Jisel has been a carpenter for 30 years. In that time, she’s gone above and beyond the typical training that’s required. She pushes herself, finding peak satisfaction in a finished product, constructed solely by her hands.
“I joined Carpenters Local 409 back in 1988 to start my apprenticeship. During the 4 years of my apprenticeship I took additional drafting classes at the local community college and did a couple of courses through the cabinet makers union.” -Jisel
“It’s a skilled trade that keeps you learning as the industry changes and that by working hard and mastering the skills. It’s a trade that can be done anywhere in the world.” -Jisel
“Being a woman in a male dominated field can be tough at times. There are challenges that you have to overcome. You have to be head strong and really want to be better than most because they will always assume that you can’t do it as well as a man. My advice would be to stick with it, ignore the negative behaviors and stand up for yourself when needed. Command respect by being good at what you do and not for what you are. A good craftsman will respect another regardless of your gender.”-Jisel
“I designed my hammer girl logo a long time ago as a way to tag my tools. Instead of engraving my name on the tools it was easier and cuter! I’ve always liked the stick figures so I made one of myself with my signature pig tails and of course my hammer. Many years later I had a friend make decals for me.” -Jisel (logo seen below)
“The best part of what I do is seeing the smiles on the faces of my clients when the project is complete and they are happy. Knowing that what I did made their lives better. It’s really gratifying.” -Jisel