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Come and learn how to make the ancient and revered 'dovetail' joint in our 2 day introduction to joinery workshop. The dovetail is an extremely strong joint most commonly used in drawers, boxes, chests and furniture making. In this course you'll also learn about wood types and sustainable timber, how to use a range of traditional hand tools, putting these skills into action to make your own tool tote box! This is a two day weekend course running from 9.00am-5.00pm


These workshops are for anyone who identifies as a woman & any other marginalised gender (trans and non-binary inclusive!)

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What does the day entail?

Taught by Rae, you will learn:

- Principals around joinery and why it's used

- How to pick wood for your projects: different wood types and sustainable timber in the UK

- How to measure and mark accurately with engineer squares and sliding bevels. 

- How to use a variety of handheld tools such as Japanese pull saws to cut a straight line, and chisels to remove waste and refine edges 

- How to make a simple tool tote box with dovetail joints

The aim of the day is not to leave with a perfect finished product, but to have built up your confidence, skills set and knowledge at your own pace - our workshop is pressure free. Importantly, this is a space to enjoy time for yourself and lean in to the magic of woodwork, not set unkind expectations on your productivity! That being said, if you're determined and passionate there's no limits to what you might achieve in a session! 

We have a small class size for high quality experience: max 5 participants.

Who is this course for?

These sessions are suitable for confident beginners, or those with some woodwork experience. Some experience using a hand saw and an electric drill is ideal, however if you are a positive learner and willing to expect some challenge then this course is for you too! Please reach out by email if you have any queries regarding your experience level.

Sliding Scale Tickets


We are running these workshops on a fair pricing scale, much lower than average similar course prices. We also set our tickets on a sliding scale to provide a more accessible option to those on lower incomes. Our 'pay it forward' options are a little extra for those able to help us make the low income spaces available. We'll leave it in your hands as to how much you're able to contribute, but please take a look at the helpful infographic below for guidance and a fair perspective.

 Low-income £120 // Standard £160 // Pay it forward £200. (prices for both days - based on the cost of materials, facilitator time, project/admin costs and refreshments)

We rely on a community centred and conscious mindset from those participating to contribute fairly.


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About Rae:

Rae is a non-binary woodworker specialising in small mobile dwellings. Having trained in furniture making and timber framing, they are comitted to making these skills more accessible through facilitating community builds and tailored learning environments. 

Important information

- Please arrive at the workshop at 8.45am ready for your induction - Wear appropriate shoes - no sandals or flip flops - Please bring your own packed lunch. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided! - Currently, these sessions are for participants age 18 or over but we welcome minors 15 - 17 when accompanied by a parent/guardian.  - Covid Precautions: Please do not attend if you have any symptoms or have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19. We have shared ear defenders sand safety glasses but if you'd like to avoid sharing these items please bring your own. - Unfortunately the current toilet on site is not wheelchair accessible, however if you require one please get in touch and we will organise a solution! :)

How to get here and travel considerations

Google Maps Location: In Her Hands Workshop, Manor Farm, Buncton, Washington Rd, Steyning BN44 3DD DO NOT FOLLOW THE POST CODE - follow google maps pin. You’ll come off the A283 and come down a thin gravel track. Our yard is the first right, and you will see our barn.  ​ Unfortunately public transport access to the countryside is pretty abysmal, despite the workshop being very close to many towns and the city. At the moment we can't offer any guaranteed lifts or pick ups to the workshop - please email us well in advance if you need a nearby bus-stop pick up. Please see HERE for a few researched public transport options.



"I loved the progression and process of taking apart a pallet and creating a different object. The emphasis was on using a free resource and regenerating it into something new. The pace was very relaxed allowing for discussion and questions. The teaching was respectful, detailed and totally practical which I really enjoyed. I use the word 'respectful' as the workshop was deliberately not oversubscribed because the facilitators were keen to foster a safe and intimate space in the workshop to enable the participants to get the focus and attention they needed. I felt totally catered for and would definitely recommend this experience to anyone."

"Every part of it was interesting, relevant, useful and excellently delivered! 

I found Georjie's approach was fantastic for supporting me to feel welcome, comfortable, able to ask questions, try/explore tools and techniques that were new to me - and generally to learn. Her approach shows clearly her knowledge and skills she's learned, whilst also she seems to remember how it is to be brand new to something, and explains everything very well."

"The perfect balance of instruction, opportunity to try without being too closely watched, and an offer of support at just the right time (before I lost confidence). Very natural, intuitive and supportive teaching."

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