Station North Tool Library (SNTL) is a community hub and tool-lending library based in the heart of Greenmount West, the neighborhood Four Twelve Roofing calls home.
The Tool Library (Est. 2013), has access to 2,000 tools, 25 classes, a public woodworking shop and has become a valuable resource within Baltimore City.
A HISTORY OF STATION NORTH TOOL LIBRARY
Over the many hours we have spent at the Tool Library, we have come to appreciate the people behind this organization. They are normal people with big ideas, who have worked hard to see them come to life. They have become our friends and we wanted to share their experience with you through our blog.
This is Piper. And behind Piper is John (her husband). Piper and John are Co-Founders of the Station North Tool Library. They are dog lovers – in fact – that is part of their story. They met while living in Greenmount West and used to have their dogs pull them through the neighborhood on their skateboards. People started stopping them, asking how did two people get so crazy as to cruise through this neighborhood getting pulled on four wheels by their pups.
As Piper and John got to know the neighborhood, they recognized a need. Neighbors throughout the community would tell them about their projects – community gardens, home renovations – all these people had the need for tools and more importantly, education and skills to use these tools.
The Station North Tool Library started as a small operation, renting tools out of a small shop front. Today it has evolved into 2,000+ sqft of space with a full woodworking shop , offering a variety of classes in carpentry as well as courses in home maintenance.
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GROWING OUR COMPANY, ALONGSIDE THE TOOL LIBRARY
With the help of Station North Tool Library, Four Twelve Roofing has also been able to grow its business.
Baltimore is a city of beautiful old architecture, dating back to the early 1800s and late 1900s. In our work, this is something we believe in preserving. With every home we build we recreate the historic millwork, so that Baltimore’s history can live on.
When we do these projects, we often use the workshop within the Tool Library.
Below is a photo from our first home – 412 E. Lanvale St. – which we have written about previously in our blog. During the rehab of this home, we realized our neighbors had beautiful old millwork above each individual window on the facade. We recreated these pieces right in our own backyard (a.k.a. – the workshop with the Tool Library).
With the help of Station North Tool Library, Four Twelve Roofing has become a leader in this area of recreating historic millwork for old homes – helping our business grow to new heights and enabling us to do what we love most – build beautiful things and renovating Baltimore landmarks. Big ups to the folks at the Tool Library. We encourage any residents of Baltimore to be a part of this wonderful community and hope to see you there.
Looking forward to our next visit!
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