Broads and Boards 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.  In 2017, Leeann teamed up with her longtime friend Cate Graziani to turn Broads and Boards into a more formal community space.

Leeann and Cate hope to connect with other women-identified Austinites interested in woodworking in order to create a cooperative space that supports the development of woodworking skills through access, education, and community.