This course allows women the chance to become familiar with the tools and process of woodworking in a supportive, relaxed, hands-on environment. All levels welcome, no prior experience necessary.
Students will be learning the fundamentals of woodworking in our Hurricane Road workshop with an emphasis on safety. Discussions will cover wood varieties, joining techniques, reading and interpreting building plans, materials, safe tool use and the overall woodworking process. Additionally, hands-on activities will enable students to become proficient in a variety of woodworking skills by working with hand tools to create a hand-held/tote box. This class will break for a half-hour lunch, so be sure to bring a bag lunch!
The instructor for this course is Annie Harris, a professional woodworker for over 10 years. She grew up on the coast of Maine, frequently helping her father (or getting in the way) while he worked on projects around the house. Always a fidgeter who needed to do something with her hands, after graduating from college with a liberal arts degree she decided on a career where she could engage both hands and mind. Despite being green as grass, she convinced a local contractor to give her a chance and ended up spending several years working as a carpenter on residential homes on the coast of Maine. After one too many cold Maine winters she migrated to the milder climates of southern New Hampshire where she took up timber framing for a spell before deciding it might be fun to build things with curves, so she went to boatbuilding school. After a couple years building boats in Rhode Island, northern New England called her home and she returned to the Keene area where she is currently producing fine woodwork for Bensonwood homes.