Basementeers Introduction to Tools Workshop

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Join us and the Basementeers of Sports Basement for this Introduction to Tools Workshop in San Francisco.

In this workshop you will learn tool use and safety, team building and have fun doing it!

You will be trained to use a variety of shop tools and equipment to begin your woodworking adventure. Following your hands on training, you will form small groups, where you will collaborate to take a design from conceptualization to completion as you find solutions to everyday problems.

Date: November 14

Participants will learn how to use the miter saw (chopsaw), jig saw & power drill and work in small groups to make something from a prompt revealed at the workshop.

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Location: Sports Basement on Bryant Street in San Francisco.

Price: $25-50 sliding scale

Register: Here


How the event will go:

6:00p - 6:05p Meet and Greet

6:05p - 6:15p Ground Rules

6:15p - 7:00p Tool Training

7:00p - 7:45p Project Time

7:45p - 7:55p Reset Shop

7:55p - 8:00p Closing Circle


What we promise you will get from this event is tool training, team building, confidence and fun using woodworking tools.

Please note that this is a skill building workshop. Participants will work in small groups to design and build something that will allow them to practice the new skills they learned. Individuals will not be making an item to take home with them.


Who we are:

Dykes with Drills workshops are committed to 4 goals:

1. Giving people independence and confidence when using power tools

2. Creating communities of people through project based collaboration

3. Learning from our mistakes

4. Accessibility both financially & physically; no one turned away for lack of funds

If you want more information or to get in contact with us directly, email us at info@dykeswithdrills.com


Financial Aid:

Need financial aid? Ask us! We want to make sure this event is accessible to you and prioritize aid to POC attendees.

Do you want to donate to make this workshop available to those who can’t afford it? Talk with us!


Accessibility:

Are you in a wheel chair? There is wheel chair access in the building, however not all of the tools are accessible or set up to be operated safely by someone in a wheel chair. Some modifications in the shop can be made if we know in advance that you are coming.

Do you have a low scent tolerance? We ask that our participants refrain from using extreme scents, though cannot guarantee the workshop space will be scent free. Please know that sawdust is present in the shop and we have masks available upon request.

Are you ASL? We currently don’t have translation available, and would love to work with you about how you can access our workshops.

The best thing to do if you are someone who has questions is to message us! We are happy to work with you and your needs.


Workshop Policies: 

Please review policies below before committing to a workshop.

  • All workshops are 18+; no woodworking experience necessary;

  • If Dykes with Drills needs to cancel a workshop, we will notify you 24 before the class and give you the option of refund or reschedule; and

  • If you are unable to attend your one-time workshop, email us 48-hours before the class starts. If you are unable to make your series class, email us one week before the class starts.

Dykes with Drills Introduction to Tools - Monthly Workshop @ 10am

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Dykes with Drills Introduction to Tools Monthly Workshop at the Rebuilding Exchange in Chicago

In this workshop you will learn tool use and safety, team building and have fun doing it!

We pick a project theme for every workshop, train you on a couple of tools that we will focus on to complete the project, then get to building for the rest of the workshop.

What we promise you will get from this event is tool training, team building, confidence and fun using tools.

Cost of attendance: $50
Registration available soon

Do you want to donate to make this workshop available to those who can’t afford it? Talk with us! 


Ages under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult, and approved by staff.

Have you already been through our workshop once? Come back to increase your skills!

Yes we call ourselves Dykes with Drills, and we are a group of builders inclusive of all gender non conforming, trans people and allies.


Accessibility! 

Are you in a wheel chair? There is wheel chair access in the building, however not all of the tools are accessible or set up to be operated safely by someone in a wheel chair. Some modifications in the shop can be made if we know in advance that you are coming. 

Do you have a low scent tolerance? We ask that our participants refrain from using extreme scents, though cannot guarantee the workshop space  will be scent free. Please know that sawdust is present in the shop and we have masks available upon request.

Are you gender non conforming? Bathrooms are available and can be set up as gender neutral upon all participant’s consent.

Are you ASL? We currently don’t have translation available, and would love to work with you about how you can access our workshops. We do have reading materials and much of the learning will be shown through actions.

