A Very Short Magazine Review: Woodworking For Women

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Ed Pawlowski notes:

True. If a woman wears pants, all is well. If a man wears pants, and they're not plaid, all sorts of assumptions are made, warranted or not. A woman is comfortable. A man is cross-dressing.
Charlie Self "In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office." Ambrose Bierce
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.comnotforme (Charlie Self) wrote in
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patriarch responds:

Yeah, well..if he wears two pairs? No?Replace pants #2 with with skirts.
Charlie Self "In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office." Ambrose Bierce
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I knew whatcha meant - but thought it was damned funnier your first way. Kind'a a Norm Crosby humor thing...
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Actually, I do think there are differences. For one thing, fewer women are deaf to high frequencies and we HEAR more of the noise of the machines, IMHO. Ask teachers, I'd bet they notice that women are more often safety minded. Typically shorter than males, many women adapt their materials handling to that fact as well. Documentation might need changes too, women are more often alone, learning through books and videos, without a shop course EVER.
Any time you have a new user group that's lower in age, size, strength and income, wouldn't you think there might be some consumer behavior changes as well? I've found more women with Japanese tools because they fit a smaller hand better, for instance. (I also think Festool is overlooking THE biggest long term market they could possibly target at this time, while they're still enjoying a virtual monopoly on the issue of a complete dust control tool line.)
Way back when, I figured the problem would be closer to "solved" around 2015. If you look at demographic trends, the guys who are in charge are mostly WW II cohorts. When they die off, the attitude of magazines will be more informed by people who grew up with fewer expectations of gender bias.
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When you're done explaining it to Renata, I may need to hear it, too. I don't post often here because I am Doug Miller's SWMBO, and he says enough for both of us...;-), but I don't "get it" either, when it comes to "women's woodworking."
I think the real reason there are not more women in woodworking is because we don't have the TIME for such a hobby. I fit it in when I can, between the kid's activities, full time work, social/church activities, and other hobbies.
With Doug as a full-time at-home wood worker now, he has taken up a lot those sorts of duties, and my woodworking time has greatly increased. :-)
But I still don't understand why we women need something "special."
Indyrose
By the way, I also hunt and fish, and I'm a manufacturing engineer... and I keep Doug very happy. :-)
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I don't buy that. It may be why YOU don't spend much time, but other women have many other hobbies and find time for them. Women can choose to allot their time just like we do so it comes down to priorities and desire. Ed
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And have impeccible taste in Neckwear, it seems! :)
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wrote:

She picked that up at a garage sale many years ago, figuring that I'd be able to win the annual IS Dept. ugly tie contest.
She was right: it was declared the winner by acclamation without a vote, over the protest of one guy who wanted to disqualify it because it obviously lacked amateur standing. :-)
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Indyrose wrote:

The need is simple. Someone noticed a discrepancy between the actual and desired size of his or her bank balance and estimated that selling a magazine to female woodworkers would be efficacious in adjusting that discrepancy.
It's not about need, it's about greed.

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Had to post this gem from their homepage:
"I'm a beginning furniture maker. Some of the woodworkers I've met recently recommend I use a jig. What exactly is a jig and what can I use it for?"
There ya go - want to make furniture, use a jig. Anyone know where I can get this magic jig?

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Mike wrote:

Oh it actually gets better (OK, worse) that this. The above is part of an entire page on jigs. The writer of the article is a "marketing specialist" from Woodcraft. Additional questions include:
What types of woodworking projects most often require jigs?
I've seen jigs for sale, but there are so many variations that I'm confused. What type of jig should I get?
Can you recommend some jigs that would be good for furniture making.
Are there any special tips you have for using jigs.
According to the article many of the answers to these perplexing questions can be found at www.woodcraft.com
Rumor has it that BitchSlapBobZajicek is doing an entire page on using your ear to keep your a pencil handy when in the shop. Trouble is he has to publish under the name Roberta.
UA100
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UA100 writes:

I love it.
Did the "marketing specialist" have a name?
Charlie Self "In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office." Ambrose Bierce
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Charlie Self wrote:

Lori Mosser.
Looked to me like she had an entire career wrapped up in the article.
UA100
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UA100 responds:

Yeah, well...as I wrote earlier, Lori is a nice young woman, but I'd cool my jets considerably before I'd class her as a woodworker of any real experience.
AFAIK, they're down to 2 real woodworkers in the corporate office.
Charlie Self "In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office." Ambrose Bierce
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Unisaw A100 wrote:

And this is different from the wreck exactly how?

B*st*rd ... I was hoping to get that one published. I guess that means I need to go back and work on my "using disposable paintbrushes for spreading glue" essay.
Charlene Vance
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Charlene Vance responds:

How about for RNs only (female type, of course) using tongue depressors to spread glue?
I went to pick up the jigs article to see who wrote it, and to get a bit of a mean laugh, but, damn, the second edition is there with articles on "Tomboy Tools" which is a company that does home parties, a la Tupperware, I guess, with tools designed especially for women. There's also an interview with Matt & Shari from HGTV, focusing on such great woodworking projects as a huge birdhouse to house a TV set, a 7' lighthouse for beach towel and game storage...and, oh, I won't go on.
Oh, yeah. I just found it. This second issue does have the jig article. Lori Mossor is the writer. Lori's a nice kid, but this is the first I've heard her described as a woodworker. I knew she painted furniture.
Maybe it will shake down and be a good addition, but at the moment, the SIPs from Meredith (BH&G) and Woman's Day do a much better job of presenting craft projects that apparently are all designed and built by advertisers.
Im not sure I want to show this to my wife. She may pop me upside the head for wasting nearly 5 bucks.
Charlie Self "In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office." Ambrose Bierce
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Dibs on Pantyhose as backups when you're low on Cheesecloth.
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mttt wrote:

Only if I get "coffee can for making circles".
UA100
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Damn, you gals are good.
Along those same lines: Wear Playtex gloves to protect your hands when applying a finish to your projects.
Charlene Vance
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