History

Broads and Boards (B&B) was started in 2016 by Leeann Terwilliger, a social worker and woodworker in Austin, TX when she opened up her garage workshop for her female friends to learn.  Through partnerships with other community organizations Leeann recognized that there was deficit of woodworking learning opportunities for women and an overwhelming community interest. In 2017, Leeann teamed up with her longtime friend Cate Graziani to turn B&B into a more formal community space, which has continued to organically grow in response to community demands.

Mission

Broads and Boards is dedicated to empowering self-identifying women in woodworking and other skilled trades through workshops and events that promote access, education, and community.

Vision

To transform the perception of women-identified individuals in woodworking and other trade fields.  While B&B is focused on supporting women we are also aware of the complex layers of privilege that exist in these environments and are also committed to eliminating barriers to inclusion related to gender, race, class, and physical ability.

Core Values

Broads and Boards work is guided by the following core values:

  • Creativity
  • Inclusion
  • Empowerment
  • Community

Board of Broads

 

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Claire Scully
Board of Directors

Claire Scully is a graduate from New York University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Drama.  After graduation, she decided to explore other art forms and discovered woodworking.  Claire went on to study at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockland, Maine where she learned everything from the basics of woodworking to complex furniture building methods.  While there, School Director Peter Korn asked Claire to join the staff as an assistant teacher for various woodworking courses during the Summer Workshop Series.  During this time, she found teaching woodworking was more rewarding than creating furniture. She taught classes including, but not limited to, basic woodworking, carving, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), and turning.  Currently Claire is still building furniture, although more sculptural in form, and focusing on her career as an artist and teacher.


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Adrienne Romine
Board of Directors

Formally trained as a painter in a BFA program, Adrienne’s woodworking journey began one year after graduation in 2012 with a handful of used tools and borrowed space in a shed. She learned from books, videos and the occasional weekend class until she was skilled enough for an entry level position in a professional wood shop where her education continued. After several years working in both production and custom wood shops, she yearned to spend time building her own designs. The leap to full time self-employment was made in March of 2017 and she formally launched Half Halt Studio in January of 2018.