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Construction
Skills for Women

WORKSHOP

Designed for women.

Learn the skill you need for your own DIY project

Go beyond the basics in this hands-on intensive. In this course, you will work under the instruction of skilled tradeswomen to frame and finish a small building. Construction Skills for Women will teach you the wide range of skills needed to embark on your own construction, renovation or DIY project!  If you are eager to learn and would like to do so in a safe, non-judgemental space, this is the course for you. 

This eight-day course takes place over three non-consecutive weekends, during which time you will be involved in every aspect of a build taking it from plans to framing to finishing. You will gain not only technical knowledge but also engage in teamwork, feel empowered and have a great time.  You’ll be wielding those power tools with confidence in no time!

 

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

During this course, you will learn about and gain hands-on experience with:

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Effective use of hand tools and power tools and when to use them

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Creating a safe jobsite and tool safety

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Construction terminology and basic jobsite math

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Measuring, marking and layout

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Wall framing and raising

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Roof framing and installation

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Installing doors, windows and trims

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Selecting and installing sheathing and siding

Reviews From Our Students

I would highly recommend Endeavour’s Design Your Own Sustainable Home workshop as an invaluable resource for anyone considering building their own green home. Chris has done a great job of organizing his knowledge and experience to help people on their journey toward responsible home building

Danielle Smart

I went in thinking I knew what I would include in my building, but by the first afternoon I was hooked on new ideas. Chris clearly explained alternatives and how each was impacted by the building code. Chris has accumulated a vast knowledge of design options and shared that information freely.

Mark Chislett

Chris at the Endeavor Centre is a natural teacher, effortlessly keeping the course on track while still leaving time for the participants to ask questions and take the discussion toward areas of mutual interest. His knowledge on all things sustainable building is endless! He has a great knack for breaking the ice ensuring an engaged and lively classroom and a super comfortable environment.

Anonymus

I took the 2-day course and got a lot more out of it than I thought I would. Highly recommended for those in the planning/dreaming phase of building, and for those interested in learning more about techniques and materials outside of conventional building. Chris is a very knowledgeable guy and was happy to answer my many additional questions. Would definitely recommend.

Anonymus

Chris is a patient, gifted teacher able to distill vast amounts of information into digestible pieces. His criteria based approach is a brilliant yet simple way to move toward a design solution that meets my unique needs and preferences. He openly shares the most important information of our time: how to turn the tables on greenhouse gas emissions by not only reducing but actually fixing carbon in new homes simply through choice of materials, while at the same time keeping costs on par with conventional homes.

Demystifying where to source materials or how to make home made building assemblies and finishes that he’s taken time to play with and figure out, this workshop is well worth taking the time to enjoy the so many ah-ha moments as Chris freely provides detailed information based on years (perhaps decades) of experience.

Nick Assad

This workshop is for you if:

 

You are inspired and self motivated to take on home and construction projects. You are excited to learn and dive into a hand-on learning experience with Endeavour!

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

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Course Duration & Hours

This course takes place over eight full days which are spread out over three non-consecutive weekends.  Each day will start at 9am and go until approximately 4pm, with a one-hour break for lunch and shorter breaks as needed throughout the day.

The first day will be spent in the classroom and workshop where you will get a breakdown of the plans for the build, learn a few basics and get comfortable marking and cutting wood. After that, the classroom moves outside to the jobsite, where you will be working on the build with periodic outdoor whiteboard sessions to go over key information.

What to bring

Safety boots are mandatory and all participants are expected to bring CSA-approved work boots or shoes.  No special clothing is needed,  however you should be careful to wear clothes that are comfortable and durable.

A reusable water bottle is recommended, and facilities for refills will be available at all times. Eye and ear protection will be provided, however if you are more comfortable bringing your own please feel free to do so.

Endeavour School will provide all the high-quality tools you need throughout this course – from power drills to pencils. While you are not required to provide any of your own tools, if you have tools at home you will be using on future projects, we recommend you bring them along so you can get used to using your tools!

And lastly, you will definitely want a notebook and pen to write down all the amazing information that will be coming your way during the classroom portion of this course.

What to bring

Safety boots are mandatory and all participants are expected to bring CSA-approved work boots or shoes.  No special clothing is needed,  however you should be careful to wear clothes that are comfortable and durable.

A reusable water bottle is recommended, and facilities for refills will be available at all times. Eye and ear protection will be provided, however if you are more comfortable bringing your own please feel free to do so.

Endeavour School will provide all the high-quality tools you need throughout this course – from power drills to pencils. While you are not required to provide any of your own tools, if you have tools at home you will be using on future projects, we recommend you bring them along so you can get used to using your tools!

And lastly, you will definitely want a notebook and pen to write down all the amazing information that will be coming your way during the classroom portion of this course.

INSTRUCTORS FOR THIS COURSE

Experienced & knowlegeable

  • November 21, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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