Monday, December 23, 2013
by Todd Shwayder, Tool Library Coordinator
Jessica Carter is the Manager / Curator at Love City Love. Being a PNA member herself, she knew that the PhinneyWood Tool Library would be the first place to look for borrowing all the tools they would need for renovation and installation. She came to me with an extensive list of tools. After discussing her possible construction methods and troubleshooting difficult concepts, Jessica drove away with her station wagon packed to the brim with everything they were going to need to get the job done.
I stopped by last night for the opening party. It was beautiful! Seattle Met Magazine called it a sensory experience plus shopping. Closed Circuit will be up through Monday 29th. If you get a chance this weekend, I recommend you check it out. You might get inspired to make renovating a New Year’s resolution, and if you do, the Tool Library will be here to make sure this resolution comes true.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Trowels come in many shapes and sizes and are used for many different things, from gardening to construction to what we’re about to do in the shower. They consist of a metal blade and a short handle. Some are flat, while others are curved. They are used to spread, dig, scoop, and place. We will be spreading.
There are several trowels used in construction: a brick trowel has a slightly rounded, diamond-shaped blade; a finishing trowel has a large, flat rectangular blade, and a flooring trowel (used to lay concrete) is shaped like a lancet arch and has a pointed front to fit into corners. A gauging trowel has a rounded tip and is used for gauging or mixing quick set plaster. Corner trowels are v-shaped, and do about what you might expect. A pointing trowel is a smaller version of the brick trowel, and is used to separate concrete from the forms it is poured into. A tuck pointing trowel is a long, thin tool that is designed for packing mortar between bricks. There are also trowels used for gardening, and they look like miniature shovels. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you ever get bored you might want to explore the Tool Library’s tub of trowels and speculate about the use of each one.
Once the shower was completely dry, I used the smallest trowel from the Tool Library tub of trowels to push the sludge into every nook and cranny, even into cracks in broken tiles around the windowsill. As I’ve said, we have very tiny tiles. If you have bigger tiles, you might want a bigger trowel. There’s a trowel for everyone in that bin. The grout needed to dry for 24 hours, then I used my pens to re-stain it, and it looked like a brand new shower!
http://www.phinneycenter.org/PDFs/ToolList.pdf. We’d love to hear about your experiences with our Tool Library. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and you may see them here in future weeks!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Saturday, December 14th, 12:30pm, Pacific Science Center
Friday, January 3rd, 3pm, Pacific Science Center
Friday, October 18, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Volunteer Jennifer Roberts
Saturday, September 14, 2013
We’re pleased to announce that Phinney Neighborhood Association is now a Community Partner in the upcoming Community Capital: Seattle workshop series. Hosted by Seattle Good Business Network (SGBN), this innovative series is designed to spark dialog on the emerging field of community capital and local investment.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
With the PNA Tool Library currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, we’re always a little surprised when some people still stare at us quizzically and ask “what the heck is a tool library?” In many ways, our little program has been a bit of a neighborhood secret all these years, highlighted occasionally by the Seattle press but more frequently just going quietly about its business, supplying neighbors with the tools and education they need to take on projects, explore new skills, and save a couple dollars in the process.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Written by: Jennifer Roberts
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
It’s obvious that Dorothy is very talented and makes beautiful pieces of art. So for all of you out there who are aspiring artists, Dorothy has a bit of advice for you. “If you want to be an artist, you just have to keep making art and exploring your craft and your medium. Some of your work may not be that great, but every once in awhile you make something great and the more you work, the better you will get.”
Dorothy’s art will be displayed at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, the art gallery is located on the top floor. Her art will be displayed from June 16, 2013 to August 2, 2013.
“I’ve made so many lifelong friends through basketry; I’m not sure where I would be without the basketry community.”