The Toronto Tool Library offers a unique program called “Tool Ninjas” whereby we partner you with a contractor for mentorship in tool use or hiring for a job. Our Tool Ninjas are experts in a variety of tools and trades – 3D printing, Laser cutting, Furniture design, renovations + more! You can book One-on-One mentorship with a Tool Ninja to learn proper tool use & get help in building a project at our east Makerspace! OR you can hire one of our contractors for home or commercial work, from renovations to design. Scroll down to read our Tool Ninja profiles:
To book a Session:
Email us to book a Tool Ninja at: Contact@IRBE.org. Hourly rate for Tool Ninja’s is $40 +HST and includes instruction, space and tools but not materials. Groups can hire Tool Ninja’s as well, please contact us for more details.
*Want to become a Tool Ninja? Read about our contractor program
Meet our Tool Ninja Team
3D Printing + Laser Cutting
As the resident Engineer, Rory teaches members on Laser Cutting and 3D Printing their next project. He operates our high-tech machinery at the east-end Makerspace and completes orders for customers in Laser cutting and 3D printing. He makes a wide variety of items using high-tech, from signs and model homes to game boards and replacement parts. He is a recent graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Civil Engineering Technologies from Humber College.
Youth Skills Training
Michelle is our resident Youth Programming Coordinator and trains children and teenagers of all ages in becoming “Mini-Makers” in our Summer Camp and Youth Programs. She offers kids ages 4 – 17 a variety of skills-based training in woodworking, robotics and 3D printing. Michelle is a certified educator with Chicago Public Schools and previously she worked as an ESL teacher in South Korea for two years. When she is not working with kids, she is the Crew leader for Habitat for Humanity Toronto. Michelle’s passion for teaching children combined with her dedication to inquiry-based learning and her education (Ontario College of Teachers certified, Masters of Teaching from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) make her an important leader in the maker education revolution.
Heather is one of our experienced Shop Supervisors and has mad skills with woodworking projects for the home. She has experience with furniture making including beds, cabinets and balconies and is very knowledgeable about wood finishing and refinishing.
Woodworking, Laser-Cutting, 3D Printing, Sewing
Nadim is an interdisciplinary DIYer and historical swordfighter with a deep love for both making and teaching. He has worked with kids, adults, and seniors as an educator in woodworking, leatherworking, costumery, prop building, 3D printing and design, laser cutting and design, and a great number of other crafts. When not building, teaching, or binge watching making videos on youtube, he is also head battle trainer in his group of historical reenactors, instructing newcomers through the basics of combat.
Laser-Cutting, 3D Printing, Programming, Web Development
Sarah is passionate about opening the world of tech to kids and empowering them to build whatever they can imagine. She’s especially excited about the educational potential of games. By day, she works in Rapid Prototyping, using 3D printers and lasercutters to fabricate just about anything. In her spare time, she makes her computer do weird things and runs Small Talk, a lecture series (for grown ups) that works to foster collaboration across disciplinary boundaries.
Woodworking, Home Repair and Maintenance
As the Chief Problem Solver at Pocket Handyman, (http://www.facebook.com/
Woodworking, Laser Cutting, 3D Printing