The best thing to do if you are someone who has questions is to message us! We are happy to work with you and your needs

Dykes with Drills Happy Hour @ 7pm

Join us for a night out in Oakland at Lost & Found Beer Garden. If you are someone who is interested in learning more about events we offer, getting involved, or just want to be part of a community of queer builders, this is the event for you!

Note: we will NOT be using tools at this event.

When?

October 17th, 2019 @ 7pm

Yes we call ourselves Dykes with Drills, and we are a group of builders inclusive of all gender non conforming, trans people and allies. This event is all inclusive and open to anyone and everyone who wants to join.

Do you have questions about accessibility? Wheel chair access? Low scent? Vegan/Gluten free options? Asl or gender neutral bathrooms?

Message us! We are happy to work with you and your needs.

We are looking forward to collaborating and creating with you.

With love,

DWD

Dykes with Drills Introduction to Tools @ 10am

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In these workshops you will learn tool use and safety, team building and have fun doing it!

You will be trained to use a variety of shop tools and equipment to begin your woodworking adventure. Following your hands on training, you will form small groups, where you will collaborate to take a design from conceptualization to completion as you find solutions to everyday problems. Below are more details about the Fall Dykes with Drills Introduction to Tools.

October 12 - participants will learn how to use the miter saw (chopsaw), jig saw and power drill and work in small groups to make something that provides seating

Time: 10am - 2pm

Price: $50 - SOLD OUT

How the event will go:

10:00a - 10:05a Meet and Greet

10:05a - 10:15a Ground Rules

10:15a - 11:15a Tool Training

(short break)

11:30a - 1:30p Project Time

1:30p - 1:45p Group Share

1:45p - 2:00p Closing Circle

What we promise you will get from this event is tool training, team building, confidence and fun using woodworking tools.

Please note that this is a skill building workshop. Participants will work in small groups to design and build something that will allow them to practice the new skills they learned. Individuals will not be making an item to take home with them.


Who we are:

We call ourselves Dykes With Drills. By using the word “dyke”, we reclaim it from its history of oppression and exclusion. By using drills and other tools, we build communities of diversity and inclusion. Our community of builders includes people of all sexualities and genders, including those who are non-conforming, transgender, and allies.

We create equity for women, transgender, and gender non-conforming folx in the trades and construction industry. By hosting tools workshops, volunteer events, job referrals and meet-ups, we cultivate opportunities for individuals to connect with each other and to use power tools. In everything we do, we foster safe, inclusive, non-judgmental spaces for learning and teaching.

Dykes with Drills workshops are committed to 4 goals:

1. Giving people independence and confidence when using power tools

2. Creating communities of people through project based collaboration

3. Learning from our mistakes

4. Accessibility both financially & physically; no one turned away for lack of funds

If you want more information or to get in contact with us directly, email us at info@dykeswithdrills.com


Financial Aid:

Need financial aid? Ask us! We want to make sure this event is accessible to you and prioritize aid to POC attendees.

Do you want to donate to make this workshop available to those who can’t afford it? Talk with us!

Accessibility:

Are you in a wheel chair? There is wheel chair access in the building, however not all of the tools are accessible or set up to be operated safely by someone in a wheel chair. Some modifications in the shop can be made if we know in advance that you are coming.

Do you have a low scent tolerance? We ask that our participants refrain from using extreme scents, though cannot guarantee the workshop space will be scent free. Please know that sawdust is present in the shop and we have masks available upon request.

Are you ASL? We currently don’t have translation available, and would love to work with you about how you can access our workshops.

The best thing to do if you are someone who has questions is to message us! We are happy to work with you and your needs.

Workshop Policies: Please review policies below before committing to a workshop.

  • All workshops are 18+; no woodworking experience necessary;

  • If Dykes with Drills needs to cancel a workshop, we will notify you 24 before the class and give you the option of refund or reschedule; and

  • If you are unable to attend your one-time workshop, email us 48-hours before the class starts. If you are unable to make your series class, email us one week before the class starts.

Dykes with Drills in Denver

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Join Dykes with Drills at our first happy hour in Denver Colorado this Friday, October 11.

