Carpentry for women with Astrid Arnold


Venue Chicken Shed (Craft Studio)

With Astrid Arnold

When: See below for all available dates


£180 for a six week course, materials included

About this course

Six week Tuesday evening course from 5 November – 10 December, 6.30 to 9pm

Astrid finds that women are empowered by learning carpentry skills. In her classes there is no pressure to know anything in advance, thus a door to learning something completely new is opened, which increases self-confidence and satisfaction.

In this course, you’ll learn to use a range of woodworking tools and set up your own toolbox at home so that you can use at home what you have learnt in class. You will learn about some basic principles that are fundamental to all carpentry and joinery work, including learning to make and use a ‘rebate joint’, which is one of a variety of wood working joints.

You will learn about its application, so you can transfer what you’ve learnt to other projects at home. You will also learn and practice the use of a variety of hand tools, like the chisel, hand saw, combination square, brace and bit, cordless drill and a marking gauge, for example.

Astrid has been a carpenter for the last 18 years and has been teaching formally for over three years for her own company TouchWood South West in her workshop near Moretonhampstead on Dartmoor and in Exeter. She teaches carpentry and joinery in on-going six week blocks once a week and she also teaches green woodwork to women who are survivors of domestic violence.

To book this course please visit Astrid’s booking website here.

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