Woodworking 101

Next Available: Sat, 21 Apr 8:30AM
8.0 hours


She Skills workshops are designed by women, for women.  We want you to feel confident enough to imagine, design and create great things.  

In this two (2) day class you will learn how to use a range of hand and power tools incorporating traditional and modern techniques. First we will focus on practicing hand sawing and chiseling and to create range of simple timber joints including mortise and tenon, half lap and housing. We will then create a small timber project utilising modern and traditional techniques. 

We teach in a safe, encouraging and social environment with other like minded women.  You shouldn't expect to go home an expert, but you will gain an insight into what's possible with practice!!  

She Skills is building a community of confident and capable women, who are happy to get outside their comfort zone and take on a challenge.  

We are proud members of the Maker Movement.  In a world of rampant consumption and keeping up with the latest trends, the simple art of making something with your own hands can bring you immeasurable pleasure. And if it’s made well, it might just last you a lifetime.

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Class Schedule

This is a two day class and runs from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday at our workshop in Yeronga, Brisbane.

What you will learn
  • How to use hand tools to create traditional timber joints
  • Instruction, demonstration and practice using a range of hand and power tools
  • Basic knowledge of timber properties
What you will get
  • A small timber project made using modern and traditional techniques
  • Confidence and skills to imagine, design and create great things
  • Lunch every day in the shed
  • Tips, tricks and techniques from the experts

What to bring
  • We provide all the tools, materials and safety gear. If you've got a drill (or some other tool) at home and you'd like a few pointers on how to use it, feel free to bring it along.
  • A water bottle. It's hot work in the She Shed.
What to wear

Comfortable, well-fitted clothing. Shorts, jeans and a t-shirt. Protective hard top shoes are required to be worn (ie hiking boots, leather joggers). If you don't have your own pair, you can borrow a pair of steel caps from us.

Appropriate for

This workshop is open to women aged 15-115 years, and is suitable for beginners and those who want to brush up their hand skills.


She Skills

Vendor since 2016

She Skills is a collaboration between partners in life and work, Meg and Clint Solly, whose creative credentials go way back. Team Solly has been a creative force since 2000, when they met as performers.  

Clint is a qualified furniture tradesperson with 20 years experience building everything from solid timber furniture to theatrical sets.

Meg has been Clint's trusty trades assistant for many years and is now officially an apprentice cabinet maker. Meg has worked on large construction projects around the country.

Together they have years of experience in training people of all ages.  She Skills is a passion project that challenges stereotypes and helps women to find a new confidence to try skills that they previously thought were beyond their capabilities.  

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

Cancelling your spot in a class

  • Bookings are final. Please double check the date of the workshop before booking. Cancellations will result in forfeit of payment.
  • In general, bookings are transferrable to a new date (for the same class) provided you give us at least 72 hours notice.
  • You may offer your spot to a friend, we will transfer the booking into their name (you must arrange any transfer of money between yourself and your friend). 
  • Non-attendance under any circumstances forfeits the fee paid and is non-transferable.
  • Cancellation of one-off workshops or workshops that are not held on a regular basis are strictly non-refundable or transferable.

If we cancel a class

  • All classes require a minimum number of bookings to proceed. Minimum numbers vary from class to class. Classes that do not have the required minimum will be cancelled.
  • Participants will be notified 48 hours prior to the start of the class and will be offered the choice of having their spot transfered to the next available class, a credit to be used towards another class or a full refund.
  • If a teacher is unable to attend a class due to illness or other extreme circumstances we will postpone the class to a later date and inform you as early as possible.
  • We can not be held liable for any travel or other costs in the event of a cancellation.
  • We do our best to ensure classes go ahead.

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Terms & Conditions

© 2017 She Skills. All rights reserved unless otherwise stated.

Health and Safety

She Skills takes the safety and wellbeing of our students very seriously. We carry public liability insurance and carry out risk assessments prior to every workshop. You understand the inherently risky nature of activities that you will undertake at She Skills and agree to:

  • follow all reasonable instructions given by She Skills personnel/sub-contractors
  • work within your limits and advise She Skills personnel if you are not comfortable performing a task
  • advise She Skills of any illness/injury which may inhibit your ability to undertake the workshop so that we can work together to find a safe alternative to complete the tasks

Social Media

She Skills is focused on increasing and improving the representation of women in non-traditional roles, whether that be in a domestic or vocational capacity. By sharing the images of women of all ages and abilities undertaking tasks that have traditionally been seen as masculine, we believe we are contributing to a future of greater choice for women (and men). We love to take lots of photographs and share them on our social media channels and we love it when our students share too!!

By participating in a She Skills workshop, you understand that your image may be used in She Skills social media, third parties and media and promotional material. However, we also respect your right to privacy, so if you are uncomfortable having your picture taken and shared online, please let the instructor know on the day of your workshop.


By participating in a She Skills workshop, you agree to receive the She Skills newsletter. Don't worry, we hate spam too and we will never share your information with any other organisation. You can unsubscribe at any time

Should you have any questions about any of these terms and conditions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Thank you

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01 October 2017 • Woodworking 101

Another great workshop from She Skills. It helped me to continue to build my confidence and to learn new skills and ways of working with wood. The instructor was knowledgeable, helpful and always available to assist and answer questions.


31 August 2017 • Woodworking 101

I thoroughly enjoyed Woodworking 101. The instructor was very informative, helpful and supportive, and she also had a good sense of humour. Unfortunately toothache kept me attending the second day of the course, but I learned quite a bit on the first day. Thank you so much. It's great to have places like She Skills. Women shouldn't have to call a handy"man" for every little thing.


24 August 2017 • Woodworking 101

This was a wonderful 2-day course where we learnt all about traditional woodworking and joinery skills. The first day was all about learning the basics and trying out a few different joints on a piece of practice wood. We learnt proper safety when using sharp blades, practised sawing in straight lines (harder than you think!) and chisel techniques for creating nice cuts and avoiding splitting the wood. Day 2 was all about putting our knowledge from day one into practice and creating our own individual project frames. This class was very well run by Carolyn who had a wealth of knowledge and shared it all with us in a down-to-earth, friendly and professional manner. A lot of thought has gone into planning these workshops - the timing of the class was well planned with time even set aside at the end of day 1 to start planning projects and get us thinking ahead of time about what we wanted to build. The classes are small enough to allow for lots of help and guidance from the instructor when needed, and to allow room for creativity when making your project frame on day 2. Everyone leaves with something unique to them! For anyone wanting to learn some new skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere, this class is well worth it!

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