource site serving old timers and novices alike.
Robert Johnson
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