Journeywoman by Kate Braid
A Carpenter's Story

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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 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.

About Kate Braid

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Kate Braid has had a diverse career including secretary, carpenter, teacher and writer. Her first book of poems Covering Rough Ground won the Pat Lowther Award for best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. Her second, To This Cedar Fountain, was nominated for the BC Book Prize, and her third, Inward to the Bones: Georgia O'Keeffe's Journey with Emily Carr, won the Vancity Book Prize. In 2005 she co-edited with Sandy Shreve In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry. Braid has also written several non-fiction books and essays. She lives in Burnaby, British Columbia. Braid is a devoted (to say the least) fan of Glenn Gould--and of J.S. Bach.
Published December 1, 2012 by Caitlin Press. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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