When? 5 PM to 7 PM at Blush in Blue bar for drinks community and fun.

Please note: we will not be using tools at this event. If you have questions about accessibility please message us.

We look forward to meeting you this Friday!

Tiny House for Homeless Youth Community Project


DYKES WITH DRILLS IS PARTNERING WITH YOUTH SPIRIT ARTWORKS

We are building one of 12 tiny houses in a tiny house village for homeless youth.

In January 2016, youth at YSA initiated a community organizing campaign to build a Youth Tiny House Village in the San Francisco East Bay. They are working in partnership with non-profit developer Housing Consortium of the East Bay and the local interfaith community to complete a multi-face, community-led Village that is designed by the young people it will benefit. The Village will feature:

  • 14 secure 8′ x 10′ Tiny Houses with lofted beds, windows, skylight, storage, electricity, furnishings

  • On-site, clean communal bathrooms and showers

  • A kitchen yurt for residents to cook weekly communal meals and securely store their own food

  • Community gathering space for meetings

  • Associated jobs training program through YSA

  • Associated social services through YSA

  • Restorative justice covenant and community process

  • On-site Resident Assistant who lives in the community

In addition to a prototype built in 2017, YSA has built two houses in March and April of 2019 and will be building 12 houses in August and September. 


WE ARE ACTIVELY RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS

We need the help of our community to building one of the 12 remaining houses by exclusively women, trans and gender non conforming folks.

We have six build days and are looking for 12-15 volunteers each day.

The build days are:

  • August 17 & 18

  • August 24 & 25

  • September 7 & 8

While we don’t know the exact time of the build each day, we anticipate building from as early as 8am to as late as 5pm.

Please sign up as a volunteer by emailing us at dykeswithdrills@gmail.com.

To learn more about Youth Spirit Artworks click here.

Tiny House for Homeless Youth Community Project


DYKES WITH DRILLS IS PARTNERING WITH YOUTH SPIRIT ARTWORKS

We are building one of 12 tiny houses in a tiny house village for homeless youth.

In January 2016, youth at YSA initiated a community organizing campaign to build a Youth Tiny House Village in the San Francisco East Bay. They are working in partnership with non-profit developer Housing Consortium of the East Bay and the local interfaith community to complete a multi-face, community-led Village that is designed by the young people it will benefit. The Village will feature:

  • 14 secure 8′ x 10′ Tiny Houses with lofted beds, windows, skylight, storage, electricity, furnishings

  • On-site, clean communal bathrooms and showers

  • A kitchen yurt for residents to cook weekly communal meals and securely store their own food

  • Community gathering space for meetings

  • Associated jobs training program through YSA

  • Associated social services through YSA

  • Restorative justice covenant and community process

  • On-site Resident Assistant who lives in the community

In addition to a prototype built in 2017, YSA has built two houses in March and April of 2019 and will be building 12 houses in August and September. 


WE ARE ACTIVELY RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS

We need the help of our community to building one of the 12 remaining houses by exclusively women, trans and gender non conforming folks.

We have six build days and are looking for 12-15 volunteers each day.

The build days are:

  • August 17 & 18

  • August 24 & 25

  • September 7 & 8

While we don’t know the exact time of the build each day, we anticipate building from as early as 8am to as late as 5pm.

Please sign up as a volunteer by emailing us at dykeswithdrills@gmail.com.

To learn more about Youth Spirit Artworks click here.

Clear Air Mountain House - Retreat & Workshop @ Sierra City

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JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST DYKES WITH DRILLS RETREAT & WORKSHOP

On June 14th, 15th & 16th we will be spending the weekend at the Clear Air Mountain House in the town of Sierra City, CA (scent free, chemical free, fragrance free) completing stairs and railing for an outdoor deck, and enjoying the Yuba river and mountain area. 

This is a great retreat for:

- LGBTQI identified folks, with an emphasis on “dykes”

- People with no (or a lot, or anywhere in between) experience in building and construction using power tools.

- People who are open to the fragrance-free lifestyle!

