With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to inventory your plates and flatware: do you have enough for all your guests? You can borrow sets of dishes, serving bowls, tablecloths, silverware, champagne flutes and wine glasses from the NE Seattle Tool Library.
Join the Tool Library and borrow punch bowls, serving trays and cooking utensils instead of buying seldom-used items. The Tool Library has enough dinnerware to serve 180 people. Check the browsable inventory on-line.
Hurry in this weekend! The NE Seattle Tool Library will be open for the last time before the Thanksgiving holiday, on Saturday, November 22 from 9 to 3 PM, and Sunday, November 23 from 2 to 5 PM.
NE Seattle Tool Library members
The NE Seattle Tool Library is a tool-sharing resource located at 2415 NE 80th Street. For a small annual membership fee you can have access to the huge inventory of tools, now numbering over 2,500.
The Tool Library’s mission is to leverage existing resources, reduce our environmental footprint, reduce consumption of tools used only once, educate community members in proper use and maintenance of tools, enhance self-reliance and resilience, foster sense of community and mutual support, and encourage repairing or re-purposing items instead of throwing them in the trash.
On Saturday, October 25 from 9 to 3 the NE Seattle Tool Library will have a sale of surplus tools. There is lots of quality stuff, so your holiday shopping could begin here! Stop by to see the inventory and check out the great resources of the Tool Library.
At the same day and time at the Tool Library, Saturday from 9 to 3, a class called Reinventing Fire will be held on how to build a BioChar Stove. This efficient fire pit can be used as a barbecue grill as part of your emergency preparedness to cook food if/when the power goes off.
Bikes for sale are at the Bike Shack which shares space in the NE Seattle Tool Library at 2415 NE 80th Street, just west of the traffic light on 25th Ave NE at NE 80th Street. Photos of bikes which are available, are on the Bike Shack’s Facebook page.
The Bike Shack is a volunteer-run, donation-funded community bike shop that helps people learn to fix their bikes and provides tools for community use. Open hours at the Bike Shack are the same as the Tool Library: Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 PM; Saturday 9 to 3 and Sunday 2 to 5.
Sustainable NE Seattle will sponsor a Community Barter Fair and Cider Pressing festival on Saturday, September 27, from 1 to 4 PM. Bring your home-grown and homemade goods to barter with others at the Fair, to be held at The Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE, next to the Wedgwood Post Office.
You and your neighbors can collect the apples from your yard trees and bring them to the Fair to be pressed into cider. Please bring all the containers you will want to use, such as washed milk or juice containers, and bring extra to share. Bring the kids to see how food can be conserved and shared.
On Saturday, August 23 from 10 AM to 4 PM, everyone is invited to join in with Sustainable NE Seattle at a “barn raising” event at Patrick Linder’s house. This is an opportunity to contribute your labor in exchange for learning the the basics of building a simple wood-frame structure. Site preparation, leveling, the use of pier stones, assembling and plumbing walls, applying wood siding, building and mounting rafters, and basic roofing will be explained and worked on. Please bring gloves and eye protection, if possible. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP.
Meet the friendly smiling folks at the NE Seattle Tool Library.
Do you understand electricity? Do you know how to sharpen garden tools? Do you believe that your sewing machine can be brought back to life? These and many other practical questions will be answered at the June 2014 series of classes at the NE Seattle Tool Library, 2415 NE 80th Street. To register, stop by the Tool Library during open hours, including Tuesday, June 3 for Fixers Collective from 6 to 9 PM; Thursday open hours at the Tool Library 6 to 9 PM; Saturday 9 to 3 and Sunday 2 to 5.
Understanding Electricity – June 7th (3pm-5pm) Instructor Jim, cost $10.00 limit 6 participants.
Chainsaw Sharpening, Safety, and Use – June 8th (12pm-2pm) Instructor Wes, cost $10.00 limit 8 participants.
Sewing Machine Resurrection – June 22nd (12pm-2pm) … or should I keep the sewing machine which I was given, found or bought used. In depth conversation about bringing that machine back to life. If you have a machine that you have questions about, feel free to bring it along. Hands on help will also be available. Instructor Tomi, cost $10.00 limit 8 participants.
Garden Tool Sharpening – June 29th (12-2pm) Instructor Joel, cost $10.00 limit 8 participants.
The NE Seattle Tool Library will hold a garage sale on Saturday, May 31st, from 9 to 3. The Tool Library will sell surplus tools, and some free items will be available, including building supplies.
If you have items you would like to sell, for a $25 donation to the Tool Library you can set up your own table in the parking lot on Saturday. The Tool Library is located at 2415 NE 80th Street, just west of the traffic light on 25th Ave NE at NE 80th Street.