Women's Basic
Carpentry Class

Women’s Basic CarpentryRegister Now WA

April 12-15, 2018 (full),  May 10-13, 2018, 

July 19-22, 2018 (full),   or   August 2-5, 2018

Why Women’s Carpentry?

Lets face it.  In this culture, it’s much more likely for male-bodied people to be more comfortable with tools and carpentry than female-bodied people.  Year after year during our natural building class, we received feedback from women that it would be super-helpful to have a class specifically geared towards getting women acquainted with tools and basic carpentry.  Our bodies are different, our backgrounds are likely different, and so we need a class just for ourselves!  This class is intended to get ladies up-to-speed on basic building skills, working with wood, and using hand-tools as well as power-tools.

Focus is placed on creating a safe, comfortable, relaxed and fun learning environment in which students with beginning to intermediate skill levels can thrive.  We focus on helping each student learn rather than the progression of projects. 

Ladies, prepare to tame those mythical beasts (power tools) and make them part of your building repertoire.

What to expect: Learn Basic Carpentry Skills

During this four-day workshop, we will cover basic carpentry skills and the fundamentals of choosing and using the right tools for different jobs, as well as the maintenance of everything needed to complete a carpentry project. And you can expect this wealth of information to be tailored specifically for women and women’s bodies.

Note: Participants who are camping are encouraged (but not required) to arrive on the evening before class starts to get settled in.

Day 1:  Tools, Tools, Tools & Women’s Empowerment!

Our theme of the day is women’s empowerment and helping you learn the essentials of a basic carpentry class.  We’ll have an overview of how to learn carpentry, tool choices, ergonomic use and maintenance.  Whether you are building a bird house, bathroom shelves, a bike shed or a log cabin, the right tools make all the difference.

Day 2:  Carpentry Basics – Get Competent with Tools

Practice making cuts; using levels, speedy squares and other tools; fastening boards; and working together getting your hands, mind, and bodies on projects around the land.

Day 3:  The Next Level – Building Designs and Personal Projects

Go to the next level with group projects and improve your understanding of simple building design.  Design and start your personal project.

Day 4:  Putting It Together – Carpentry Training and Hands-On Woodworking Project

Build your own simple project to take home!  We ask students to decide what they want to make before the class so that we can have materials waiting on-site.  You can make your very own rustic and simple shelf, bed-frame or other simple project.  Materials for these projects will be offered to students at-cost.

Local Accommodations

While some locals prefer to commute to Wild Abundance from Asheville, students from the area and out of town are welcome to pitch a tent in one of our flat camping spots in the woods or field, or to tie a hammock in the forest on our seven-acre property.  We strongly suggest bringing a very warm sleeping bag and bedding during cold months.  We do have a fully functioning outdoor kitchen and bathroom, though in extremely cold weather, sometimes one or both are out of operation due to the water freezing.

If you prefer something more conducive to creature comforts, we suggest browsing Airbnb (there are a few within walking distance of the school) or checking out a local motel within a 10-15 minute drive to Wild Abundance.

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"Thanks to you I now have an impact driver and drill kit, a skill saw, speed and carpenter squares. I've finished my first project! This was immensely gratifying. My dad and husband helped me on the roof but I did the rest myself. I hope you're well and I can't thank you enough. I love my scooter shed!"
- Annie Sellick, Nashville Jazz Singer (http://www.anniesellick.com/)


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Registration Info Register Now WA

We strive to make our classes accessible to those who wish to learn. Please pay on the sliding scale what you can afford, given your income.

The following are included in the price of the course: instruction, optional camping, and facility use (kitchen, bathroom).  

Women’s Basic Carpentry Pricing

April 12-15, 2018 FULL

May 10-13, 2018

      • Early-Early Bird Price: through February 23, 2018:      $500-$650
      • Early Bird Price: February 24 – April 20, 2018:      $550 – $800
      • Late Bird Price: May 2 – May 9, 2018      $650 – $900

July 19-22, 2018 FULL

August 2-5, 2018

      • Early-Early Bird Price: through February 23, 2018:      $500-$650
      • Early Bird Price: February 24 – April 20, 2018:      $550 – $800
      • Late Bird Price: April 21 – August 2, 2018      $650 – $900


We will also be running an Advanced Women’s Carpentry Class on August 6-9 this year.  If you take the Women’s Basic Carpentry, you will be qualified to take the Advanced class.  We have a separate price if you want to register for both classes together.

PRICING FOR WOMEN’S CARPENTRY PACKAGE: Women’s Basic Carpentry PLUS Advanced Women’s Carpentry

  • Early-Early Bird Price: Now – February 16, 2018: $850 – $1150
  • Early Bird Price: February 17 –April 20, 2018: $950 – $1200
  • Late Bird Price: April 21 – July 13, 2017: $1000 – $1250

Registration will be processed when payment is received

To register, please complete the registration form (by clicking the button above) and then make payment. Registration will be processed upon receipt of payment.  

Expect to receive a confirmation email within one week of sending payment. Additional emails will cover logistical details as the adventure approaches.  

Click here to see our policy on refunds, payment plans and work-trade opportunities.

Also, feel free to read our Frequently Asked Questions.