Show me the ropes
Most of my skills came from watching my Dad do small projects around the house. Later I just taught myself, & gleaned what I could working alongside both good and bad carpenters & contractors. I asked a lot of questions. No one seemed to mind that at all.
I don’t run across many women on construction sites. I’m not sure if it’s because
- they’re not wired that way, or
- because it’s a stereotype that only guys swing hammers or
- because they want to but are afraid or don’t know how.
- Or some combination of all of those.
Cookies to Libraries!
I scarfed up several boxes of Girl Scout cookies from a local setup a few weeks ago. While I was there I asked if they would be interested in learning how to use tools like drills & saws. The response was a resounding YES!
When they told me an upcoming project for their troop was a Little Free Library, & asked if I’d like to volunteer, I said “Sure!”.
LFL’s are just cool things, all the way around. The troop leaders explained that girls & women who read are more likely to go on to higher education & ultimately have more success in their lifetimes. (I didn’t know that!) These libraries are dotted all over the world (& even have their locations mapped).
A few email exchanges later, with plans & materials in hand, we got together for our first LFL building meeting. First, I showed them how to measure & mark the cuts we were going to make.
After a few practice cuts to get the feel & weight of the saw, they went to it!
The two hours blew by & we did get all the pieces cut, but only had a few minutes for assembly:
Just look at those faces! So focused & eager to help – really good kids. They were observant, careful, very safe & conscientious. A few were too timid to try the circular saw, but they jumped all over using the drill once I got the first screws started.
Next meeting is in April where we’ll finish assembly! Stay tuned for a write up on that one.