Tool Library Hosts Sawhorse Revolution, Youth Carpentry Series

This autumn, The West Seattle Tool Library is proud to be hosting Sawhorse Revolution, a youth carpentry program that aims to bring the spirit of self-sufficiency and craftsmanship to the city during the school year.

Every Wednesday night, a handful of volunteer counselors gather for three hours in the Tool Library’s workshop, teaching wood-working skills to West Seattle highschoolers. Because this is the inaugural after-school event of Sawhorse Revolution, the theme of the 2011 pilot program is  “building a workshop” and the primary focus is basic joinery.

The students are learning how to shape their own mallets out of alder and then wield them, along with pull-saws, combination squares, and chisels, to design and cut mortise and tenon joints into table skirts and legs of clear fir. The Tool Library’s large collection of tools is being put to good use on hardwood unhesitatingly donated by the Blackstock Lumber Company of West Queen Anne.

Sawhorse Revolution is affiliated with the Rubicon Foundation, a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) that has hosted programs in carpentry, wood-working, and construction for Seattle youth from West Seattle, Chief Sealth, and Franklin high schools. Until now, all activities have been at the Smoke Farm, a former dairy situated along the Stillaguamish river in Arlington.

If you would like to know more about Sawhorse Revolution, the Rubicon Foundation, and the second iteration of the pilot program, due to appear mid-winter, please write to Kyle McCarthy Nunes and Maria Palomo at

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