top of page

SAWDUST: An Introduction to Building

With Maria Randall + Kate Hubbell | APRIL 24 - 28

Sawdust Event Image

Join us this April for a hands-on workshop on the basics of carpentry in a welcoming space for beginners of different ages and genders, queer carpenters, creatives of all kinds and those unfamiliar with building. Our focus is on creating a supportive environment for everyone while we construct two sheds from the ground up! You’ll gain confidence with power tools and an introduction to stick-framed structures that is applicable to the building of cabins, tiny houses, sheds and more. During these five days, students will learn to use hand and power tools comfortably and safely, measure and cut precisely, build and erect walls, build a roof, and install doors and windows. No prior experience is necessary. Learn to build a structure start to finish by doing it with your own hands!

We’ll cover:

  • Safety guidelines & mindset

  • How to measure, mark and cut accurately

  • Using the chop saw, drill & impact

  • Reading plans

  • Dimensional Lumber & dealing with cupping & twisting

  • Building and erecting walls

  • Rafters & Roofing 

  • Weatherproofing

  • Windows & doors - openings and install


We offer 3 full scholarships for Black, Indigenous and People of Color [BIPOC] folks in each session. As well as 3 Work Trade spots in each session. If interested please select 'BIPOC Scholarship' OR 'Work Trade' when registering via the link below. For more information about the work trade exchange, go to the Work Exchange page.

*Payment Plans: We do offer payment plans for most of our workshops. We can accept payments divided into 2-3 installments paid over a 3 month period. For more details and to set up a payment plan please EMAIL US with the name of the Workshop you wish to attend and 'Payment Plan' in the subject line.

REFUND POLICY: Full refunds or workshop credit available up to 10 days prior to the event. Please inform us if you cannot attend an event up to 10 days prior [including Scholars and Work Traders]! Refunds/credit within the 10 days prior to the event may be available on a case-by case basis, please reach out to


Maria Randall headshot

Maria Randall is a woodworker, designer, artist and mama. She’s passionate about craft, relationship to place, and how story-making makes our lives. She carries a value for building our practical capacities as a community, with hospitality and care, which she’s excited to share with carpentry! She loves working with textiles, plants, paint, and myth.

Kate Hubbell has followed a two-laned path of teaching and working in the trades. These days she is mostly a carpenter and a mom, but she’s also worked as a natural builder, a tile setter, and a kindergarten teacher. She loves introducing and teaching basic carpentry skills to others and holds a strong belief that anybody who wants to, should feel capable and empowered to build and repair our world and that it is all of our collective work to dismantle systems that oppress or hold back others. 

Kate Hubbell headshot
bottom of page