25 July 2020

TUTOR Glasgow Tool Library
DAY Saturday 11am – 4pm
DATES 25 July
LOCATION Art Studios

Form Follows Function: The Table

In this workshop participants will design and build their own table to take home with them. We will begin by taking inspiration from a range of conventional modernist designs and then review the materials available to assess the best construction methods.

Learning Outcomes:

Introduction to Carpentry
Understanding of tools and best practise techniques
Basic principles of design and technical drawing
Preparing cutting list
Understanding of materials
Scribing and marking wood
Joint preparation and making
Construction methods

We will cover:
• the use of commonly used hand tools like chisels, block planes, combination squares, sliding bevels, marking / mortise gauges
• a variety of hand saws such as tenon, compass, panel and pull saws as well as the use of drills to create the correct holes needed for your assembly dowels.

Your Tutor:

The Glasgow Tool Library (GTL) operates like a normal library, but instead of sharing books, we share tools. We collect donations of tools from those that no longer use them, repair and care for them, and make them accessible to everyone through a pay-what-you-can membership. Our aim is to provide an inclusive resource that supports low income households to maintain and improve the spaces and places that matter to them, while also encouraging people to live more sustainably by sharing resources. Our library is located at Civic House on Civic street a short walk from the Cowcaddens subway stop.

We also hold educational workshops and events that promote the values of DIY and sustainability, each class explores a different theme related to construction from a basic to advanced level using traditional hand tools.

All materials used by GTL are recycled and collected from various arts and construction facilities within Glasgow, each material will vary in size and shape as well as different types used in construction, thus allowing the participants a chance to explore different types of wood and its uses.

Each class is taught by a carpenter focused on teaching basic carpentry techniques and hand tool use, as well as basic power tool training, we also use the time to discuss the reclaimed materials used. The facilitator will discuss their experience from previous trade work i.e. theatre, arts and construction to share information and knowledge to each group in how to better use and save reclaimed building materials and share ideas that may engage their communities into recycling and creating projects together.

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