Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Woodworking for Women

Gain the confidence to work with wood. An introduction to hand tools and small power tools. 5 day course with Martha Collins.


Woodworking for Women



An Introduction to Working with Hand Tools and Power Tools

This five-day introductory course is intended to build confidence, demystify woodworking through use of hand tools and power tools, and excite students for further engagement with wood. The class project will be a serving tray.  Different design and construction elements will be examined with the final design being determined by the student.

The class is also planning a guided trip to our fabulous and friendly local wood supplier, Edensaw.

Class Description

This class is intended to give you a broad overview of different approaches to woodworking through exposure to a combination of hand tools and power tools. Topics include:

1. Understanding the nature of wood as a material

  • How to read grain

  • How wood moves

  • How to select for stability and function

2. Introduction to hand tools

  • How to use a hand saw

  • Lay out for precision joinery

  • Finish a joint with a chisel

  • Use a hand plane to create smooth finished surfaces

  • Joint a board (make a straight edge)

3. Techniques for joining wood together with joinery and power tools

4. Overview of power tools and stationary machines

  • Chop saw

  • Drill press

  • Bandsaw

  • Cordless drills/bits
    And if time:

  • Drum sander

  • jigsaw

5. Introduction to the lumber yard: a trip to Edensaw Hardwoods

 More questions? Ask Martha


You do not need to bring any tools for this class


Enthusiasm and a passion to learn woodworking. And smiles!

Class Information and Registration

Class starts at 9:00am on the first day in Building 315.
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $750
Materials Charge: $ 50

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.