Tool ninja profile copy2Get Training from a “Tool Ninja” 

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.orgHourly 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


Michelle Mismash 

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-walshHeather Walsh 


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.


Nadim Michaty

nadim-bio-picWoodworking, 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.

sarah-headshotSarah Friend

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.



michaelMichael Goran

Woodworking, Home Repair and Maintenance

As the Chief Problem Solver at Pocket Handyman, ( Mike has years of experience with just about every tool imaginable. He has a wide variety of expertise in all facets of home repair and maintenance, from drywalling to Tiling to building with wood. Whether indoors or outside, Mike can guide you to bring your ideas from napkin sketch to finished project. In what little spare time he has, Mike works on his house, his nine-year old and trying to get free TV channels on his Apple TV.

gregorio-headshotGregorio Jimenez

Woodworking, Laser Cutting, 3D Printing

Gregorio is currently in his 4th year at Ryerson for architecture. He has rough and finish carpentry experience as well as furniture making.  Gregorio is also a superstar laser-cutter and can work with 3D modeling software and 3D printers.