Tool workshop hopes to build women's confidence

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Photo courtesy of Lynn Dorgan
Ojai’s Lynn Dorgan, reportedly the first woman to become a licensed contractor in the state of California, works on a roof.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Lynn Dorgan, Beryl Schwartz and Tara Saylor, three Ojai builders, will host a women's tool clinic at Bookends Bookstore April 14 and April 21.
The three women each represent a different generation of tradeswomen.
Dorgan said she became California's first licensed female contractor during the 1970s, while Schwartz became a union carpenter in 1994.
“When I was nine, I knew I wanted to be a carpenter, but I didn't do it until I was 34. In the '70s, it wasn't something women did,” Schwartz explained.
Saylor found a passion for building as a student in Matilija Junior High School's woodshop program, which has since ceased, and now teaches building skills to students at Upper Ojai's Rock Tree Sky.
Saylor and Schwartz, fellow tradeswomen, discussed the idea of putting together a workshop to teach women about tools.
“As a woman, it's not the first thing your parents teach you,” Saylor said.
See also:Summer camp helps girls build construction skills,” Ojai Valley News, July 27, 2016.

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