DovetalesI was looking through some old issues (but not that old…) of PWM today and came across this column.

I’ll just say that I’m glad it didn’t last long.

As if the answers to woodworking questions are different for wom….Nope. Not gonna do it.

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Woodworker, writer, editor, teacher, ailurophile, Shakespearean. Will write for air-dried walnut.
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9 Responses to Er…

  1. lostartpress says:

    For wom…?
    Because woodworking id DEFINITELY different for wombats.
    Duh, woman.

  2. 1961sg says:

    Dovetales… strong enough for a man, pH balanced for a woman.

  3. Mark says:

    So I was searching the web trying to find out which editor was given charge of that particular column. My wife had opined that it was “probably some misogynistic man”. I didn’t have much luck on that count however, I did find two things. 1. A lot of people spell “dovetail” wrong, unless I’m unaware that the other spelling is also acceptable. And 2. I stumbled onto a pdf version of a 2010 PWM issue I had misplaced that contained a project my wife had asked for. Yes, I know I can buy them and download them but it’s still nice to get a freebie now and then. I also ran across a few references to the old Woodworking magazine. Nothing against today’s PWM but that was a well done, classy magazine that I really miss.

    • fitz says:

      Nope – it was not. And I get it – there are classes (I’ve taught one) called Woodworking for Women, and some women do seem to feel more comfortable learning what is traditionally a craft in which men are more involved in the absence thereof. But to my mind, the best way to change gender assumptions is to not perpetuate any sort of divide. That’s easier said than done, of course (and I joke all the time about glitter paint and heart cutouts…I shouldn’t do that). I could write reams on it…but I’ll spare you.

      And I’m fairly certain “dovetale” in this instance was a bit of wordplay.

      I miss WM, too – and note that I’m trying to subtly infuse more of its spirit into PWM.

      • Mark says:

        For what it’s worth, I’d encourage you to get your views on women and woodworking out there in some form or another. I think the idea that it’s a guy’s club is more myth than reality. I’ve had the good fortune to meet quite a few women whom I’ve learned a great deal from who have skills that rival just about anything I’ve seen guys do. Anything I know about carving was taught to me by a local female woodcarver (thank you Christina). With Ms. Hultman’s voice now sadly absent from the blogging scene, it was especially nice to see you take up the challenge.

        • fitz says:

          Well in a nutshell, my views are that skills in any craft are unrelated to gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, politics, etc. and it’s a shame people aren’t always encouraged to try things because of some musty holdover view from what ought to be a bygone era. And I like unicorns that prance on rainbows and cry cupcake tears.

  4. I started to write a rather lengthy reply, but this isn’t the place for it. Simply put, a person should be able to do what they’re good at without any attention given to their gender. Off to the blog to unload.

    Tim Aldrich

  5. acornhouseworkshop says:

    Would fit right in with the Midwest Tool Collector’s Assn crowd.

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