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I like to introduce you to some of the awesome women (and men) I’ve met and worked or collaborated with, who work with wood.
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Carol Russell – Spooner Carver, Brisbane
For the past 25 years, Carol Russell has been an elite furniture maker and has for the past year or two become obsessed with carving spoons, believing they offer the perfect balance between form and function. She is a sought after teacher of the craft in Brisbane, Qld, and we are so pleased she will run a Spoon Carving course again this year at the Woodwork for Women workshop here in Mullumbimby near Byron Bay, NSW.
Penny Pedris – Female Tradie, Sydney, NSW
When I received an invitation from Penny of Female Tradie I jumped at the chance to take her generous offer to run a weekend workshop in her Sydney space. Penny is an inspiration to women wanting to get into the trade of carpentry and building. She has run her own successful business with her female team for several years and has rapidly gained a reputation for a high standard of work-womanship and her clear, personable approach.
Meg Solly – She Skills, Brisbane
I love what Meg and her partner Clint, have created in She Skills, Yeronga, Brisbane, Qld. After I heard about this new incentive in Dec 2015 I was delighted when they came to see my workshop in Mullumbimby and we shared and discussed few tips for running a new business such as this. Meg is a passionate advocate of women’s rights and started She Skills as a driver of change to increase women’s representation in male-dominated industries, while providing women with practical skills.
Our woodworking journeys bring us in an out of each other’s lives from time to time such as meeting up at my stand at the Maleny Wood Expo in May 2017.
In August, She Skills invited me to demonstrate at their Open Day.
This business is going places and already they have attracted an enormous amount of women to their huge variety of workshops and courses, not only exploring woodworking, but welding and mechanics as well.
Jason Heaton, Natural Edge Timbers, Albion, Brisbane, Qld
I met Jason Heaton from Natural Edge Timbers a year ago and was most impressed with his amiable approach and dedication for his love of beautiful timbers and bringing it to the public in a shop rather than warehouse setting. This is just the way we should think of timber, that it’s available to pick off the shop shelf, ready to become a shelf, benchtop or a piece of furniture without all fuss of sanding and finishing. It can all be done for you. Or if you want the piece made to custom specs, Jason can arrange that for you too!
Amanda Browning, Hills She Shed, Emerald, VIC
In May, 2016, Hills She Sheds’ Amanda Browning, mother of two posted on a Cockatoo community Facebook page that she wished there was a men’s shed type group for women to learn those skills. She was inundated with interest from the area. When I met Amanda, I was invited to demonstrate the use of some hand tools at an evening at the community centre. The Herald-Sun got hold of the story and ran a great article which captured everyone’s imagination. After much hard work and dedication, she has secured a place for her dream to begin in Emerald. I look forward to visiting their workshop very soon.
Kim Halbert-Pere, Handy Girl, Ballarat, VIC
I met Kim at a café meeting of creative women woodworkers in Brisbane and was so impressed with her goals and plans for not only her business, but of producing a TV show for which a pilot has been successfully launched. Handy Girl offers home improvement (DIY) services and specialist school experience and plenty more. I love her down to earth spirit, her love of teaching women how to DIY for themselves whether it be tiling or painting or woodworking and much more in their own homes, so that doing this kind of stuff becomes normal and not exclusive. A very inspiring woman with an un-supressable positive nature!