GET HANDY, WOMEN GEN­DER NO BAR­RIER TO DIY

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Re­becca Isaacs Visit: wil­lowand­wood.com.au

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.

Pic­ture: VIR­GINIA YOUNG

Re­becca Tyn­dall of Wil­low and Wood is urg­ing women to get handy at home.

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