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I MADE IT: Girls with Power Tools

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The Dual Works

23 A Kenyon Street


B18 6AR

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I MADE IT: Girls with power tools

This one day ‘hands on’ workshop will explore a variety of construction techniques using easily available tools, materials and processes accessible by beginners. Introducing you to a range of hand and power tools this workshop is designed to empower you giving you the confidence to undertake simple DIY tasks in your own home.

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We will enable you to design and construct a simple wooden shelf and demonstrate how to put this up in your home. Instruction will be provided to show you how to construct a shelf to your own design and find out how to fix this correctly to different types of walls. This session also includes our top tips such as the best place and type of tools to buy or hire. The afternoon will allow enough time for you to free style and practice the skills you have learned. Beginners are welcome, no previous experience necessary!

You will be introduced to the following techniques and equipment

  • Techniques will include; measuring and marking out, cutting, sanding, drilling, screwing, fixing
  • Equipment: hand saw, jig saw, ruler, tape measure, sand paper, power drill /driver, rawplugs, wire detector, clamps, bandsaw, vice, claw hammer

What’s included

  • All tools and material will be provided
  • Expert tuition and guidance
  • Safe working practices, health and safety and assessing risk.
  • Introduction to tools, processes and techniques
  • Top tips handout to take away.
  • PPE – personal protective equipment plus apron to wear
  • Unlimited answers to your questions
  • I MADE IT gift!
  • Tea, Coffee and Cake throughout the day.
  • We have teamed up with The Eight Foot Grocer and OTTO our local independent delicatessen to provide you with a special working lunch to keep your energy up!

Course cost: £110.00 for our 1 day workshop

Course dates:

  • Saturday, 5th May 2018
  • Saturday, 19th May 2018

Course times: 10am – 4pm We will have a lunch break with tea breaks in the morning and afternoon.

Number of places available: maximum of 4 places per date.

Tutors: Zoe Robertson and Steve Snell

Please note: It is essential to wear old clothes and strong footwear.

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The Dual Works Studio in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

About: The Dual Works

The Dual Works is a shared creative studio in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter established in 2015 by two founding members Zoe Robertson and Steve Snell. This duo are practicing artisans who have a combined teaching experience within design education of over 40 yrs. Together they work on their own design projects, undertake commissions and enjoy working collaboratively. They have over 50 yrs. of combined making experience, across various industries, techniques and materials.

Steve says “We enjoy the making process from the initial idea through to design, production, realisation and installation. We specialize in one-off fabrication and undertake commissions to clients' specification, making all kinds of things including the design and manufacture of products, furniture and interiors such as exhibition display stands, bespoke storage solutions, interior and workshop fittings,theatre and stage props as well as specialist artist fabrication”.

Steve’s skills span carpentry, metalsmithing and plastic techniques to name but a few. These skills have been acquired though a lifetime’s passion for taking things apart, and learning how objects are made, then remaking into something new! Alongside this he has been employed as a 3D specialist in various Universities and Companies managing workshops dedicated to wood, metal and plastic processes, helping students bring their ideas to fruition where in-depth problem solving is fundamental to the realisation of products.

Zoe is an award winning designer maker who skills span a breadth of materials and processes. She enjoys the making process and describes herself as a ‘Blue Peter Girl’ where she was introduced to making things via this cult children’s television show back in the 1980’s! She has acquired over 20 yrs. of educational experience, teaching students 3D skills in various Art Colleges and Universities across the UK. Currently she divides her time between being a practicing jewellery artist at The Dual Works and lecturing at the world renowned School of Jewellery where she has been residence for the past 10 years.


I MADE IT is a series of bespoke workshops bought to you by The Dual Works. Our approach to this is quite simply


Designed for those interested in 3D making these workshops will give you the confidence to undertake your own projects. From DIY around the home to creating your own distinct handmade and unique products. With a fun and informative approach you will get to try out various tools, skills and techniques. You will receive expert tuition by our resident designer maker duo Steve Snell and Zoe Robertson who will work with you to help you develop your skills and confidence.

Each workshop enables you to create a project to take home and are available to book from spring to autumn. From beginners to advanced, groups or private tuition we have something for everybody. If you are planning a special event, hen party, or birthday treat and you would like to book a specialist course then please get in touch as we can tailor these to your group.

Included in the prices is plenty of tea, coffee and cake and we have teamed up with our local independent delicatessen to provide you with a special working lunch to keep your energy up.

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For more information visit our website www.thedualworks.com

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Anybody over 18yrs of age can attend. Anybody over 18yrs of age can attend. All welcome! Male, Female and anyone in between!! Please note Girls with Power Tools is not exclusively for female groups, anyone can join this workshop!