- People who love hanging with LGBTQI builders

- People who are interested in enjoying the Yuba river/sierras for the weekend

Max is 10 participants, so sign up now! (see below)


WORK 

We will work on the deck half days (4 hours) - learning and building for the Clear Air Mountain House. The other half of the day we will be outside hanging out at the river or local trails (PCT), waterfalls or maybe even the nearby sierra hot springs. 

STAYING

Camping or staying in a room with beds (shared lodging with comfy beds, bedding provided). Please bring all of your own camping gear: tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, etc.)

EATING

Healthy food will be provided and all food allergies and preferences will be accommodated. There is space in coolers for any items you must have ;-)

IMPORTANT NOTE ON FF

To go on this particular retreat, due to the nature of the lodging, participants must go through a cleansing of fragrances using water and perhaps some Dr. Bronners in advance of arrival. This involves washing everything that is brought (including yourself) in fragrance free soap or baking soda. 

Fragrance free products - sunscreen, lotion, soap, shampoo, conditioner are available for use for free at the Clear Air Mountain House.  More instruction on this will come with sign up.

COST

$150-200 Sliding scale, with scholarships available for those unable to pay more than $75 (scholarship available for POC and Trans people).  

$75 for work trade involving chemical-free cleaning (with the option to stay until Monday).

The above rates include food, lodging or camping, and instruction!

THE TEAMWORK VIBE

We ask for help with meal prep, clean up and other teamwork moments. This is a mostly volunteer organized and led weekend and we ask for at least 1-2 hrs per person.

To reserve your spot : Email dykeswithdrills@gmail.com


BASIC SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY

Arrival

7pm-ish - Dinner

SATURDAY

8:30 - Wake up, breakfast

Half day focus on the work project, including lessons on how to use a power drill, impact driver,  circular saw, chop saw, speed square, measuring tape, and aspects of outdoor building, wood and finishing. 

12 or 1pm - Lunch provided

Half day focus on fun at the yuba or hiking!

7pm-ish - Dinner

Evening: flexible -- with optional mini-concert or jam by OutMusic Awardee live-looping singer-songwriter Irina Rivkin
11pm - quiet time for those who wish to sleep!

REPEAT SUNDAY

MONDAY - clean up. 

If you have any questions please reach out to us at dykeswithdrills@gmail.com

Cheers!

DWD

Clear Air Mountain House - Retreat & Workshop @ Sierra City

sierracity.jpeg

JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST DYKES WITH DRILLS RETREAT & WORKSHOP

On June 14th, 15th & 16th we will be spending the weekend at the Clear Air Mountain House in the town of Sierra City, CA (scent free, chemical free, fragrance free) completing stairs and railing for an outdoor deck, and enjoying the Yuba river and mountain area. 

This is a great retreat for:

- LGBTQI identified folks, with an emphasis on “dykes”

- People with no (or a lot, or anywhere in between) experience in building and construction using power tools.

- People who are open to the fragrance-free lifestyle!

- People who love hanging with LGBTQI builders

- People who are interested in enjoying the Yuba river/sierras for the weekend

Max is 10 participants, so sign up now! (see below)


WORK 

We will work on the deck half days (4 hours) - learning and building for the Clear Air Mountain House. The other half of the day we will be outside hanging out at the river or local trails (PCT), waterfalls or maybe even the nearby sierra hot springs. 

STAYING

Camping or staying in a room with beds (shared lodging with comfy beds, bedding provided). Please bring all of your own camping gear: tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, etc.)

EATING

Healthy food will be provided and all food allergies and preferences will be accommodated. There is space in coolers for any items you must have ;-)

IMPORTANT NOTE ON FF

To go on this particular retreat, due to the nature of the lodging, participants must go through a cleansing of fragrances using water and perhaps some Dr. Bronners in advance of arrival. This involves washing everything that is brought (including yourself) in fragrance free soap or baking soda. 

Fragrance free products - sunscreen, lotion, soap, shampoo, conditioner are available for use for free at the Clear Air Mountain House.  More instruction on this will come with sign up.

COST

$150-200 Sliding scale, with scholarships available for those unable to pay more than $75 (scholarship available for POC and Trans people).  

