MoWIT, Carpenters to host free woodworking workshop for girls April 21

TRAINING THE NEW GENERATION: Alison Magee (second from left), an apprentice with Carpenters Local 664, explains the importance of using a level in carpentry to (left to right) Sophia Kinninger, Savannah Seel and Lainey Arrol during last year’s girls’ workshop. – Labor Tribune file photo



Missouri Women in Trades (MoWIT) and the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council’s Joint Apprenticeship Program are hosting a free half-day woodworking workshop for girls on Saturday, April 21.

The event, which includes lunch and materials, will be held at the Nelson-Mulligan Carpenters Training Center at 8300 Valcour Ave. in Affton from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants will learn how to use a hammer, drill, hand saw and level and will be taught specific skills by union craftswomen in closely monitored work stations. The girls will be building a wooden step stool they can take home.

While past workshops were held to help Girl Scouts earn their Woodworking Badges, this workshop is being offered to all girls ages 8 through 18.

“Realizing that not all girls are able to participate in the Girl Scouts, the workshop is open to all girls to give them the opportunity to learn the skills and introduce them to a trade they otherwise might not have considered,” said Lynda Mueller-Drendel, an instructor at the training center who’s organizing the workshop.

To RSVP or volunteer for the event, call 636-926-6948 or email


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