Woodworking isn’t something that can easily be thought of as a job, craft, or even a hobby women would naturally gravitate towards. Part of it is the common notion that woodworking and carpentry are for men, and true enough, males have traditionally dominated this area. Thankfully, in the recent centuries, women have taken more active and critical roles in the woodworking industry. Female woodworkers are helping break down gender stereotypes.
The result of disregarding gender stereotypes? It’s opening up more opportunities for other women, changing the common views about the craft, and yes females are making breakthrough accomplishments.
Meet 4 Female Woodworkers
Some of the remarkable women woodworkers are Patt Gregory, Jennifer Gripe, Danielle Thomas, and Peggy Farrington. All of them had different beginnings and their journey to where they are now. But what they share is that all of their experiences in the woodworking world have been very interesting.
Patt Gregory has quite the story from before her successful book launch and current teaching stint. She had a Secretarial job, then shifted careers by taking woodworking classes, and then becoming an advocate for Woodwork for Women, an organization that offers workshops specifically for women woodworkers. Incidentally, her book has the same title, and her passion for woodworking show proudly in both her book and classes.
Jennifer Gripe, on the other hand, started having an interest in the field because of just a few home projects she did on her own. Her main teacher was the internet; she learned from DIY blogs and the online woodworking community. Soon she was hooked as one of a growing number of women woodworkers knocking down gender stereotypes.
Danielle Thomas just had a go at it after seeing a Pinterest board involving pallets. Eight years later, she is more knowledgeable and experienced on the craft, just by learning through trial and error. Lastly, Peggy Farrington found interest in woodworking because of her desire to have a creative outlet. And while she’s fairly new to it, she’s done a great job at learning and embracing what the craft entails.
More about Women in Woodworking
These four women may have different stories and different journeys, yet all of them share the same love for woodworking. As they are all involved in the same industry, most of them had the same encounters regarding wrong notions about woodworking, including remarks on being women woodworkers. Get to know them and their full stories at Sawinery.