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Is there parking available onsite? We do not have access to a car parking facility on site. However we are well connected by public transport and on street parking is available in the vicinity with local carparks in the area. It’s possible to be dropped off then picked up at the end of the workshop to collect your work. Collect your car then drive round to collect your work.

The most convenient car parks are the Jewellery Quarter multi-storey car park in Vyse Street or the multi-storey in Newhall Street. Closer to the City Centre there are surface car parks at the end of Ludgate Hill towards Great Charles Street.

How do I get to The Dual Works?

Getting to the Jewellery Quarter by Car

From the M6 at junction 6, taking the A38(M), take the second slip road signed A4540. Follow the brown and white signs for the Jewellery Quarter on the A4540 ring road and take either Junction 8 (Warstone Lane) or junction 7 (Spring Hill). The Jewellery Quarter is also signed from the City Centre Queensway Junctions at St Chads and Paradise Circus. Apart from on-street parking the most convenient car parks are the Jewellery Quarter multi-storey car park in Vyse Street or the multi-storey in Newhall Street. Closer to the City Centre there are surface car parks at the end of Ludgate Hill towards Great Charles Street.

Getting here by Bus

Services 8A and 8C (Inner Circle) and 101 from Birmingham City Centre (Colmore Row) and Handsworth serve the Warstone Lane clock in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. Services 16, 74 and 75 run along Constitution Hill and Great Hampton Street stopping close to Vyse Street.

We recommend that you check bus times before travel.

For more information please visit www.travelwm.co.uk

Or telephone Traveline 0871 200 22 33

Getting here by Tram

You can now get a direct tram from New Street Station in the city center to either of the Jewellery Quarter stops with £1 City Hop.

Birmingham’s City Hop is valid between The Jewellery Quarter and the new terminus at Grand Central in the heart of Birmingham City Centre (and back again). A one-way trip is just £1 (and 50p for children). There are further discounts for paying by Swift Card; the dedicated smart card for cheaper bus and tram travel.

Trams to and from the Jewellery Quarter occur every 8 minutes (15 minutes on a Sunday) with journeys lasting approximates 6 – 8 minutes. You will need to get off at either St Paul’s stop on Great Charles Street or at the JQ Station on Vyse Street.

City hop fares are available for purchase onboard the tram from friendly conductors. You can pay by cash, credit or debit card, Swift, contactless, Apple Pay and Android Pay.

The Midland Metro tram also run services to the Jewellery Quarter from Wolverhampton. For further information please visit www.travelmetro.co.uk. For further information on Swift cards, please click here.

Getting here by Train

The Jewellery Quarter has a dedicated station (JEQ) located on Vyse Street, as well as its own entrance to Snowhill (BSW) Station on Livery Street. London Midland services run direct to the Jewellery Quarter from Birmingham Snow Hill and Moor Street, for further information please visit www.londonmidland.com.

Chiltern Railways run direct services between London Marylebone and the Jewellery Quarter Monday to Saturday, offering convenient through trains for business and leisure travel. For further information visit www.chilternrailways.co.uk .

Virgin trains also run half hourly services into Birmingham from cities such as Bristol, Manchester and Sheffield. For more information about the Virgin Trains network, timetables and fares visit www.virgin.com/trains.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible with step free access although it is advised that customers who require assistance contact London Midland and pre-book at least 24 hours in advance to allow time for necessary arrangements to be made. For further information please visit www.londonmidland.com.

What can I bring into the event?

What to wear? It is essential to wear old clothes and strong footwear. Please note the studio is not heated so you need to dress appropriately for the weather.

Personal Protective Equipment is provided e.g. gloves, ear protectors, and goggles. We strongly recommend that robust, strong closed toe boots or shoes (strictly no flip-flops, stilettoes or open-toed shoes). If you own steel toe-cap boots these would be ideal. We also recommend that either overalls or general work clothes are worn. We will provide an apron if needed.

How physical is this workshop? The workshops may be physically demanding with long periods of standing. A good level of physical fitness is required to work with power tools, including needing a good grip, hand eye coordination, strength and balance. If you have a disability and are interested in learning these skills then please do get in touch as we can discuss the possibilities of tailoring a course to your individual needs. Please note the studio is not heated so appropriate clothing needs to be worn in cold weather!

Is there a toilet? Yes!

Is there wheelchair access? Please call us to discuss if you require wheelchair access. We have a roller shutter door, so access to the studio is not a problem, however we do not have suitable bathroom facilities to manoeuvre a wheelchair. Give us a call to visit.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Zoe & Steve at hello@thedualworks.com

What's the refund policy?

Refunds for workshops are not generally offered unless they are requested at least three
weeks before the start of the course

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