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Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man's World [NOOK Book]

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Since women started working in the trades in the 1970s, very little has been published about their experiences. In this provocative and important book, Kate Braid tells the story of how she became a carpenter in the face of skepticism and discouragement.

In 1977 when Braid was broke and out of work, her male friends encouraged her to apply as a labourer on a construction site on Pender Island, off the coast of British Columbia. She?d never ...
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Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man's World

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Overview

Since women started working in the trades in the 1970s, very little has been published about their experiences. In this provocative and important book, Kate Braid tells the story of how she became a carpenter in the face of skepticism and discouragement.

In 1977 when Braid was broke and out of work, her male friends encouraged her to apply as a labourer on a construction site on Pender Island, off the coast of British Columbia. She’d never heard of a woman doing this kind of work, but she was hired because (she later found out) the boss hoped that a woman onsite would improve the men’s performance. For the next fifteen years Braid worked as a labourer, apprentice and journeywoman carpenter, building houses, bridges and high-rises. She was one of the first qualified women carpenters in British Columbia, the first woman to join the Vancouver local of the Carpenters’ Union, the first to teach construction full-time at the BC Institute of Technology and one of the first women to run her own construction company. Though she loved the work, it was not an easy career choice but slowly she carved a role for herself, asking first herself, then those who would challenge her, why shouldn’t a woman be a carpenter?

Told with humour, compassion and courage, Journeywoman is the true story of a groundbreaking woman finding success in a male-dominated field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894759977
  • Publisher: Caitlin Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 973 KB

Meet the Author

Kate Braid worked as a receptionist, secretary, teacher’s aide, lumber piler, construction labourer, apprentice and journey-carpenter before finally “settling down”? as a teacher. She has taught construction and creative writing, the latter in workshops and also at SFU, UBC and for ten years at Vancouver Island University (previously Malaspina University-College). She is the author of A Well-Mannered Storm: The Glenn Gould Poems, Covering Rough Ground, To This Cedar Fountain and Inward to the Bones: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Journey with Emily Carr. In 2005 she co-edited, with Sandy Shreve, In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry. Braid’s second book of poems about her carpentry experiences, Turning Left to the Ladies, was published by Palimpsest Press. She lives in Burnaby, BC, with her partner.
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Table of Contents

1 dancing with lumber 11

2 madness and metaphor 23

3 pender island 37

4 head down, ass in the air 52

5 the best man for the job 69

6 contradictions 84

7 like sewing 93

8 slippery, sloping surface 102

9 shameless 114

10 union maid meets concrete 127

11 exotic dancing 144

12 how is a woman like a hammer

13 doing it right 184

14 the beauty of ply 197

15 right/left/left/right 211

16 dease lake 225

17 finding gold 240

18 what's in the flesh 259

acknowledgements & thanks 267

photo credits 271

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