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10 Female Woodworkers to Follow

Last Updated on February 13, 2021

In a traditionally male-dominated space it is absolutely incredible and inspiring to see so many female woodworkers taking the lead online.

When I started woodworking in 2012 there were very few female woodworkers in this space. And the ones that were around I had to REALLY search for.

Slowly I started seeing women woodworkers show up in my Pinterest feed and Google searches and it was so impactful to actually see women pursuing the hobby I was dreaming of.

I didn’t realize how important it was for me to see other women in woodworking, but witnessing their confidence is what ultimately led me to feel bold enough to pick up my first power tool.

I am total believer that seeing ‘people like you’ represented can have a real impact on what you believe you’re capable of. (conciously or subconciously)

So that’s why I think it is so important to share with you these women who are making waves in the woodworking world.

10 Female Woodworkers You Should Know

Mama Needs a Project

Yep, that’s me! I am so passionate about helping women take action on those DIY projects they’ve been dreaming of and finally get started. I truly believe that working with your hands can change your life – it is SO empowering! And I want you to feel that empowerment!

I provide beginner woodworking tutorials and woodworking education to help you gain confidence and start your woodworking journey. I’m always rooting for you and I’m so ready to be your cheerleader as you pursue this amazing hobby.

Ana White

You can find free woodworking plans for everything under the sun on Ana White’s website. Projects within her huge database range from beginner to advanced. My husband and I built our very first project from her website almost 6 years ago! Since then I’ve used her plans for several other projects. 

Handmade Haven

Ashley Basnight from Handmade Haven has created a resource FULL of woodworking plans, tool tutorials and educational information for beginner woodworkers. Her projects are absolutely beautiful!

Shanty 2 Chic

Shanty 2 Chic is another great site to find tons of free woodworking plans for a range of skill sets. The majority of the plans tell you how much you can expect to spend, which is great when you’re trying to build inexpensively. You can also find tutorials for tool use and lots of great information for beginners.

Anika’s DIY Life

Anika Gandhi at Anika’s DIY Life is a fantastic resource for beginner woodworkers. Her woodworking plans are simple and totally approachable. She also creates video content to lead you through many of the projects featured on her blog.

Toolbox Divas

Timisha from Toolbox Divas has created a HUGE website featuring not just woodworking, but so many home DIY projects. Her focus is home remodeling on a budget and the spaces she creates are amazing.

Reality Daydream

I have been following Reality Daydream for years! Bethany and her husband share a variety of woodworking projects, sewing tutorials and craft ideas. Right now they are renovating their house and sharing the whole process on their blog. She is incredibly creative and so relatable.

Live Pretty on a Penny

Erin Marshall’s blog Living on a Penny showcases her amazing eye for design. She tackles budget friendly home DIY projects, room remodels and DIY organization (plus lots more). The photography on her site is stunning and her projects are just so pretty. Just click over to her site and you’ll see what I mean.

Jaime Costiglio

I have been following Jaime Costiglio for a long time, as well. She has a huge range of free projects and tutorials on her site. I especially love her section of projects that use scrap wood – I hate feeling like I’m wasting all the little leftover pieces from big projects. These small projects are a great place to start for beginners.

Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse is another amazing female woodworker. She has a ton of building tutorials on her website along with tool reviews and recommendations. Her projects range from small, beginner projects to large furniture like beds and tables. I love seeing the ideas she comes up with.

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9 Comments

  1. I just found your page when looking up other female woodworkers and had to laugh…your “bio” is exactly what my daughter always says about me! “oh oh mama needs another project”…or… “mama will figure it out”! I’m definitely not a professional woodworker but can always come up with something that is functional.
    Looking forward to browsing around your site. I just opened my own woodworking shop to start teaching community classes that are geared towards youth and women. Love the ideas that all these great women have on their sites as it makes it a lot easier for me to come up with something functional that women will enjoy building, while learning basic woodworking skills! Thanks for being out there for up and comers like myself.
    Randii Waddell
    SawRise Woodworks

  2. Leah from See Jane Drill is a very good resource for learning things from the beginner level to intermediate. I’ve learned a lot from her.

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