GET HANDY, WOMEN GENDER NO BARRIER TO DIY
MEN are the traditional menders and fixers but one Sydney carpenter is urging women to get in on the game.
“Being handy is about being empowered and being able to do things yourself,” Rebecca Tyndall, owner of Willow and Wood home furniture business, said.
“It gives you independence and a sense of pride.”
Ms Tyndall learned how to build furniture by watching her father – a builder and now her business partner – from a young age.
The experience taught her simple DIY but she said any woman could learn the basics – it was just a matter of knowing where to look.
“Look on the internet for small projects or type ‘How do I do this?’ into a web browser. It’s a treasure trove of how-to.
“Videos are also great because they show – rather than tell – people how to do things,” she said.
Ms Tyndall recommended women start off by buying a small tool such as a drill or sander and aim to complete a simple project.
“It could just be hanging a picture in a brick wall. A lot of women would say, ‘Oh no I can’t do that,’ but after you’ve done it a couple of times, it’s easy,” she said.
Ms Tyndall compared using power tools to using an electric mixer in the kitchen.
“The more you do it, the better you get,” she said.
Rebecca Tyndall of Willow and Wood is urging women to get handy at home.