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Becoming a Member

Thanks for your patience!  We plan to start our Membership options in January 2023.

Learning woodwork and DIY skills is a never ending journey.  Wood is a natural and versatile material which is used extensively in NZ homes.  Learning to build a shelf, for example, provides you with skills and knowledge that can be applied to other home and garden projects. Practice grows confidence, and we want to offer the opportunity to do just that with our Membership.

Becoming a Member of WomenzShed not only allows you to ‘workout’ and practice skills you’ve learnt from our workshops, but also learn new skills by working on individual projects under the close supervision of our experienced team.*

Unlike memberships of community sheds and other maker spaces where learning is predominantly passive, our team actively guides your learning.

We aim to support women who are beginning their woodwork, DIY or trade journey as well as those who have some experience.

Check out our FAQs (frequently asked questions) below if you wish to learn more.

If you’re keen to register your interest, please click here.

Member FAQs

What does WomenzShed Membership give you?

Our first Membership trial is aimed at women who wish to continue their workshop learning journey under the guidance of an instructor.  It gives you access to expertise as well as all the tools and machinery in the extensive workshop, and the opportunity to learn how to use these effectively and safely in a supportive environment.  

How much does Membership cost?

Membership costs between $100-$150 per term (10 weeks long approximately in line with schools).  You choose your payment based on your ability to pay.  This flexible price model aims to enable women on a lower-income to join our Membership sessions.  

What does the fee cover?

The membership fee pays for workshop rental costs, tools and machinery wear and tear, use of consumables*, and expert instruction.  Numbers will be limited.

What can I bring in to work on?

Members can bring in their projects to work on.  Examples include shelves, chopping boards, drawers to fix, boxes, stools, etc.  The limiting factor is that projects must be suitable for the space available but do also consider its complexity.  A set of drawers, for example, is tricky even for an experienced woodworker so if you’re relatively new to woodworking, starting with something simple is the best way to go.

What if I don’t have anything to work on?

We can provide you with ideas for simple and more complex projects, and we are working on on kitsets (at extra cost) if you don’t feel ready to ‘have a go’ at your own project. 

Why are numbers limited?

We want our Members to feel they get value for money.  By limiting the number of people who use the space, we can ensure there is the time to provide meaningful support to all Members and ensure there is plenty of time to ask questions.  

Do I have to attend every session?

No. You pay for a 10 week period but if you can’t make any days, you are not obliged to come in.

I think I would prefer to join the Community Shed. Can I do that instead?

Yes! We are affiliated with Auckland Central Community Shed who take on both women and men (particularly retirees) though they usually require you to have enough relevant skills to work reasonably independently.

* consumables include PVA and sandpaper

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