2020 Introduction to Woodworking for Women
introduction to woodworking workshop is designed and taught by a woman
for women. Held on the farm, this workshop aims to provide a safe place
for women to develop confidence, learn woodworking skills and to share
+ Workshops are held over TWO consecutive days, over one weekend.
+ Women and female-identified people only. Must be 18 years of age or older.
+ Limit of 8 participants per workshop.
+ Dress appropriately for the weather. We will be working outside under a shelter with protection from direct rain and sun.
Time: 10AM to 6PM, Saturday and Sunday
Cost: TBD per person (includes materials) plus HST
- No children are allowed on the farm during workshop hours.
- No pets are allowed on the farm at any time.
- Meals are NOT provided. We recommend bringing a bagged lunch.
There are some restaurants in Kinmount (15 minute drive). We aim for a one hour lunch break.
- Participants are allowed to camp on the farm. Please let us know. We cannot provide any camping equipment.
- Other accommodations in the area include cottages, motels and local b n' b.
+ Safety Glasses (eye protection)
+ Ear protection - in-ear or over-ear
+ Respiratory protection (dust mask)
+ Comfortable clothing you do not mind getting dirty/dusty
+ Comfortable closed-toe shoes (no sandals)
+ Hair ties or hat to keep hair back
+ Sunscreen and bug spray
+ Travel/reusable mug for water and tea
Mandatory safety equipment.
is a list of basic woodworking tools that is useful for both general woodworking
and for use around the home. We highly recommend bringing your own tools
and to generally, bring what you can.
+ Measuring Tape - minimum 16 feet; Imperial measurement or combination of Imperial/Metric
+ Hammer - minimum 16 oz
+ Utility knife
+ Drill - corded or cordless
+ Impact Driver - cordless
+ Driver bits - multiple No. 2 Robinson (square head) bits
+ Circular Saw - 7 1/4" or similar
+ Handsaw - Push or Pull style
+ Combination Square or Speed Square or Framing Square
+ Chisel(s) - set of chisels (1", 3/4", 1/2", 1/4") or just a single one
+ Tool box to keep all your tools safe and clean
In addition to what is mentioned above, the workshop will also be using 'shop tools' such as table saw, compound miter saw ("chop saw"), 13" planer, biscuit jointer, band saw and other assorted tools and devices.
All wood, fasteners (screws, nails, etc.) and some finishes (sandpaper, oils, stains) are provided for with your workshop fees. All the wood that you will build with comes from the farm (milled on the farm from various species such as eastern white pine, eastern white cedar, black cherry, poplar and elm) or salvaged from other buildings, scrap piles and skids/pallets. Emphasis is placed on non-toxic materials and sustainable practices.
If you have wood or other materials you would like to use, please let us know so we can accommodate for them in the design. Feel free to bring special mementos to incorporate into your side-table.
1. Email us! workshops(a)thistlecroft.ca
Please let us know the following:
+ Contact (email and phone)
+ Date of workshop preference
+ Will you be camping?
2. Wait for email confirmation.
3. Pay non-refundable $50 deposit (etransfer or cheque) to secure your spot.
4. Pay remaining fee before or at workshop (etransfer, cheque or cash).
Introduction to woodworking for women, 2010 in Toronto.
Ali in her element.
About Your Instructor, Ali Lam
Ali's passion for wood and woodworking started during her 2007 apprenticeship in timber framing in Massachusetts and has only grown over the years.
Returning to Ontario, she was a general contractor and designer, specializing in custom straw bale and timber frame homes. From 2012 to 2016, she was the Program Coordinator and Principal Instructor at Fleming College's Sustainable Building Design and Construction Program. She has also taught workshops in natural building (Econest homes - light straw clay building methods; Southwestern Ontario), women-focused bicycle maintenance workshops (Wenches with Wrenches; Toronto), and other women and carpentry workshops in Toronto.
Currently, she is focused on expanding the infrastructure on the farm and building soil. With time and patience, she hopes to make and sell custom furniture and to further integrate her blacksmith items into this venture.
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