Woodwork for Women

Ref: C2524445

Do something different, learn new skills and change old attitudes, this course encourages students to choose a project, design & construct it, while learning how to use tools and improve techniques in a helpful, friendly atmosphere with attention to Health & Safety at all times. Students will work together to check techniques for accuracy & results for squareness & a good fit, learning from each other while critically assessing own work for improvements. Students comment that learning in a co-operative working group, where differences are respected and equality matters, make this course a valuable 'social occasion.' Many students make things for the garden, storage solutions for the home, or items related to other interests which cannot be bought, or aren’t available in the right size. Re-purposing of 'found' materials encouraged, reducing waste at all times. Advice on suitable projects will be given & constraints on size, cost, skill levels required influence project choices.

Course aim

To enable complete beginners to work together & learn about timber & joinery skills in a friendly, women only environment, in order to design, plan and construct a project, within certain constraints; beginners will choose a realistic project plan.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre
  • Willingness to learn new skills & work with others Measuring & perform simple sums is useful but not essential Bring reading glasses; you will be working to a high degree of accuracy. *ability to stand at a bench & grip tools is essential Please discuss any disablities prior to enrolling

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Design – I will produce sketches, add measurements and choose the joints, then compile my Cutting List for the project
  • Practical – I will practice to improve my techniques prior to incorporating these into my project (name of joints ____________ )
  • Assembly – I will choose the most appropriate Assembly technique and prepare clamps / cramps / glue & screws or other (________________)
  • I will pay attention to, and increase my awareness of Health and Safety at all times, following guidance given. Demonstrate safety in the workshop and safe working practice at all times including minimising risks to self and others

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Advice, encouragement and many problem solving techniques are shared throughout all sessions, we discuss, observe, measure, touch and manipulate work done in order to evaluate accuracy. Students will research & sketch design diagrams, take&add measurements and complete hand outs outside class

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • We will discuss & assess if practice work is fit for purpose, can the 'next stage' can be started or will repeating the practice work with further guidance help with accuracy? Numeracy issues re Design/Measuring exercises, help given to get the sums right. All students asked to help each other.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Strong flat shoes, tie hair back, old clothes, glasses; bring a pencil, tape measure/folder, T&coffee. Students pay £0.50p - £1.00 per week, depending on project size (small £3-£4, large £5-£12), if provide own timber we charge to cover stock items. Many warm layers as the room's chilly.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Think about transferrable skills e.g. using concentration & focus to improve accuracy; care with sharps & power tools inc Health & Safety in the workshop; understanding the need for precision; appreciating 'start to finish' sequence of tasks from preparation, to construction & assembly & finishing.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Continue “Woodwork Course” progressing from basics to advanced techniques & Projects Colleges may offer Carpentry & Joinery or Construction if industry supports training Design including furniture at Degree Level Green woodworking Eco-building courses (available nationally)

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Woodwork for Women


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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