Dykes With Drills is a nonprofit that empowers people with the tools to build. By hosting skill-building workshops, volunteer events and meet-ups, we cultivate opportunities for individuals to connect with each other and to use power tools. In everything we do, we foster safe, inclusive, non-judgmental spaces for learning and teaching.
We call ourselves Dykes With Drills. By using the word “dyke”, we reclaim it from its history of oppression and exclusion. By using drills and other tools, we build communities of diversity and inclusion. Our community includes people of all sexualities and genders, including those who are non-conforming, transgender, and allies.
Dykes with Drills has helped build tiny homes for the homeless in Oakland and Chico, an indoor skate park in Oakland, a garden rooftop in Santa Rosa, and more. In total we have impacted over 1500 people and have become an active member of our surrounding community.
In addition to collaborating on volunteer projects, we provide a monthly workshop called the Introduction to Tools workshop. This workshop has a unique approach to learning woodworking skills, in an exploratory and failure positive environment. We help our participants feel safe and confident around power tools in these workshops, and leave them with the ability to go home and use the skills they’ve learned. We also host a monthly welding workshop, and a variety of other skill building workshops throughout the year.