Our workshops in Leith and Portobello are dedicated woodworking and DIY spaces, complete with a wide range of large-format tools. We have a table saw, band saw, chop saw, planer thicknesser, and a whole host of other power and hand tools at each site.
Open Workshop Sessions
Access to our community workshop spaces has changed a bit in light of Covid-19, but we’re thrilled to be able reopen the workshops at a limited capacity with bookable sessions for our members. You can learn more about how our sessions work here and book a spot through our Eventbrite page.
Summary of the different sessions explained:
- During the open workshop session you will have access to a wide range of large-format tools, your individual workbench and be supported by our friendly workshop volunteers and staff while you work on a project of your own choosing or work along with one of our volunteers on a guided project.
- A general induction is compulsory for anyone attending the open workshop session, even for those members who have previously completed an induction. Everyone who has attended the induction will receive a badge and won’t be required to attend a further induction to attend these open sessions. You can learn more about our induction levels and book an induction here.
- All the workshop sessions will have a limit of 6 participants. This will allow for social distancing and help reduce the risk.
Women’s & Nonbinary Woodshop
Our Women’s Woodshop is a bookable session (like the Open Workshop) specifically for women and non-binary makers. We started this session after we noticed that, although our membership is pretty much evenly divided in terms of gender, there were mostly men using the workshops. We believe this is down to the lack of availability of woodwork classes at school to a generation of women, so we are looking to redress the balance. Book your spot here.
We also run paid classes for members and non-members where you can make something from reclaimed timber that you can take home. These classes are aimed at beginning woodworkers to help give you the confidence to then go on and use the workshop on your own. We have a range of classes, from bowl turning to planter making, including our super-popular “shelfie” making class.
Proceeds from these classes go towards keeping the Tool Library open and enable us to offer the amazing support to our community and other charities that we provide.
One-Off Making Events
We regularly have free classes where members are invited into the workshop to learn skills while making something for another charity or community organisation. In the past these have included making Little Free Libraries, accessibility ramps, outdoor benches, and bird boxes. Stay tuned to our social media channels to find out the latest opportunities.
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As a Tool Library member you will also be invited to celebrate with us! We love a good barbecue and some refreshments, as it’s a great chance for our volunteers, staff, and members to mix and build that all-important community spirit. We have had workshop birthday parties, camping trips, community build events, and we have even had a musical concert and a comedy gig at The Stand.