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empowering women & non-binary makers through the art of woodcraft


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    • 07 November 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • 150 W 60th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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    HOSTED AT LEONARDO's BASEMENT

    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. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.

    Taught by Jess

    * This class is limited to 6 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask regularly sanitize hands and tools. See Leonardo's Basement's covid safety protocol: here


    Pricing Transparency for $75 fee:

    Instructor $25

    Studio rental $16

    Materials $15

    Admin $14

    Website $10


    If you need a scholarship, please email us at womenswoodshop@gmail.com




    • 07 November 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • 150 W 60th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419
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    HOSTED AT LEONARDO's BASEMENT

    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. Take home your very own cutting board at the end.

    Taught by MEENA

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

    * This class is limited to 6 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19, please do not attend class if feeling ill, we will refund you. All students are required to wear a mask regularly sanitize hands and tools. See Leonardo's Basement's covid safety protocol: here

    This course is offered as micro-reparations pricing. Women's Woodshop believes in wealth redistribution while our nation has still not properly paid reparations to marginalized communities. 

    Pricing Transparency for $15 fee:

    Materials $15

    If you need a scholarship, please email us at womenswoodshop@gmail.com, no questions asked.




    • 15 November 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom
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    Decorative Carving adds magic to any piece of furniture! Join Ouida Vincent on ZOOM to learn about her process of applying 17th century decorative carving to panels used in furniture. Ouida will talk about design and layout, using gouges, and the application of these methods in functional ware.

    * you will not be making along with Ouida, this is just a demo. 

    About Ouida: 

    "I took my first woodworking and small engine repair class in Jr High and was one of only two women on the class. When I moved to Gallup, my realtor gently suggested that I take a class when she saw an example of my work. An adult education class was available at my local University of New Mexico branch and I enrolled. I tend to make things for myself. Square (or not so square) boxy things. Because I am a hobby wood worker, I am free to pursue Other interests like 17th century carving, which for some reason, has taken hold of me and won’t let go. "


    Pricing Transparency: Ouida is generously donating her time for her first demo so we are also donating ours and 100% of the proceeds will go to our scholarship fund. This fund is available to anyone in financial need or anyone that requests reparations pricing, no questions asked. Just email us and we will register you for the class of your liking:)


    • 19 November 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom
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    Are you wondering about the trades? Ready to change that hobby into a career? Join us for a panel discussion with 4 woodworkers' journeys in the trades moderated by Gladys Walker, who is just entering the field! We have an awesome crew with varied experience:

    Erin Melzer- Union Carpenter

    Emily Chhen- Cabinet Maker and recent grad from St. Paul Tech

    Jacqueline Zepeda-

    Founder of Pine & Poplar LLC-home repair and carpentry business and founder of Femme Empowerment Project-provides various skill shares for QTIBIPOC

    Jo Manu- Founder of Manu Carpentry- working in carpentry for 20 years.

    Gladys Walker- future St. Paul Tech student of cabinetry

    This discussion will be held on Zoom so that we can take your questions live and connect with these awesome craftspeople!

    Pricing Transparency:

    Each instructor is paid $75 ($375) We are hoping we can get 25 people to sign up and pay $15 to cover paying these talented people. We want to keep this accessible so sliding scale is set to $0 so please come if you want to hear this talk. No one will be turned away.

    • 05 December 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • ZOOM
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    Learn how to make a shrink box using traditional carving techniques....wait, what is a shrink box you ask? Its a fresh cut, hollowed out branch that has a dry piece of wood inserted In the bottom. As the branch dries, it shrinks around the dry base!

    For this course you will learn how to hollow out the branch, carve a notch for the dry piece, saw the dry base for fitting, and carve the dry base. A lid will be discussed, but is an optional post class homework. Students will be able to keep tools for 1 week after class in order to finish project. 

    Please wear pants and close toed shoes (even in your own home). Set up in a sweepable area, we are going to make some wood chips! You will need a desk or table to clamp to!

    This course will be held over Zoom. It is limited to 6  people. The zoom link will be emailed to students after signing up for the course.

