Introduction to New England Porch Weave
Sunday, June 5th, 2022, 9am-3pm

Welcoming All People to Carpentry


BIPOC and LGBTQ+ encouraged to register!

WBT’s mission:

Our crew of instructors strive to provide a safe, accessible, inviting and collaborative environment for anyone interested in learning the confident operation of power and hand tools. We will empower participants to tackle carpentry projects from initial conception to planning, material acquisition, and construction. By building together we encourage one another to feel capable of joining the trades, to develop skills for self-reliance and sustainability, and to rely on the communities that grow out of these workshops for support in our future endeavors.

We're excited to announce our Introduction to New England Porch Weave workshop taught by Patty Morini, on Sunday, June 5th. This is Part 1 in a chair caning series and will be for porch rockers/chairs only (see below). Other caning techniques will be addressed in future workshops.


The goals for the workshop are to use a critical eye to ensure the chairs are structurally sound, practice setting up a warp and weaving a seat/chair back during class. There are ten spots available, so act fast! 

We are asking that participants bring a chair frame with them to weave. The chair should be painted/stained/oiled to your liking prior to the workshop. If you have an old chair, inspect the joints and integrity of the wood, we can do minor fixes at the workshop but nothing major. Old finish is totally acceptable if you like it that way. If the woven seat is still on the chair, please leave it on. We will remove it during class. If you don't have a chair of your own please don't hesitate to sign up. We will help you find one before the class date.


We will be opening registration to ages 12+, as there are no power tools necessary for this skill! All attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Cost: $55 for solo registrants, $85 for partners working on the same chair (scholarships are available, please contact 12alheath@gmail.com)

Location: TBD, either Norway or Bryant Pond.


Check back for future workshops!

History: In the fall of 2020, CEBE partnered with a local contractor, Maine Passive House, to run an introduction to carpentry workshop for women called She Built This. During our planning process, we received feedback that our event description and name could be perceived as exclusive to a number of communities we wish to welcome to the trades through these workshops. In the interest of embodying the driving force of encouraging diversity in the trades, we began a rebranding process. Through the hard work of our past participants and other community members, we have renamed these workshops, "We Built This." 

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Thank you to our 2021 event sponsors! This series was also made possible by generous support from the Maine Community Foundation.


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N. Morini and Sons Builders