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    • 01 April 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 0
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    Make a cutting board while learning how to use power tools. We will cover using the electric planer, ripping on the table saw, cross cutting on the miter saw, curved cuts on the bandsaw, and finishing. This is a great chance to 

    get to know, or brush up on the most powerful tools in the shop. This class is a pre-requisite for shop access. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.

    THIS CLASS IS INTENDED FOR FOLKS IDENTIFYING AS PEOPLE OF COLOR, please do not register if you are a white-bodied person.

    If you want reparations pricing for this course (materials fee of $15) email us at womenswoodshop@gmail.com to sign up!

    • 02 April 2020
    • 11 June 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • 2237 E. 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
    • 0
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    Build a side table during this 6 session class. Learn mortise and tenon joinery while getting familiar with power tools (tablesaw, mitersaw, circular saw, drill press) and hand tools (japanese saw, chisels, mallets, scrapers, and block planes).

    Each table will be made from mahogany and be 14" x 20" wide and 18" high for the perfect side table.

    Each student will receive their own chisel and shop techs will presharpen chisels for students. YOU WILL HAVE HOMEWORK! Please be prepared to work on your table at home between classes. Homework time can range from 1-3 hours per week. You will be able to check out tools from the woodshop to take home if you do not have them (wood clamp, c-clamp, mallet, scraper).

    Materials fee is $60-$80 to be paid by cash or check to the instructor.

    Taught by Elizabeth “E.B.” Barnard

    This course is designed for beginners + (some experience in the shop at some point) and intermediate students (taken 1 class at the shop before)

    *please note this class has changed since we last offered it, so please read description carefully, walnut shown in image, expect a reddish wood for mahogany.


    • 03 April 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 2237 E. 38th St. Minneapolis, MN 55407 (on Dakota land)
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Build a cold frame for your garden and get an early start to the growing season as well as extend the growing season in the fall.
    In this class, you will build a 26 inch by 50 inch frame with hinged lid; complete, fully functional, and ready to use. The design can be assembled and disassembled with ease so you can move, transport, gift, store. This size can accommodate 4 full flats of seed starts with a little extra room for maneuvering.


    The class will move step by step through the process of measuring, cutting, and assembling the cold frame. We will use the chop saw, cordless drill and impact driver, demonstrate cuts on the table saw, and use the bandsaw to cut rabbet joints. Students will gain an understanding of dimensional lumber and hardware selection, bit selection, body positioning, and safety. A thermometer and handout on building and using a cold frame is included.
    Cost of materials is $25. Cash, check, Venmo accepted. Please wear close-toed shoes, avoid dangly clothing, pull hair back, bring your own tape measure, speed square, eye protection and hearing protection if you you have these items. If you don’t have your own, they will be provided for you. This class is suitable for beginners.
    Taught by Leah Van Tassel
    • 04 April 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 2237 E. 38th St. Minneapolis, MN 55407 (on Dakota land)
    • 4
    Registration is closed
    Build a cold frame for your garden and get an early start to the growing season as well as extend the growing season in the fall.
    In this class, you will build a 24 inch by 48 inch frame with hinged lid; complete, fully functional, and ready to use. The design can be assembled and disassembled with ease so you can move, transport, gift, store. This size can accommodate 4 full flats of seed starts with a little extra room for maneuvering.

    The class will move step by step through the process of measuring, cutting, and assembling the cold frame. We will use the chop saw, cordless drill and impact driver, demonstrate cuts on the table saw, and use the bandsaw to cut rabbet joints. Students will gain an understanding of dimensional lumber and hardware selection, bit selection, body positioning, and safety. A thermometer and handout on building and using a cold frame is included. Cost of materials is $35. Cash, check, Venmo accepted. Please wear close-toed shoes, avoid dangly clothing, pull hair back, bring your own tape measure, speed square, eye protection and hearing protection if you you have these items. If you don’t have your own, they will be provided for you.
    This class is suitable for beginners.
    Taught by Leah Van Tassel
    • 07 April 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 2237 E. 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
    • 7
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    This is a great intro class into weaving and working with birch bark.  Learn the basics of weaving and splitting birch bark, while making a couple of bangle style bracelets.  Birch Bark Beth will share the exciting harvest process and show how to prepare the materials to make unique north woods jewelry.  This easy project can be made with lots of non-birch materials as well.  If students desire to make more bracelets after class with birch bark, supplies will be available at cost.  Each student will make 2 bracelets in class.

