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 5 day introductory course is intended to build confidence, de-mystify 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.