Woodwork for Women

Ref: C2524896

Do something different, learn new skills and change old attitudes, this course encourages students to choose a small 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 their own work for improvements. There will be frequent 'problem solving' examples & techniques, which are intended to help students gain skills in planning a job from start to finish. Re-purposing is encouraged, reducing & re-using waste. Advice on suitable projects will be given & constraints on size, cost, skill levels required influence project choices. Students comment that learning in a co-operative working group, where differences are respected and equality matters, make this course a valuable 'social occasion.'

Course aim

To enable complete beginners to work together & learn about timber, tools & joinery skills in a friendly, women only environment. Learn basic design skills, plan and construct a small project. Gain skills to use at home prioritising health & safety.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre
  • Willingness to perform manual work, learn new skills & work with others Measuring & perform simple sums is useful but not essential Bring reading glasses! *ability to stand at a bench & grip tools is essential

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

  • Design – I will produce sketches, add measurements and chose 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 learn different Assembly techniques and prepare clamps / cramps / glue & screws or other (________________)
  • I will improve my awareness of Health and Safety at all times, following guidance given.

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
  • Advice, encouragement and many problem solving techniques are shared throughout all sessions, we discuss, observe, measure, feel & check work done for 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
  • We will discuss & assess if practice work is fit for purpose, can the 'next stage' can be started or will more practice with further guidance help with accuracy? Numeracy issues re Design/Measuring exercises, help given to get the sums right. All students required 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
  • Essential: Strong flat shoes, very warm clothing (the workshop is cold) reading glasses if rqd, tie hair back, bring a pencil, tape measure/folder, T&coffee& a cup. Students pay £0.50p - £1.00 per week, depending on project size (£2-4)

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 aswell as being creative, and a 'start to finish' sequence of tasks. Small project design: be realistic!

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Design including furniture at Degree Level Green woodworking Eco-building courses (available nationally)

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Woodwork for Women

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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

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