$75 for work trade involving chemical-free cleaning (with the option to stay until Monday).

The above rates include food, lodging or camping, and instruction!

THE TEAMWORK VIBE

We ask for help with meal prep, clean up and other teamwork moments. This is a mostly volunteer organized and led weekend and we ask for at least 1-2 hrs per person.

To reserve your spot : Email dykeswithdrills@gmail.com


BASIC SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY

Arrival

7pm-ish - Dinner

SATURDAY

8:30 - Wake up, breakfast

Half day focus on the work project, including lessons on how to use a power drill, impact driver,  circular saw, chop saw, speed square, measuring tape, and aspects of outdoor building, wood and finishing. 

12 or 1pm - Lunch provided

Half day focus on fun at the yuba or hiking!

7pm-ish - Dinner

Evening: flexible -- with optional mini-concert or jam by OutMusic Awardee live-looping singer-songwriter Irina Rivkin
11pm - quiet time for those who wish to sleep!

REPEAT SUNDAY

MONDAY - clean up. 

If you have any questions please reach out to us at dykeswithdrills@gmail.com

Cheers!

DWD

Clear Air Mountain House - Retreat & Workshop @ Sierra City

sierracity.jpeg

JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST DYKES WITH DRILLS RETREAT & WORKSHOP

On June 14th, 15th & 16th we will be spending the weekend at the Clear Air Mountain House in the town of Sierra City, CA (scent free, chemical free, fragrance free) completing stairs and railing for an outdoor deck, and enjoying the Yuba river and mountain area. 

This is a great retreat for:

- LGBTQI identified folks, with an emphasis on “dykes”

- People with no (or a lot, or anywhere in between) experience in building and construction using power tools.

- People who are open to the fragrance-free lifestyle!

- People who love hanging with LGBTQI builders

- People who are interested in enjoying the Yuba river/sierras for the weekend

Max is 10 participants, so sign up now! (see below)


WORK 

We will work on the deck half days (4 hours) - learning and building for the Clear Air Mountain House. The other half of the day we will be outside hanging out at the river or local trails (PCT), waterfalls or maybe even the nearby sierra hot springs. 

STAYING

Camping or staying in a room with beds (shared lodging with comfy beds, bedding provided). Please bring all of your own camping gear: tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, etc.)

EATING

Healthy food will be provided and all food allergies and preferences will be accommodated. There is space in coolers for any items you must have ;-)

IMPORTANT NOTE ON FF

To go on this particular retreat, due to the nature of the lodging, participants must go through a cleansing of fragrances using water and perhaps some Dr. Bronners in advance of arrival. This involves washing everything that is brought (including yourself) in fragrance free soap or baking soda. 

Fragrance free products - sunscreen, lotion, soap, shampoo, conditioner are available for use for free at the Clear Air Mountain House.  More instruction on this will come with sign up.

COST

$150-200 Sliding scale, with scholarships available for those unable to pay more than $75 (scholarship available for POC and Trans people).  

$75 for work trade involving chemical-free cleaning (with the option to stay until Monday).

The above rates include food, lodging or camping, and instruction!

THE TEAMWORK VIBE

We ask for help with meal prep, clean up and other teamwork moments. This is a mostly volunteer organized and led weekend and we ask for at least 1-2 hrs per person.

To reserve your spot : Email dykeswithdrills@gmail.com


BASIC SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY

Arrival

7pm-ish - Dinner

SATURDAY

8:30 - Wake up, breakfast

Half day focus on the work project, including lessons on how to use a power drill, impact driver,  circular saw, chop saw, speed square, measuring tape, and aspects of outdoor building, wood and finishing. 

12 or 1pm - Lunch provided

Half day focus on fun at the yuba or hiking!

7pm-ish - Dinner

Evening: flexible -- with optional mini-concert or jam by OutMusic Awardee live-looping singer-songwriter Irina Rivkin
11pm - quiet time for those who wish to sleep!

REPEAT SUNDAY

MONDAY - clean up. 

If you have any questions please reach out to us at dykeswithdrills@gmail.com

Cheers!

DWD