Though woodworking is a common male hobby, there are lots of women in the U.S. who get their hands dirty doing DIY woodworking projects. The same thing cannot be said here in the Philippines. I don’t personally know any woman who is into woodworking, much more a Filipina who likes to make furnitures.
The Cultural Factor
Perhaps the reason for this lack of female woodworkers and furniture makers is the fact that we Filipinas aren’t raised to hammer nails into plywood. In my family, the woodworking and electronics stuff has always been the chore of my uncles and brothers. My Lola Baby taught me and my sisters how to do laundry, iron clothes, and look really pretty for Sunday mass. My mom’s legacy would be cooking and baking (though I don’t like too cook). My Tita Malou instilled housecleaning skills on us and our house was dust-free when we were growing up. My inner Oscar the Grouch only came out in college when I lost interest in cleaning my own stuff and just paying someone to do it for me, which would turn out to be any one of my siblings.
In high school, I took a very lady-like Home Economics elective — culinary arts. With my mom being an excellent baker, I easily excelled in that class. Other girls took drafting, sewing, stenography, and cosmetology. A handful of my female classmates bravely took electronics, but no one was in the woodworking class or the automative class. Grease and girls never mixed.
Channeling my inner furniture maker
Now that I am a lot wiser, I can say that I’ve tried things that normal Filipina girls don’t. I took basketball under a male coach in my first semester of college and was asked to try out for the reserve team. My mom flatly told me that she has no dreams of having a basketball player for a daughter so that career was cut short. With regards to furniture making, I’ve taken a lot of interest in visiting furniture shops, particularly the wooden furniture section and finding simple projects that I hope to be able to do one of these days.
Online, I have taken a real liking to the Classic Etagere furniture. They’re simple, elegant, and functional. The way they are constructed makes me think they can be done without using nails… just putting the pieces together like a puzzle. I already saw one shelf that I would like to create.
This is another Wooden Corner Etagere furniture that I would like to create. It has drama to it and I love the chocolate brown color. It can be used to hold books, picture frames, and vases. Use a light color like blue or pink and it can be used as a children’s toy rack.
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