    If you identify as a BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) student and would like reparations pricing please email us at womenswoodshop@gmail.com and we will sign you up for just the materials fee.  Women's Woodshop believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  

    Course materials include:

    1 branch, 1 curved knife, 1 straight knife, gloves, a coping saw, a clamp, base/lid material * materials fee doesn't not include the purchase of tools, just temp rental.

    Materials can be picked up/dropped off for local students at location near Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis. This address will be emailed to students upon registration. Out of state students will be given the option of requesting shipping and a return shipment envelope for an additional $26.00. (covers priority shipping  to & from ). 

    Taught by Jess

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $70 class:

    Instructor receives $35/student

    Admin receives $5

    Tool purchases/upkeep  $20 (we have to make the curved knives)

    Website/zoom subscription $10


    Materials cost breakdown $15:

    Wood  $5

    Prep time $10 ( have to get fresh cut wood for this)


    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.


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    Need a scholarship? We got you! Just email us womenswoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will cover the rest. No questions asked. 


    • 10 December 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • ZOOM
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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 (even in your own home). Set up in a sweepable area, we are going to make some wood chips!

    This course will be held over Zoom. It is limited to 12 people in order to offer more more interaction with peers and instructor. The zoom link will be emailed to students after signing up for the course.

    This course has 4 free seats for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to take this course at cost for the materials fee of $15. Women's Woodshop believes in wealth re-distribution while our nation has still not offered proper reparations to marginalized communities.  The course registration and shipping fee will be waived for individuals who identify as BIPOC.

    Course materials include: spoon blank, straight knife & hook knife, finishing kit, and cut proof glove rental. Materials can be picked up/dropped off for local students at location near Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis. This address will be emailed to students upon registration. Out of state students will be given the option of requesting shipping and a return shipment envelope for an additional $18.00. (covers to & from shipping). 

    Taught by Jess

    Pricing Transparency:

    Cost breakdown for $45 class:

    Instructor receives $20

    Admin receives $5

    Tool purchases/upkeep  $10

    Website/zoom subscription $10


    Materials cost breakdown $15:

    Sandpaper $1.00

    Oil $1.50

    Jars $1.00

    Baggies $.50

    Prep time $11 ( have to get fresh cut wood for this)


    What's this new thing? We are exercising better transparency and want folks to know what goes into a class and why they cost what they do.


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    Need a scholarship? We got you! Just email us womenswoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will cover the rest. No questions asked. 


Past events

21 October 2020 Introduction to Chip Carving for Women and Non-binary Carvers
07 June 2020 CANCELLED Bowl Turning 201 (for women + non-binary makers)
20 May 2020 CANCELLED Power Tools 101 (for women + non-binary makers)
16 May 2020 CANCELLED BIPOC Power Tools 101 (For Women & Non-Binary Makers of Color)
15 May 2020 CANCELLED Bowl Turning (for women + non-binary makers)
13 May 2020 VIRTUAL Spoon Carving (for women + non-binary makers)
13 May 2020 Virtual Spoon Carving
10 May 2020 CANCELLED Virtual Wood Block Carving - Mother' Day Edition (for women + non-binary makers)
09 May 2020 CANCELLED Picture Frames (For Women & Non-binary Makers)
09 May 2020 CANCELLED Bandsaw Hair Pins & Hair Sticks (for Women & Non-binary Makers)
07 May 2020 CANCELLED Power Tools 101 (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
21 April 2020 VIRTUAL Advanced Spoon Carving (for women + non-binary makers)
17 April 2020 CANCELLED Build A Viking Era Loom (all genders/no genders)
14 April 2020 VIRTUAL Spoon Carving (for women + non-binary makers)
11 April 2020 CANCELLED Be Your Own Handyperson: Kitchen Renovation
08 April 2020 CANCELLED Power Tools 101 (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
07 April 2020 CANCELLED- Birch Bark Bangle (for women & non-binary makers)
04 April 2020 VIRTUAL-Garden Cold Frame
03 April 2020 VIRTUAL- Garden Cold Frame
02 April 2020 CANCELLED Build A Side Table (for women + non-binary makers)
01 April 2020 CANCELLED-BIPOC Power Tools 101 (For Women & Non-Binary Makers of Color)
25 March 2020 CANCELLED Bowl Turning (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
21 March 2020 Postponed Kolrosing: Next Level! (all gender/no gender)
21 March 2020 POSTPONED Kolrosing Basics (All gender/no gender)
14 March 2020 Be Your Own Handyperson: TRIM 101 (for women and non-binary makers)
13 March 2020 Make A Date with the Table Saw (women + non-binary folks)
11 March 2020 Hook Knife Sheath for Spoon Carvers (all gender/no gender)
29 February 2020 Bandsaw Hair Pins & Hair Sticks (for Women & Non-binary Makers)
22 February 2020 Butterfly Joint Tea Tray (all gender/no gender)
16 February 2020 Dala Horse Carving (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
15 February 2020 BIPOC Power Tools 101 (For Women & Non-Binary Makers of Color)
14 February 2020 Who Cares about Valentine's Day Craft Hang (for women + non-binary makers)
13 February 2020 Spoon Carving (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
12 February 2020 Bowl Turning (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
08 February 2020 Dala Horse Carving (for women + non-binary makers)
06 February 2020 Power Tools 101 (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
05 February 2020 Post and Rung Stool (for women + non-binary makers) SOLD OUT
03 February 2020 Valentine-Palentine Print Making Class (For Women + Non-binary Makers)

