Burl & Ingot Tool Library


We are now offering access to Burl & Ingot, our wood and metal shop that houses our community Tool Library.

We host regular classes and free weekly community nights for anyone curious about learning more. In addition to our member-based Tool Sharing Library, where community members can borrow our basic tools or loan us any of your unwanted tools, Burl & Ingot also has available artist studios, a communal multi-purpose member space for building and learning, and is a great environment for workshops and educational lectures.

Burl – the wood working shop, and Ingot – the metal working shop, are side-by-side member-based community workshops where you can create something fantastic. With the purchase of either day passes or a membership, you can access both shops and learn new skills or fine tune the skills you already have while you meet new creative professionals to help you along your journey. Or if you want your own space with 24 hour access consider becoming a resident studio artist.

Metal MondayWe’re more than just hammers and drills. But if you need those, we’ve got about 30 different kinds of them, along with thousands of other tools you can check out for free. There are plenty of knowledgeable, friendly artists and master craftsmen that can offer professional advice on how to get the job done right. Plus there’s a sizeable collection of helpful how-to books, videos, and DVDs on construction projects, gardening, plumbing, electrical work, and more, right next door in the central office to help you get that weekend project finally finished.

Do you have tools you no longer use? Would you rather see your unwanted tools get used? Then Donate them!! But what if you think you might want to use them in the future again? Then loan them temporarily to the Tool Sharing Library and let us maintain your tools for you! Here’s how!

Wood WednesdayPublic Days

Public days are aptly named “Metal Mondays”, “Wood Wednesdays”, & “Fiber Friday” as they are our community nights within our Metal and Wood shop! From 6pm to 8pm, come check out the shop, talk to members, ask questions, learn from local professionals and join a wood, metal, leather, & textile lecture/workshop for FREE. For a schedule of our public days check out the events calendar at the top of the page for these and other great happenings.

Our Convenient Location

To see our venue, tools, and equipment, you can schedule a tour by contacting us through our email form.

Volunteers can come out on Wednesdays at 5 to learn about the volunteer-based projects we have going and what you can do to help! Or send an email to volunteer@artisanalley.com for more information or fill out our Volunteer Application.

 Registration

Signing up is easy and is a great way to get oriented to everything we have to offer. Everyone must get checked in and sign the Liability Waiver, and then we’ll be happy to show you around!

If you want to get started, there is a $15 one-time signup fee. After you complete your registration you will be gifted a free Day Pass with 10 minutes towards green level tool certifications and you’ll also get your very own pair of safety glasses! Safety glasses are also an indicator of your level of proficiency on a majority of the tools. Minors ages 14 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

After use of your first day pass you can choose between becoming a resident studio artists, getting a 6 month membership or opting in for temporary day passes.

Studio Artists have 24 Hour Access and a footprint space that is all their own. As a studio artists you receive discounts for memberships and day passes.

Day Pass and Memberships allow access to tool library and shared spaces between 10 am to 8 pm everyday. Members get discounts on classes hosted by Artisan Alley. Use of shared tools are ONLY for members and people with day passes or volunteers under supervision.

Tool Level Certifications

Tool DangerGetting your certification to work with varying tools in the shop is easy! Someone who is already proficient with the tools will certify you for $0.50 per minute. That means, you’ll gather up the tools you know and find someone to go through the tool checklists with you. The cost will vary depending on how many tools you’ve gathered and how long it takes to prove your proficiency, but your payment will go to the Tool Certification Specialist for their time.

To be certified for your tool access, you must:

  1. Identify the name of the tool, what the purpose is as well as describe how to use it  
  2. Demonstrate how to prepare and use the tool completely, for each of its functions
  3. Demonstrate basic maintenance and where to place it and its components after each use.
Tool Color Code GREEN YELLOW RED WHITE
USER LEVEL

DANGER LEVEL 
Novice Level Tools

Minimal Danger
Intermediate Level Tool

Potential Danger
Advanced Level Tool

Dangerous
Need Permission

Specialty Tool Pass

Proficient on a lot of tools? Make yourself available as a Tool Certification Specialist to earn a little cash helping other members get access to tools they are familiar with and to move up to their next level.

Specialty Tool PassesStudio C

Some tools require a Specialty Tool Pass (indicated with a white mark). These tools generally have parts that wears down or materials that get used up during use.

The fee is a way to offset the cost of these consumables so the user can utilize the tool without having to deal with components of the tool. Feel free to inquire about tool pass rates for white marked tools with a Shop Monitor.

Discounts

Discounts are provided to individuals who are already involved with our organization, the community and to other individuals who are interested in learning. If you are interested in getting involved but are having financial issues, feel free to apply for a sponsored apprentice membership or apply to volunteer.

Discounts RESIDENT
ARTISTS
BURL & INGOT
MEMBERS
MINORS (14-17)
& STUDENTS
(with valid ID)
SENIORS (65+)
NON PROFIT (TID#)
TEMPORARY PASSES 50% $10 Off First Pass $10 Off First Pass
MEMBERSHIP 50%
CLASSES 20% 10% 10%

For more information please contact us through our email form.