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

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    • 02 April 2020
    • (UTC-06:00)
    • 11 June 2020
    • (UTC-06:00)
    • 6 sessions
    • 2237 E. 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
    • 2

    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.

    • 07 June 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407
    • 4

    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


    RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 7th from march 28

Past events

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
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)



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.

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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.



Address: 2237 E 38th Street, Minneapolis MN 55407         
(on Dakota Land)

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