Being a nail gun wielding, woodworking maven is no longer unusual around Austin as the nationwide do-it-yourself movement continues to grow.For women who haven’t built their own decks or planter boxes, jumping into this power tool-filled DIY world can be somewhat intimidating.
Local nonprofit Women.Design.Build has been quelling DIY insecurities for nearly three years with design workshops for female participants, who tackle everything from basic maintenance projects to making cutting boards. While the popular hands-on classes might seem like just a fun way to spend an afternoon, the group’s collaborative and creative environment has empowered countless women — from military widows to single mothers — with a self-confidence that often continues long after class is dismissed.
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To learn more about Women.Design.Build or sign up for workshops, visit womendesignbuild.org.
Upcoming workshops include:
Saturday — Decking 101 at Eastside Lumber & Decking from 10 a.m.-noon. $25
June 8 — Cutting Board Making at Edwood Studio from 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. $56