    Cost of materials paid directly to Instructor: $15

    This class is being rescheduled due to COVID-19 pandemic. New date coming soon....
    • 08 April 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street Minneapolis MN 55407

    Make a cutting board while learning how to use power tools. We will cover using the electric planer, ripping on the table saw, cross cutting on the miter saw, curved cuts on the bandsaw, and finishing. This is a great chance to get to know, or brush up on the most powerful tools in the shop. This class is a pre-requisite for shop access. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.

    Taught by Meena


    POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 10th

    • 11 April 2020
    • 02 May 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • To be announced
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    Dreaming of renovating your kitchen but not sure where to begin. In this class we are going to tear apart a kitchen and rebuild it from the ground up. 

    Saturday, April 11, 10:00-12:00 Demolition Day

    In this session we will tear out floors, cabinets, shut off sinks, and stoves. Getting things down to the studs in some parts, our fearless leader Erin Melzer will lead a lecture and demonstration on each step.

    Saturday, April 18th, 10:00- 12:00 Rebuild it Day

    This session will bring the kitchen back to a workable state: hanging sheet rock, mudding on both walls and ceilings, and discussing how the hardwood floors are refinished.

    Wednesday, April 22, 6:00-8:00 PM Cabinet Install Day

    Switching instructors, we have Suzanne joining us to talk shop about hanging upper cabinets and install base cabinets.

    Wednesday, April 29th, 6:00-8:00 PM Floating Shelves

    This kitchen is designed with open shelving. Learn how to use floating shelf hardware safely and attach it to your studs. Taught by Jess.

    Saturday, May 02, 10:00-12:00 Tiling a Backsplash

    Erin Melzer returns to co-teach with Jess how to set tile and grout a backsplash behind the kitchen sink and stove.


    This course is primarily lecture and discussion based. Each kitchen is different and we want to equip you with the general knowledge so you can confidently wing it at your own home. There is no requirement to attend all courses, however we cannot divide up the package of classes. Please note we will not be covering plumbing or installing new appliances. There will be some hands on action to try things out, but we don't expect you to put in labor. We want this course to give you all the knowledge!

    The location will be sent to students a week before class begins. The home is located in the Powderhorn Neighborhood.


    • 14 April 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
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    Learn how to carve a spoon from a fresh cut tree using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We cover tree anatomy, axing out a blank (roughed out spoon shape), knife holds for the hook & sloyd knife, drying, and finishing. This class is great for the beginner or the person wanting to learn Sloyd style carving. The class fee includes tool rental, materials, a finishing kit, and safety gloves. Please wear pants and close toed shoes.

    Taught by Jess

    • 17 April 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407

    Learn how to use power tools while building your own Viking era warp weighted table loom. This class is in partnership with the weavers guild of MN. Spend Friday making your loom at Women’s Woodshop and spend Saturday & Sunday weaving at the guild!

    In this course you will learn how to chop on the miter saw, drill with both drill press and cordless drills and use the tablesaw! No experience necessary. This course is made for beginners!

    1/2 lunch break. (Cafe across street or bring your own lunch)

    materials fee $55 (cash or check preferred but can accept credit cards)

    Taught by Jess Hirsch

    YOU MUST REGISTER AT WEAVERS GUILD ALSO.


    • 21 April 2020
    • 19 May 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 1
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    Want to go deeper with spoon carving. Join us for a four week course with Liesl Chatman to focus on the following:

    • spoon design:  bowl shapes, handle shapes, crank profile, getting a bowl thin that feels great in your mouth; strength/durability.  
    • axe work:  starting blanks with cranks/profile not plane view (!), axing out profiles for multiple spoons in one blank, axe body positions, hewing cuts, safety. 
    • straight blade technique:  grips that work for all bodies/low hand strength/old hands; cutting short and long facets; knife design as connected to the cuts you can/can't make (but not crazy edge geometry or sharpening). 
    • Curved blade technique: safety, wood grain, different sweep designs...I have good basswood for practicing. 
    • Finishing cuts and decorative elements:  finials, neck/bowl transitions, facets, underside of bowl, e.g. rat-tails

    Taught by Liesl Chatman

    Materials fee $10-25 to be paid to instructor.

