About Two Sheds
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Our Locations

4/65 Sternberg Cres Wanniassa ACT

67 Bega St Bega NSW

Australia-wide Schmickee-doo Woodwork for Kids

Our History

Two Sheds Workshop began in 2014 in an old timber garage in a backyard in the heart of Bega. Women’s workshops and an evening class were the first offerings. But soon the kids came – girls and boys wanted to learn woodwork too. We’d outgrown the shed! And so… a new workshop in Bega in 2017 and another in Canberra in 2019.

Since the inception in 2014 there have been 1,292 kid’s woodwork classes run, with 838 participant places filled including a conservatively estimated 65% recurring, returning participants. In our women’s workshops and classes 804 places have been taken up in 88 workshops run and in 2052 hours of ongoing classes. We are well on our journey to teach as many women and kids woodwork and carpentry skills as possible.  

In addition to woodwork skills we have recently added workshops to teach women how to build structures. These enable women to learn the skills and gain the confidence to shape their own physical environments and to build their own shelters. Over and over we have seen how empowered women are using tools to build a stool – so imagine how empowered they will be knowing how to build a room of their own.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Our mission at Two Sheds Workshop is to address the entrenched gender gap in the building industry by providing community-based women’s and children’s woodworking and carpentry skills programs.  We aim to teach as many women and children woodwork and building skills as we can making women and girls doing woodwork and building a normal occurrence in our communities.

 

Testimonials

What People are Saying

Amazing workshops for kids, great teachers and helpers. My boys absolutely loved the two workshops they have attended this school holidays. Thank you so much. Highly recommend.

Blake Haver

“Jo Saccomani is one of those people you bond with from the moment you meet. Jo has taught hundreds of women and children woodworking skills though her @twoshedsworkshop project. I met her some years ago in Bega and her project continues to go from strength to strength there and has also grown over to Canberra. Jo and her team bring a woodworking and carpentry skills programs to the community and it is a treat to see the uptake and excitement around the skills they impart. It is always a joy to catch up with Jo and this was at Cobargo preschool where she was helping families build bird, bat and possum boxes for a new habitat entry garden. What a great working bee of an afternoon it was as we prepared the first stage of the new habitat garden. Thanks for the care you share but more so the “can do” energy you instill in anyone willing to step up, step out and give carpentry and woodwork a go.”

Costa Geordiadis

Jo is such an amazing teacher! I literally couldn’t even hammer in a nail, let alone anything else! In a very short period of time, under her tuition, my confidence started to grow and within a few hours I felt completely confident in everything I needed to do. I learnt so much, felt so supported AND I got to bring home a veggie box that I proudly showed off to my family.

Alison Daneeli

What a fantastic day – can’t recommend ithe Shaker box workshop enough. Jo and Nell created a great environment – encouraging, well paced and made the day a lot of fun. Loved being able to take home the two boxes I made.
Please run more workshops!!

Lisa Osborn

Our Founder
About Jo Saccomani

The home my sister and I grew up in was owner built by my Mum and Dad and they constantly renovated and decorated it. That girls couldn’t use tools and the idea of us not building just wasn’t a thing in our house.

As a qualified carpenter and builder for over 30 years, I know that my experience growing up was definitely unusual. I am passionate about demystifying woodwork and building skills and how to use tools. I find it incredibly satisfying to pull apart the details of what I know and do as a carpenter and pass this on. I love teaching these skills.

What I find most satisfying about teaching woodwork is when I’m in a Two Sheds women’s or kid’s class or workshop and stand back to see everyone engrossed in what they are making – how to use tools and the processes of woodwork have become background to creating and the confidence to do so. 

The home my sister and I grew up in was owner built by my Mum and Dad and they constantly renovated and decorated it. That girls couldn’t use tools and the idea of us not building just wasn’t a thing in our house.

As a qualified carpenter and builder for over 30 years, I know that my experience growing up was definitely unusual. I am passionate about demystifying woodwork and building skills and how to use tools. I find it incredibly satisfying to pull apart the details of what I know and do as a carpenter and pass this on. I love teaching these skills.

What I find most satisfying about teaching woodwork is when I’m in a Two Sheds women’s or kid’s class or workshop and stand back to see everyone engrossed in what they are making – how to use tools and the processes of woodwork have become background to creating and the confidence to do so. 

