Gabe, a very thoughtful and empathetic young man, is in the pursuit of an ethical pet. So he, with the help of his family, is building a mouse ‘house’ where the mice can choose to stay or not. The mice-pets will be ‘caught’ ethically in their back garden which edges on the expanse of the Upper Island Bay part of the Town Belt. And then once in, the mouse can freely pop in and out of the house as they so desire.
And this is where the Newtown Tool Library (NTL) entered the story. Debbie, Gabe’s mother, said that the NTL fit perfectly in with their thinking around consumption. She said it is exactly this over consumption that we need to think of and cut down. So, naturally, it made perfect sense to borrow a drill from the library rather than to buy one. Gabe nods his head in approval. Once the drill was in hand Gabe carefully made equidistant small holes around the box to add ‘breathing space.’
GABE'S MOUSE HOUSE
-Story by Rose
Welcome to the Newtown Tool Library story of the month. An inspiring tail of animal friendly ingenuity from the school holidays.
Over a month ago when I first got in touch with Debbie and her family I was given a glimpse of her son Gabe’s project. But the extent, deep thought and considerations behind this project only unfolded a few days ago when I paid them a visit.
Maddie started a search for a wedding dress by trailing second hand shops in Wellington, and dredging through Trade Me. She didn’t want to buy anything new, ethics and NZ made were very important, so getting something second hand was logical! But alas, as the sand ran through the hour glass, Maddie wasn’t finding anything that she liked and that she could afford.
On the day before the wedding Maddie and her Mum sewed on the sleeves, and added the incredible hand-stitched flowers that Maddie’s Mum had made in England and brought with her.
All in all, Maddie says, she is delighted for having made the dress herself as it was such a big achievement! She couldn’t have done it without all her helping hands, and of course the Tool Library sewing machine!
MADDIE'S WEDDING DRESS
-Story by Rose
Maddie, time short and on a budget, put together a beautiful wedding dress for a last minute wedding in the Coromandel! Maddie’s family were coming over from the UK for a family summer holiday and so what better thing to do than get married while they were here?! A last minute decision and a springboard for much creativity! Besides a tight time frame (about a month), there was a very tight budget too! A recipe for trial and error, fun and lots of laughs!
One hitch though was they needed tools - they had an odd array of rusty tools in their basement but couldn't justify buying new tools for one job. So this limitation put the project on the back burner till their good amigo told them about the Tool Library making them really excited. They’d never heard of the idea of a tool library before and were amazed by the vast variety of tools that were on offer! Also, inspired by the Tool Library cupboards, they decided to use recycled pallets!
Frank highly recommends anyone with a van to pay a visit to the Tool Library to explore the self contained van idea (if you need any tips or advise, feel free to give him a shout!). He says the Tool Library was absolutely essential for the project and really appreciates the dedication of the Tool Library team for running such a service! Frank finally says that having access to this library opened a world of opportunity, making otherwise expensive and unthinkable projects a real possibility.
FRANK AND CELIA'S VAN
-Story by Rose
In Feb 2016, Frank and Celia bought a van calling him 'Nobby the Aquamarine Adventure Machine' after their friend and an epic two month road trip. The more they travelled, however, the more they realised the joys of being self contained and being more responsible of their ecological footprints while travelling. So eventually decided to settle in Wellington to work on the dream of making the van more self contained!