Just two and half years after The Tool Library started, we are about to welcome our 1,000th member through our doors. Thank you to each and every one of you who have helped to make The Tool Library such an amazing success!
The West Seattle Tool Library is a project of Sustainable West Seattle and is located in the rear of the Youngstown Cultural Art Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, across from Delridge Community Center and Park. The West Seattle Tool Library Mission is to share tools, skills, and space with our community.
We will be celebrating this momentous occasion soon and have been tossing around ideas on how to reward lucky number 1,000. For more information, stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed and, if you have an idea of your own, please don’t hesitate to share it with us!
In fact, as we get closer to 1,000, we’d love to be able to share your Tool Library projects and stories with the rest of the community to demonstrate just how cool having a Tool Library in your neighborhood can be. Should you be kind enough to share your tale with us, we’d certainly appreciate it. Please pass them along to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shopbot CNC Seminars
In the past, The Tool Library has offered excellent workshops on everything from basic plumbing to paddle carving to backyard booze making. Continuing on in that proud tradition of community skill sharing, we have now been offering workshops on using a Shopbot.
Taught by Derek Gaw, these introductory workshops give users the chance to learn the basics of CNC (computer numerical control) and use the Shopbot safely. By the end of the class, you’ll even have created your own CNC letter made out of plywood.
This CNC class is a prerequisite to being able to use the Shopbot in the Community Workshop. Classes fill up quick so stay tuned to our Meetup page for upcoming workshops!
Tool Library Spin-off Takes Seattle By Storm!
Back in the fall of 2009, when we were first forming The West Seattle Tool Library, one of the most important questions that came up was “How will this affect local business?”
Over the years, we’ve had that question answered time and time again, as local businesses have stepped up, eagerly working with the Tool Library to share their knowledge, meet new customers, grow their revenues, and become an even greater part of the community. As a matter of fact, one of the businesses that was started directly as a result of The Tool Library’s existence is now taking the Seattle startup scene by storm!
The Tool Library’s inventory service, Local Tools, was created in 2009 by local software entrepreneur, Gene Homicki specifically for use at the West Seattle Tool Library. A couple years later, Local Tools is now used at over 30 Lending Libraries throughout North America. It also just participated in the celebrated Fledge conscious company incubator program and made it the finals of the prestigious Social Innovation Fast Pitch (SIFP) Competition. We wish only good things for Local Tools – now called MyTurn - as it continues to grow and helps hundreds more communities start lending libraries of their own.
Fixers Collective Nominated for Leadership Award!
It’s been an amazing year for The West Seattle Fixers Collective! By inviting the community into the wonderful world of tinkering, making, and repairing, The Fixers received wide acclaim from numerous national outlets - including Wired, Treehugger, and iFixit - and was strangely also considered for a some sort of reality show television series. Most recently, The Fixers Collective, headed up by Greg Kono, was also nominated for a Sustainability Leadership Awards from Sustainable Seattle.
It’s an honor for the Tool Library to host the Fixers Collective on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month – with the 1st Thursday being focused specifically on bikes - and we look forward to their continued growth and success!
Mobile Unit Assists Roxhill Playground Build
The Mobile Unit was finally put into real action last month during the building of the Roxhill Park Playground. While The Tool Library supplied a number of the needed tools and a bit of moral support, an entire community turned out to really put the project together. Over the course of about a week, this crew of volunteers – some of whom had never used powertools before – constructed an absolutely beautiful playground.