Meet Our  Teaching Team

tess

Tess is a cabinet maker and a straight-shooter. A skilled, patient and kind teacher who loves the lightbulb moment women and kids have when they see how all the components of what they have been making all go together and they are so proud to have made it themselves. Her vast knowledge of woodwork is expressed in the vast array of projects that come out of Two Sheds.

Sally

Sal came to carpentry a little bit later on in life and has really enjoyed using her hands and being able to feed her creative curiosity. Sal loves the diversity of her role, especially teaching kids and adults. Some of her favourite moments to witness and often support a new woodworker towards, are those ‘aha’ moments, the times when ‘it’ clicks, following deliberate practice and perseverance.

Bella

Bella is a local Canberra carpenter who works on residential builds. She started at Two Sheds back in 2019 and after a year off she’s back and loving it. You’ll find Bella on a Thursday afternoon with the kiddies and the odd weekender.

helene

Helene is a carpenter, photographer and an artist with unstoppable energy, ideas and enthusiasm for anything and everything to do with teaching woodwork. Seeing beauty everywhere, her asthetic sense is flowing over Two Sheds Wanniassa, creating a wonderful, inspiring, organised environment to learn in.

miche

Miche is a carpenter from New Zealand. She has lots of construction experience and brings all of this and more to teaching the construction skills workshops. Miche is passionate about empowering everyone who comes through the Two Sheds’ doors to go home with skills and confidence to start making things for themselves.

bowie

Bowie is a little dog with a big heart. In addition to his front of house meet and greet role Bo wears many other behind the scenes hats such as safety monitor, workshop morale boost facilitator, refreshment time advisor and Jo’s personal tech support. An all round good dog we couldn’t do it without him.

nellie

After retiring to Bega six years ago, Nellie took a Beginners woodwork course at Two Sheds and has hung around ever since. She helps Tess with the kids classes in Bega, organises the Bega workshop and she’s also a dab hand at Shaker boxes.

Schmickee-doo Woodwork for Kids Project & Tool Kits are  here!

Schmickee-doo Woodwork for Kids has come directly out of our Two Sheds Workshop Woodwork for Kids in-house program.

 But what about everyone else? Not everyone can come to our workshop so in as much as we can set up – our woodwork is coming to you.

From the comfort of wherever you are you can access the awesome tried and proven kid’s projects, the tools we use in the workshop, our teaching woodwork to kid’s knowledge and 6 years of experience, and all the encouragement and enthusiasm we can muster into our project kits and online video platform. We mail our project kits, written instructions & tool kits to you. Then we send you links to our how to videos that are made for the kids to watch as they go. And you can use your Creative Kids Vouchers towards the cost. In fact with a voucher your project kits are ‘free’!

Kids at two Sheds

Kids at Two Sheds Philosophy

We have a saying at Two Sheds Woodwork for kids. “Is it SCHMICKEE-DOO?”

Meaning – is a piece of wood you’ve been working on as smooth as it can be? Or does it need more focus and more effort? Schmickee-doo can only be seen with your fingers. To feel Schmickee-doo is a wonderful thing! We teach Schmickee-doo to kids at Two Sheds.

I’m not quite sure how Schmickee-doo became a thing in our kid’s woodwork classes but now it has a life of its own.

Kid’s ask each other “Do you think this is schmickee-doo yet?”

They all know what schmickee-doo is but they also know that it is a relative thing.

It’s different for every kid depending on their woodwork journey.

It is an encompassing term and an individual one.

Have you worked hard enough to be as good as you can be?

It is by striving for one’s own schmickee-doo that everyone learns to keep going when you are tired, to keep trying when you just want to give up, and all the while heading for the inevitable satisfaction that making something cool with your hands and with tools gives us.

In woodwork classes, at Two Sheds, kids don’t just learn to build with wood and learn to use tools although that definitely happens. And for sure they learn to be proud of their work and to help and encourage each other and to let their imaginations fly.

But most of all they learn resilience, perseverance, and to harness their willpower.

It is woodWORK after all.

We are a registered Create NSW Creative Kids provider. This means you can use your Creative Kids Vouchers towards any of our  classes and workshops.

If you live anywhere in NSW and have school aged children you can get the Creative Kids Vouchers and use them with us. For further information to do with registering for the Voucher visit NSW Government Creative Kids by clicking the button here.

Once you have your voucher, you can claim the $100 discount in the class booking process.

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