Woodworking for Women
with Martha Collins

Woodworking for Women Level: Level I


"Working with Hand Tools and Small Power Tools"

Our Woodworking for Women program is run by Martha Collins. Martha runs a successful business making wonderful turned jewellry and tableware; in a prior life she ran a furniture shop.

Martha's classes provide a supportive well equipped environment to gain a basic introduction to woodworking. 

Class Description

Martha aims to give you a good basic knowledge of woodworking by focusing on techniques.  

This class starts by teaching you joinery with hand tools. You learn to use chisels, handplanes and Japanese hand saws to create lap joints and mortice and tenon joints.  We will discuss measuring techniques and general sound design concepts. 

As the week progresses Martha adds working with hand power tools into the mix. This is your chance to use a handheld router, mitre saw, drill press, and a bandsaw.  You can explore techniques and approaches for projects that you want to work on at home.

The course content is open ended and you can discuss with Martha what you'd like to learn. Students can chose to work on a project in class--usually either a shoe shelf or a foot stool--but individual projects will also be considered.  

The course includes a trip to Edensaw (our local lumberyard) to demystify the process of buying good wood.

The school's workbenches are fully equipped with hand tools and there is an extensive collection of teaching tools. You do not need to bring any tools along. However if you do have some tools feel free to bring them along. Check with Martha if you have questions


  • You do not need to bring any tools for this class


Enthusiasm and a passion to learn woodworking. And smiles!

Class Information and Registration

Class starts at 9:00am on the first day.

Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.

Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $675
Materials Charge: $35




2014 Classes:

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.

May 5 - 9, 2014 Woodworking for Women Cancelled
July 7 - 11, 2014 Woodworking for Women Register

If you'd like to ask questions - please feel free to contact  us - (360) 344-4455 or by email.

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