Tool Library Offers Bike Repair/ Fixers’ Collective

West Seattle Spokespeople have been sponsoring free, minor bike repair to anyone and everyone at the Fixers’ Collective Meeting on the first Thursday of every month. Some of the best volunteer mechanics in our area are there to fix flats, lube chains, repair brakes and do other minor bicycle repairs.

Seattle Fixers’ Collective

In the broadest sense, a Fixers’ Collective is a group of folks who love to fix and mend things, which could be any old thing from broken blenders to ripped sweaters to antique dentist drills. Take it apart, put it back together, figure out how it works, refuse to throw it away, and get to know others who do the same!  What the collective works on depends entirely on who shows up but you can be rest assured that there will be plenty of creativity involved.

So feel free to stop by The Community Workshop next to The Tool Library to share your passion for fixing and mending or simply to check out some of the cool projects that walk through our door.

If you’d still like to learn a little more about Fixers’ Collectives before you decide to show up, you might want to check out the Collective in Brooklyn, which we figure pretty much started it all:

The Tool Library Presents: The Work in Progress Series

The Work in Progress Series:
How to Install Cork Flooring
Saturday, February 25th, 9am-5pm
3108 SW Webster Street

Sometimes it’s just not enough to work on a sample project in a classroom.  It’s often more satifying to learn your skills while actually working on a project that’ll be around for years to come.  So, as the first installment of our new Work in Progress Series, we’ll be teaming up with Mighty House Construction to offer a hands-on workshop on how to install click-together, cork flooring.

Participants will learn how to:

· Demo properly;
· Prep the floor;
· Plan your work;
· Layout and measure efficiently;
· Choose your tools and power tool use/safety;
· Install according to best practices; and
· Replace base trim (as time allows)

The hands-on work of the participants will be showcased as one part of the sustainable remodel of the West Seattle residence during the NW EcoBuilding Guild’s Seattle Green Home Tour, April 21-22, 10am-4pm.

Workshop is limited to 6 participants. Lunch will be served.
Suggested Donation to WSTL: $35
Register Today!

Tool Library Offers “Handywoman for the Home: Basic Tiling”

Basic Tiling for the Home
February 23rd,7-9 PM
Instructor: Susan Barnes of
Improve the value of your bathroom or kitchen. Learn to select the best tile for your project, prepare and install the tile and then grout to finish the job. You will learn the tools needed for the job and gain hands-on experience on how to use them.
Register Here!

While this is a women-only workshop, The Tool Library plans to offer a similar class to the general public (fellas included) later this spring.

Sustainable Seattle Offers Tool Library Workshop

A Workshop with the West Seattle Tool Library 


Wednesday, April 4th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
2100 Building
Community Room A
2100 24th Ave South
Seattle, Washington   98144
At the kick-off for Sustainable Seattle’s Neighborhood Workshop program, you’ll learn about the West Seattle Tool Library from the innovators themselves, including lessons they learned while building the library and about how you can become a member. We’ll even have a take-home hands-on project.

Tool Library Offers Kayak Paddle Building Workshop

Greenland-Style Kayak Paddle Workshop

Two Part Series
1st Session: Monday, April 2nd, 6-9pm
2nd Session: Monday, April 9th, 6-9pm
Skill Level: Novice to Advanced

Come and make your own custom made Greenland style kayak paddle with Inupiat kayak builder Sean Gallagher.  This is a project is for even the novice of carpenters and encourage people to take on the class and make one of these light weight and reliable paddles before summer kayaking season starts.  We will be making these paddles with clear red cedar and with white oak tips.  This class will only take 6 hours and you will have a reliable paddle for the summer kayaking season.  This Class will be all-inclusive and all you have to do is show up and start making your own paddle.

Instructor: Sean Gallagher
Two Session Course is all inclusive
Cost w/ Materials: $200.00

Sustainable Healthcare: One Community At A Time

The next Sustainable West Seattle Community Forum is about Health.  We’ll again be at the Senior Center of West Seattle, on SW Oregon St. right around the corner from California Ave.  SW.   We meet upstairs in the large community room.

Our health care system is both more expensive and has lower quality than other industrialized countries. Many describe this as a sick care system because significant is not spent until after you get sick. Communities are now developing alternatives that cost less and move people toward whole health. By focusing on prevention and early intervention we can also drop the costs of health care.

Our speaker is Dale Jarvis, a healthcare consultant and West Seattlite who has worked at fixing the healthcare system in 20 states since the federal healthcare law passed in 2010. Dale will describe healthcare reform ‘triples’ and ‘home runs’ that can fit Seattle’s neighborhoods. Join this discussion of a new healthcare ecosystem for West Seattle.

Continue reading “Sustainable Healthcare: One Community At A Time”

Tool Library Offers “Handywoman for the Home: Basic Electrical”

Handywoman for the Home Series: Basic Electrical

Thursday, January 26th, 7-9 PM
The West Seattle Tool Library
Instructor: Amy Ecklund of

Whether you want to change light fixtures or need an extra outlet in a room, this women-only class will teach you the basic how-to steps for safe electrical repair. Learn how to use a voltage tester, change worn outlets and switches, label your circuits and more. You’ll also discuss larger jobs and get tips on doing it yourself. Hands-on experience will give you the confidence to safely try this at home.
Register Here!

