While checking the mag rack in Kroger today I saw one called "Woodworking
Women". The premier issue. I glanced through it hoping to find something
interesting. Oh well, it was mainly crafty type stuff. I wish 'em
My daughter-in-law is a licensed building contractor with her own wood shop.
Most of the time she contracts out the work, but she has proven many times
to be capable of doing it all herself. Everything from framing to cabinetry,
and she still maintains a delicate feminine appearance when not working on
the job site. I found it all quite hard to accept at first, but I've known
her for about 14 years now and nothing she does surprises me anymore. My son
has discovered that she frequently talks him into buying better tools than
he was planning to "because they will do a better job and last longer". His
only problem sometimes is finding his tools "because they're out on the job
site". He's a very lucky guy. I wish his mother had more appreciation of
woodworking and tool values.
Don't recall which recent WWing magazine had about half of the main
done by women - one on finishing, another on building a beautiful
with inlayed vine and floral patterns (a collaborative effort - one did
"furniture" and the other the "enhancements"), another on routers.
If you've been to www.shopdemos.com you'll notice that many of the
using new tools, jigs and fixtures are done by a young woman - and she's
Another recent WWing mag had almost all black males in the photos.
Eventually, we'll get to a place were the piece, and what it took to
it, will be what's noticed and not what the person who made it looks
like , where that person came from or how old or young the person is.
more people woodworking and sharing what they've learned - the better.
rant mode off
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