Therapeutic Carpentry


Carpentry for survivors of domestic abuse.

Running Deer’s Therapeutic Carpentry project was aimed at women and men who are survivors of domestic violence and abuse.

Our green woodworking and carpentry courses helped to build self confidence; create a “can-do” approach; increase self-reliance; fuel creativity/ creative thinking; question gender roles (overcoming domestic abuse); increase problem solving ability in everyday life and improved self-esteem.

Therapeutic Carpentry

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These courses were designed for survivors, both female and male, of domestic violence and abuse.  Run by our qualified carpenter, Astrid Arnold who has worked with Running Deer on several of our projects over the years, our green woodworking and carpentry courses were funded by the Big Lottery Awards for All scheme.

There were two levels of courses:

  • Basic green woodworking and carpentry: Tuesday 10am – 2pm
  • Intermediate carpentry: Wednesday 10am to 2pm

Course content:

  • introduction to and use of some common woodworking tools (handsaw, screwdriver, drill, trysquare, plane)
  • guide to how and from where to source materials
  • making a basic woodworking tool (bench hook)
  • introduction to wood finishes ( oil, varnish, paint)
  • introduction to fixings and how to attach wood to different surfaces (like brick, stone, plaster and wood)
  • guide to tool sharpening
  • making a woodworking shelter in the woods
  • creating a woodwork project

The project enabled participants to feel empowered to continue and expand on their new skills.

If you are a local or national business interested in sponsoring a Therapeutic Carpentry course please contact us.


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