Sustainable NE Seattle's Tool Library Grand Opening

Earlier this month, the NE Seattle Tool Library officially opened its doors to the public after much preparation. The NE Seattle Tool Library is a project of Transition Initiative Sustainable NE Seattle and is supported by a grant from the CleanScapes Waste Reduction Award Program, the generosity of the building’s owner, North Seattle Friends Church, and technical advice and support from the great folks at West Seattle Tool Library.

"The NE Seattle Tool Library is a community-led project to provide pay-what-you-can community access to a wide range of tools, training, and advice. The Tool Library aims to inspire its community to participate in community projects such as park restorations, and pursue sustainability through fun projects like backyard gardens, home energy improvements, and water harvesting."

Read more about the tool library in this beautifully illustrated post in the Seattle Times as well as online here.

Susan Gregory (NE Seattle Tool Library), Pastor Lorraine Watson (North Seattle Friends Church), Signe Gilson (Cleanscapes), Dai Gorman (Lease Crutcher Lewis), Richard Conlin (Seattle City Council), and Tim Croll (Seattle Public Utilities)

Members browsing the inventory before the official opening

Tool Library champion Susan Gregory gave a heartfelt thank-you to our generous sponsors and volunteers.

Seattle Councilmember Richard Conlin hailed the Tool Library’s contribution to the city’s Zero Waste Initiative.

Dai Gorman of Lease Crutcher Lewis, who served as project manager to coordinate all the contracting work done through the Cleanscapes grant, addressing the crowd.

Cutting the ribbon!

Registering dozens of new members

Our first official tool loan at the Grand Opening. Volunteer Debra Morrison (right) did the check-out.


Photos by Kevin Kelly, Danielle Johnson and Leo Brodie



If I Had a Bandsaw

Lyrics by Leo Brodie
If I Had a Bandsaw
If I need a router
I'll find it in the Lib'ry
I'll take it home for making
My new cabinets
I won't have to buy it
I won't have to store it
In my crowded garage or in
The attic or the basement
Share share share, that's how it should be.
If I need a bandsaw
I'll use it in the morning
I'll use it in the evening
Right here in the shop
I won't have to buy it
I won't have to store it
I'll cut my shelves and doors, and even all the framing
Share share share, right here in the shop.
If I had a drill press
I'd drill in the morning
I'd drill in the evening
So straight and precise
But the thing is so bulky
And so expensive
I'm happy to know that I will never have to buy one
Share share share, that's how it should be.
Now I have a hammer,
From the Tool Library.
And I have a song to sing
All over this land.
It's a song about sharing,
It's a song of resilience
It's a song about the joy we find in doing things together,
A-a-all all over this land. 


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