(Photos by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
One of the eight local nonprofits benefiting from today’s West Seattle Garden Tour (on till 5 pm, not too late to get tickets!) is the West Seattle Tool Library at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). WSB contributor Ellen Cedergreen visited last Thursday night and found out from the Tool Library’s Micah Summers (above) that they’re featured in Popular Mechanics as among the “top 10 ways to help the earth.” The Tool Library has added a weekly 6-9 pm opening on Thursday nights (with special guests on second Thursdays, to offer advice to do-it-yourself’ers) as well as every Saturday and Sunday – more ahead:
On Thursday night, Greg Kono, founder of the “Fixers’ Collective” (featured on WSB previously), was hard at work repairing his table saw. In addition to the table saw, Greg has also restored a vintage turntable and a dental drill to working condition. You can find the Fixers’ Collective on Facebook, to see when they meet again and what they’re up to.
The second-Thursday DIY-coaching “Ask The Expert” guests rotate – here’s who Ellen found there last Thursday:
That’s Sandy Pederson of Urban Land Army, and Eric Thomas from Solar Epiphany, both West Seattleites. (Next “Ask the Expert” is August 11th.) Maximizing local resources is what the Tool Library is all about, both people power and tools. Now that they’re in their expanded quarters at Youngstown, they’re also offering classes, including safety instruction on the last Thursday of each month so you can get acquainted with power tools in a safe environment. Keep an eye on the Tool Library website for class info – and/or go see them today; regular Sunday hours are 1-5 pm.