    • 07 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street Minneapolis MN 55407

    Make a cutting board while learning how to use power tools. We will cover using the electric planer, ripping on the table saw, cross cutting on the miter saw, curved cuts on the bandsaw, and finishing. This is a great chance to get to know, or brush up on the most powerful tools in the shop. This class is a pre-requisite for shop access. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.

    Taught by Meena


    *This class is making up for the course cancelled on March 18th

    • 09 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 2237 E 38th street, Minneapolis MN 55407
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    Want to make custom hair accessories for your unique hair? This class will allow you to make the hair pin of your dreams while getting familiar with the bandsaw, carving knife, files, and of course lots of sand paper. Come with an idea of how many tines your dream hair pin holds and fun shapes. We will have a selection of woods to choose from. Please wear closed toed shoes and avoid dangly clothing.


    Taught by Leah Van Tassel

    • 09 May 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 2237 E 38th street Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 0

    It can be hard to find just the right picture frame--especially for one-of-a-kind art--and custom frames are expensive. Solve that problem by learning how to build your own! We'll use the table saw, chop saw, and drill to construct basic frames out of poplar. Students should come to class with dimensions of the piece they want to frame, and we'll take it from there!

    Students will pay their instructor directly for materials- the cost will depend on the size of the frame you would like to make.


    Materials fee $10 to be paid to Kate.

    Taught by Kate Schiffler


    RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 22nd POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 9th 2:00-5:00


    • 10 May 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 6
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    Woodblock 101: Learn to carve and print and take home a set of prints on archival paper. Relief printing is one of the oldest art-making processes, and the earliest means of making inexpensive multiples of images and words—a democratic art!

    Learn to hone your carving skills and create and print a 4x6 woodblock. You will print on fine printmaking paper, card stock, fabric, and newsprint. These skills will enable you to make striking images for 2D art and textile design, as well as beautiful blocks (which can also be used for stamping onto 3D surfaces including wood and clay).

    Please bring a 4x6 drawing in pen or pencil, or a photo/printed-out image that translates well to a black-and-white print (there is no grayscale in single-block woodblock printing- - only texture).

    ***This is the abridged version of the regular 3 hours class

    materials fee of $15 to be paid to Jessie Merriam

    Email Jessie at jessiemerriam@gmail.com with design ideas before the class for feedback if you would like! Templates available in the class will be simple designs that lend themselves to black and white printing and take advantage of the wood grain.

    • 13 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
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    PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED ON MARCH 18th

    Learn how to carve a spoon from a fresh cut tree using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We cover tree anatomy, axing out a blank (roughed out spoon shape), knife holds for the hook & sloyd knife, drying, and finishing. This class is great for the beginner or the person wanting to learn Sloyd style carving. The class fee includes tool rental, materials, a finishing kit, and safety gloves. Please wear pants and close toed shoes.

    Taught by Jess


    POSTPONED UNTIL  MAY 13th*** we are currently figuring out how to move classes around on the new website. hold tight y'all!

    • 13 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    Registration is closed

    Learn how to carve a spoon from a fresh cut tree using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We cover tree anatomy, axing out a blank (roughed out spoon shape), knife holds for the hook & sloyd knife, drying, and finishing. This class is great for the beginner or the person wanting to learn Sloyd style carving. The class fee includes tool rental, materials, a finishing kit, and safety gloves. Please wear pants and close toed shoes.

    Taught by Jess

    • 15 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
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    Learn the ins and outs of bowl turning. Turn a greenwood (fresh cut) bowl on the electric lathe. Learn lathe anatomy, bowl blank prep, turning with a bowl gouge and parting tool, drying, and finishing. Maximum class runs 4.5 hours total. Please avoid dangly clothing and wear close toed shoes. Leave with your very own bowl!!!!

    Material fee included ($10) and tools provided.

