An honest answer would be - we will see.
I want to open a creative space for women where we could together learn and practice some woodworking. I would be able to teach some basic woodworking so that women could get familiar with the tools that have the power to make our lives so much easier. And more beautiful.
Last time selling my spoons in Prenzlauer Berg I met a Croation lady. She is a single mother as I used to be and we talked about making things happen at home and in life in general. “Sure it would be nice to have someone around,” she started. “But it is always good to be able to do things by yourself.” I could tell, she is a woman who is always able to get things done. She is thinking about building her own business and I am sure she will be successful in it.
Coming back to the ability of being able to do things yourself. This is exactly what I have learned from my present relationship. My partner is not my handyman, as I am not his personal chef. I have to admit I have not always been thinking like this and changing the mentality of expecting someone to be there to fulfill my wishes was hard to change. This is why I really don`t understand the reason behind teaching girls how to be “real" girls and boys how to be boys. I come from post Soviet country and it amazes me how slowly useless gender stereotypes are disappearing. New role models are here useful here, this is why I wrote an article about female makers on YouTube, you can read it here.
About the woodworking studio. I don`t know if I am going to be able to open my Studio in September as I dreamed on the 1st of January. But I do know that I will meet my Wood Ladies for the very first time in September. I opened the registration on Monday and today there are only few free spots left.
You can sign up for the spoon carving workshop here:
I am also organizing a workshop in Dresden, you can sign up here:
Now I have only two months left to practice my own wood carving skill. I am very grateful for fellow woodworkers online with more skill and experience who share so kindly their knowledge with me. When I complained about my injured palms on Instagram, I got a lovely message from a woodworker from USA who sent me exact instructions how to work with less pain. With photos. Amazing how many good and caring people are out there.
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