Bora Tool, a manufacturer of woodworking tools in Troy, Mich., has partnered with Carhartt Workshop’s tool lending program.
The Carhartt Workshop is a collaborative community space above the workwear company’s flagship store in downtown Detroit. It provides free access to tools and equipment for DIY projects, plus space for trade-related training and workshops.
“We know there are people in our community that simply do not have access to the tools they need to do the work they desire. Some may not have the means or resources to purchase, some may not have the space to store larger tools, and others may be weary of investing in a tool or accessory they are unfamiliar with using. The more accessible we can make our tools, through venues like the Carhartt Workshop’s free tool lending program, the more projects will be completed by people who would have otherwise found someone else to do the work. And the more projects people complete on their own, the more encouraged they will be to tackle additional jobs,” Mike Ursell, president and founder of Bora Tool, tells Woodshop News.
“That’s where we have a real opportunity – to bring back a stronger interest and ability level in skilled trades through allowing tools and accessories to be ‘test driven’ on a variety of do-it-yourself tasks. Afterall, tools don’t just get the job done, but they are fun to use. And the larger audience we can share that experience with, either by breaking the approachability or accessibility barriers, the better likelihood we have of creating more makers.”
This article was originally published in the May 2022 issue.