    Taught by Jess



    • 16 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 5
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    Make a cutting board while learning how to use power tools. We will cover using the electric planer, ripping on the table saw, cross cutting on the miter saw, curved cuts on the bandsaw, and finishing. This is a great chance to 

    get to know, or brush up on the most powerful tools in the shop. This class is a pre-requisite for shop access. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.

    THIS CLASS IS INTENDED FOR FOLKS IDENTIFYING AS PEOPLE OF COLOR, please do not register if you are a white-bodied person.

    If you want reparations pricing for this course (materials fee of $15) email us at womenswoodshop@gmail.com to sign up!

    • 20 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 0

    Make a cutting board while learning how to use power tools. We will cover using the electric planer, ripping on the table saw, cross cutting on the miter saw, curved cuts on the bandsaw, and finishing. This is a great chance to get to know, or brush up on the most powerful tools in the shop. This class is a pre-requisite for shop access. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.

    Taught by Meena

    • 07 June 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    Need a refresher on turning? This course is designed for next steps in bowl turning. Our goal is to make 2 bowls! We'll cover the steps of turning a greenwood bowl on the electric lathe. Learn lathe anatomy, bowl blank prep, turning with a bowl gouge and parting tool, drying, and finishing. Maximum class runs 4.5 hours total. Please avoid dangly clothing and wear close toed shoes. 

    1/2 hour for lunch.

    Material fee paid to instructor $20 

    Taught by Jess

    PREREQUISITE: BOWL TURNING 101

    RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 7th from march 28



CURRENT FAQ NEWS:

UPDATE: 3/24/2020 WE ARE OPEN ONLINE! We are working on fun virtual ways to do woodworking while our current space is closed. We have a brand new page that hosts our online offerings. The first offering is a free downloadable coloring sheet, updated daily! We are also offering our first VIRTUAL OPEN SHOP this thursday 6:00-9:00. A link will be posted shortly and this will be a free get together to talk through your projects you are working on at home with two woodworkers/makers Meena Mangalvedhekar and Jess Hirsch. See you on the internet!


UPDATE: 3/16/2020 WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSING! Due to the pandemic we believe it is our social responsibility to flatten the curve and advocate for social distancing. We are postponing our classes as the news comes out. If you have courses scheduled we will be emailing you about rescheduling opportunities and refunds. Its a bit of a dance to re-arrange all the classes so please be patient as we work through the upcoming classes for this week. We will most likely be rescheduling all classes through April 10th, but have to do it in batches. Thank you for your patience.

What actions are you taking for Covid-19?

  • We are staying up to date with information. Here are some of the local resources:

  • We are asking everyone that visits the woodshop to stay home if you feel even minor symptoms of cold, flu, fatigue, upper respiratory uneasiness. In such cases, we will allow you to reschedule any class for up to 60 days of your missed class (for any future date class). You can still cancel your classes 14 days in advance with no penalty.

  • We are upping the game and keeping our shop even cleaner before and after each class.Since COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for up to 9 days, it is important to disinfect surfaces and often.

  • All products leaving our shelves will go through the disinfection process for worry- free product owning or gifting experience.

  • If an instructor is ill, they will cancel classes and you will be fully refunded or can transfer your class credit immediately. 

  • Notifications of class cancellation will be via email.

What is your cancellation policy during the Covid-19 crisis? You may transfer your class credit for up to 60 days of your cancelled class (to any future class). If the course costs less than you cancelled class we will not be able to refund the difference, and if it costs more, we will request the additional amount.

If you are taking a multi-day class and need to cancel for 2 or more sessions due to illness, you will be offered a credit for the percentage of courses you missed.  Example: if you miss 2 of the Handy Person Kitchen Class ($40/ class) you will be able to transfer $80 credit to a new course. If you miss 1 class, we will help you catch up with notes, photos, and in some cases video documentation.


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Women's Woodshop is a woodworking studio that empowers people and builds community through the art of woodworking.

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Currently, we offer classes in three areas: furniture, home repair, and craft.

We also host club nights and the occassional party...Our parties look more like a skillshare around building outhouses in the woods.

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Women's Woodshop empowers women and non-binary makers through the art of woodcraft.   We offer classes, community events, and more.

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Address: 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407         
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