CURRENT FAQ NEWS:

Dear Ones,

BLACK LIVES MATTER. Unequivocally Black lives matter.  We mourn the death of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others that were murdered by the police. The shop actively believes in dismantling white supremacy and supporting the BIPOC community, in particular Black lives right now.

We know you haven’t heard from us in a minute because we have paused to focus on the Minneapolis and St. Paul community in real life, not the digital realm. We are slowly coming back together to keep working on our new structure as non-profit and making sure we build anti-racism actions into our very foundation so we can address the vast inequities in the woodworking world. We hope you too are looking at your role in white privilege and how to deconstruct the injustices woven into this country’s framework too.

We do intend to offer classes again but there is a lot of work to do behind the scenes and there is still a pandemic and unfortunately touching and sharing tools is a big part of our classroom. Please be patient with us and support organizations that are changing the world for the better right now.

Black Visions Collective

Black Women Build

Crafting the Future

Black Lives Matter


4/2/2020

Dear Students, fans, friends, and family,

We have big news to share...we’re changing gears and going mobile!!! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we made the challenging decision to leave our current location and offer a smaller array of classes while focusing on developing a better community woodshop after this thing passes. 

As many of you know, our little storefront on 38th street has always been considered our starter home. It's a charming space, but over the past 3 years we have outgrown the physical space and the electrical limits (if you have been in a power tools class, you have experienced us blowing the breakers!) We need more space and more power to keep supporting the community and expanding as y’all have shown up in droves and our instructors keep proposing more awesome classes.

As the shop navigates the current situation with Covid-19, we have faced some obstacles and been given the gift of seeing our blindspots. Financially, we have depended on our in person classes to pay rent, pay instructors, and keep the lights on. It’s always been a makeshift diy space doing it month to month. We have been hit hard by the crisis and have spent some time reflecting on what actions make the most sense. 

The month of April we will be moving into storage and simplifying our course offerings until we can find a better home. We see this time as a “wildfire” ferociously taking down broken models and systems, but leaving fertile soil for the future. Instead of trying to resist, we are going to let this one take us and turn us into that soil that we can emerge stronger and brighter for the long haul.

We have been building an incredible non-profit board of brilliant minds and will be spending the next few months focusing on regrowth. More to come soon once we are done moving! Stay tuned.

If you are currently signed up for classes we will be in touch about a pop-up location to host or a cancellation with full refunds. Our small summer offerings will go live once we find a host. If you know a host that could share space during this limbo phase, please reach out:)

If you want to purchase wood, tools, workbenches, we will be posting things we are not able to keep on our instagram and will be offering contactless pick up after the Stay Home mandate expires...if it expires. 

Thank you for all your love, support, and hunger for woodworking!

More soon,

Jess & the crew


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.


Who we are

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         
(on Dakota Land)

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