Advanced Women’s Carpentry

August 15 - August 18, 2019

Learn to design and build your own buildings from the ground up!

We’ve had such awesome experiences with our Women’s Basic Carpentry Class, that we decided to offer something to take students to the next level. In the basic class, students learn how to use tools work on projects that help them get that knowledge in their bodies. Building on this foundation, the advanced class empowers women to design and build structures from the ground up.

Please note that our Advanced Women’s Carpentry Class is only available to those who have already taken the Women’s Basic Carpentry Class. We will be running several sessions this year, including: July 11-14 (FULL), July 18-21, August 8-11 and October 24-27.

drawing of woman with hammer


framing a floor in a women's carpentry course

Day 1: Foundations and Floors

We will introduce students to many types of possible foundations, including: slab on grade, rubble trench, block, stone, and post. Students will learn about laying out a building square using batter boards, and will work on either pouring (a) concrete footer(s), or installing a floor.


women doing woodworking

Day 2: Walls

Students will learn about the distinctions, advantages, and disadvantages of various wooden-framed wall systems, including: timber frame, post and beam, and “stick-framed,” or “stud” (referring to a vertical board, not a male identified person who likes to strut around) walls. We will explore different siding and paneling options. During this phase students will get their eyes and hands all over various systems. Then, we’ll work on a real-live walls, and learn how to build, erect, side, insulate, and panel them.


woman using a speed square for carpentry

Day 3: Roofs

The morning will begin with a talk on various roof shapes and framing systems. We’ll also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various roofing materials. Then, students will get to work on a real live roof.


door trim carpentry project

Day 4: The Finishing Touches: Windows, Doors, and Trim, Oh My!

We will work on filling in the rough openings made on the wall day with windows, maybe install a door, and, depending on how the class has gone, we might even delve into the complex and rewarding world of stairs.


The priority during this class is not progress on buildings, but rather the depth of learning of the students.

We put a lot of effort into making sure that there will be building projects at various phases in order for students to learn about the different parts of a building. Depending on the comfortable pace of the class and the whims of the building goddesses (or god, depending on your spiritual leanings), some of the specific projects might change.

We will work hard to assure a balance in the depth that students go in a particular project, and the breadth that the students explore on different projects to assure that students learning environment feels safe and healthy, and that we are not left with too many messes at the end of the class.


Instructors

Natalie Bogwalker

Natalie is the founder and director of the Wild Abundance.  She’s passionate about teaching and sharing skills that are essential for living harmoniously within the natural systems of the earth. She and her family live at the Wild Abundance homestead campus in the Southern Appalachians. Natalie spends her time harvesting in the wild, building, gardening, ...

Barron Brown

Barron is a truly amazing jack-of-all-trades. He learned timber framing, post-and-beam construction, log cabin construction, and much more from his grandparents when he was a child and teenager. He currently works as a sculptor, welder and builder, as well as teaching carving, blacksmithing, and building. Barron is a joy to learn from, as he weaves ...

Our Campus is Unconventional

To read about our facilities, including accessibility for alter-abled people, read about our Campus here.


Local Accommodations

Wherever you’re coming from, you’re welcome to pitch a tent in one of our flat camping spots in the woods or field, or to tie a hammock in the forest on our seven-acre property. If you live locally, you may prefer to commute to Wild Abundance from Asheville (25 minute drive). If you choose to camp, we strongly suggest bringing a very warm sleeping bag and bedding. We do have a lovely outdoor kitchen equipped with stove and running water, an outdoor shower, and an outhouse available to campers.  In extremely cold weather, sometimes these are out of operation due to the water freezing.

If you prefer something more conducive to creature comforts, we suggest browsing Airbnb or checking out some of the local motels and B&Bs within a 10-15 minute drive to Wild Abundance.

Below are a few local accommodations you might find to your liking:

Comfort Inn in Mars Hill, NC


Registration Info

We strive to make our classes accessible to those who wish to learn. Please pay on the sliding scale what you can afford, given your income. All women’s carpentry classes include lunches.

Pricing for Women’s Carpentry Package

Includes Basic and Advanced Women’s Carpentry

Please note that our Advanced Women’s Carpentry Class is only available to those who have already taken the Women’s Basic Carpentry Class. We will be running several sessions this year, including: July 11-14 (FULL), July 18-21, August 8-11 and October 24-27. 

  • Regular Price: February 28 – August 8, 2019: $1,250 – $1,800

 

Pricing for Advanced Women’s Carpentry Only

Please note that our Advanced Women’s Carpentry Class is only available to those who have already taken the Women’s Basic Carpentry Class, either this year or in previous years. We will be running several sessions this year, including: July 11-14 (FULL), July 18-21, and August 8-11.

  • Regular Price: February 28 – August 8, 2019: $650 – $950

The following are included in the price of the course: instruction, optional camping, and facility use (kitchen, outhouse). The Women’s Carpentry classes and Natural Building and Tiny House Workshop include lunches. The Permaculture Design Course has a meal plan option. 

To register, please complete the online registration by clicking on the “Register Now” button and then make your payment. Registration will be processed upon receipt of payment.

Expect to receive a confirmation email within one week of sending payment. Additional emails will cover logistical details as the date approaches.

Click here to see our policy on refunds, payment plans and work-trade opportunities.

Also, feel free to read our Frequently Asked Questions.