Get caffeinated with Roast House Coffee at The Tool Library!

Get caffeinated with Roast House Coffee!
Saturday, March 24th, 10am-1pm

The West Seattle Tool Library and Roast House Coffee Roasters present a fun and informative class on coffee extraction. Melitta, french press, aero, toddy and syphon methods will be covered. Taste for yourself how each method highlights different flavors. If organic, socially responsible coffee is one of your daily “tools”, you need to be here! Each guest will leave with their own 1 lb. bag of organic, farm to cup beans for home.

Register Here!

The Seattle Share Fair: Celebrate the Sharing Revolution!

You may have recently heard the terms collaborative consumption, meshing, or the sharing economy.  Basically, this is just a fancy new vocabulary for the time honored practice of sharing with your friends and neighbors.

But now local services are springing up everywhere to promote the practice and provide inexpensive or even free access to almost all the various things you might need in your everyday life.  Through these services, it’s now more attractive and simple than ever to share with both your inner circles as well as neighbors you haven’t even met!

At Seattle Share Fair, you’ll learn how to use all these services to gain easier access to thousands of tools and household items, workshops, cars, media, and even land for gardening.  You’ll also learn how to personally start up similar services, just in case you’d like to have a Tool Library in your own neighborhood.  The Seattle Share Fair is the place to get started!

The Course of Events
6-7pm: Share Fair Tabling: Get Involved!
7-8:20pm: Feature Program
Facilitator: Gene Homicki, Local Tools
Speaker: Patrick Dunn, Share Starter
Community Panel:
Billy Thomspon, Zipcar (Car Sharing)
Ken Gollersrud, Seattle Public Libraries (Information/Stuff Sharing)

Max Hepp-Buchanan, Cascade Bicycle Club (Bike Sharing)

Micah Summers, West Seattle Tool Library (Tool/Stuff Sharing)
Peter Rothbart, We Patch (Land/Garden Sharing)
Willow Brugh, Space Federation (Space Sharing)
8:20-9pm: Socialize & Sign up!

Admission: FREE 


How to Share “The Gettin’ There”:
West Seattle Senior Center
4217 SW Oregon Street
[mappress mapid=”469″]If you can’t walk or bike, you might explore a few other options before you drive to the Share Fair by yourself:
Public Transit (Destination, Date, & Arrival Time Already Entered)
Zipcar (Car Sharing)
Avego (Ride Sharing)
If you’d prefer not to use any of these services but would still like to carpool, please comment to let us know and we’ll try to set something up the old fashioned way…by email.


Seattle Share Fair Reading & Resource List

It ain’t all reading and it is totally optional.  Just in case you’re the type that likes to do some prep work….

The Sharing Revolution

What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption
Hardcopy available at The Seattle Public Library.
Audiobook available on itunes.

The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing
Hardcopy available at The Seattle Public Library
CD Audiobook available at The Seattle Public Library
Audiobook available on itunes.

The Sharing Economy, Fast Company

In A Down Economy, Sharing Takes Off, NBC Nightly News (video)

Steve Case, Founder of AOL, on The Sharing Economy , The Colbert Report (video)

Various Other Articles on The Sharing Economy 


Seattle Tool (and Stuff) Sharing

Share your Stuff, Yes! Magazine

Ten Ways to Save the World: Build a Local Tool Library, Popular Mechanics

Tool Library Grand Re-Opening At Youngstown, West Seattle Herald (video)

West Seattle Tool Library

Sustainable NE Tool Share

Phinney Tool Library

Seattle Farm Co-op

neigh*borrow Seattle


Seattle Bike Sharing

Seattle Bike Share Feasibility Study, Department of Urban Design & Planning, UW


Seattle Ride Sharing

Carpooling a Click Away with Online Ride Sharing, Seattle P-I

King County Metro Rideshare Operations

Avego’s 520 Ride Sharing Pilot


Seattle Land/Garden Sharing

Garden Sharing: Farming Meet Social NetworksGOOD Magazine

Seattle Urban Garden Share



Seattle Space Sharing & Co-Working

Shared Workspace Gaining Popularity, Seattle Times

The Space Federation

The Hub Seattle

Seattle Co-Working Spaces


How are you participating in The Sharing Economy?  Leave a comment and let us know!

Tool Library Offers Intro to Beekeeping


This winter, The West Seattle Tool Library is offering The Make-It Workshop Series, exploring a wide varietyof unique crafts from beer brewing to beekeeping. Register for classes online either through The Tool Library’s Meetup Page or its Events Calendar.Introduction to Beekeeping
Tuesday, January 24th, 7-9 PM
There a lot of buzz around bees these days.  This class will cover basic beekeeping tools and equipment, local laws, getting started, basic hive management, and processing the harvest.
Instructor: Brian Allen
Cost: $20
Register Here!