About Todmorden Makery

Let’s Make it Happen!

We are a collection of groups and individuals working together to make a community making workshop space happen.

Todmorden Maker Space is a member-run space where volunteers help people do the following activities in drop-in and workshop sessions.

  • Repair – repair cafe activities – bikes, electronic appliances, anything that can be glued, knife sharpening & textile repairs 
  • Tool library – weekly rental of power tools such mitre saws, cordless drills and garden strimmers
  • Art and Craft Making – woodworking, textiles, low-cost crafting materials 
  • Refurbishing Computers – for distribution to household that need them (Tech Tastic)
  • Software training – code club, art and tech workshops for family, kids and adults

Good for the Planet – Good for People

There are many different kinds of maker spaces, (including fab labs, hackerspaces, hacklabs). We like to think our own version which we call a Makery –  is special in its own way. 

Our maker space will have a focus making/fixing that is good for the planet and which builds community spirit.  Anything we can do to avoid things going into landfill has to be a good thing. But this project is more than just about building technical fixing skills.

There is already great fixing and making knowledge in our community. This space can help collect into one place and nurture it. We think that growing our collective understanding of what can and can’t be repaired and who has the skills to do it is a fantastic focus to pull people together. Once we’re part of the club, sharing our own knowledge and skills with others only adds to the magic. 

Here are some examples on how this can be put into practice.

  • Fast Fashion has a huge negative environmental impact but Upcycling textile materials is fun and creative. 
  • Learning some basic repair skills is something that everyone can do and can make you feel more empowered around the challenges of living in a consumerist society
  • Making Art via recycling materials is a great motivator and a really accessible way to interest people in repairing and fixing activities 

Project [Communication] – Beginner Websites in WordPress

WordPress is an online system to allow you to create websites. It is flexible and relatively easy to learn. If you get more technically skilled you can alter it one a more flexible level. It’s also easy to move your websites from one place to another. All of these reasons make it a good choice if you want to learn to make your own website or blog.

The host of this website building group Mick Chesterman who is a tech teacher and has also written a manual on WordPress. We plan to meet every 2 weeks starting in September.

Project Status: Mick is ready to start the club when there are a handful of people interested – get in touch if you are interested attending
Project Outcome: A club of people who know more about WordPress and building websites

Is this club a project you would be interested in coming to? If so email todmordenmakery@gmail.com – Stay Well!

Project [Electronics] – Play Station 2

This PS2 console was part of the Youth Service provision. There are a lot of accessories, this probably still works and just needs a bit of a clean and the cables – which are in another box – organised.

Project Status: Needing a Volunteer
Project Outcome: A fun piece of gaming history – perhaps the start of a library of games consoles we could lend out to members?

Is this a job you would be up for helping with? If so email todmordenmakery@gmail.com – Stay Well!

Project [Tool Refurb] – Vintage Mitre Saw

Thanks to a generous donation we have two working – but in need of refurbishment – mitre saws. They need cleaning and some rust removal and potentially new blades.

Project Status: Needing a Volunteer
Project Outcome: A useful tool for our workshops, for a member or to sell via ebay

Is this a job you would be up for helping with? If so email todmordenmakery@gmail.com – Stay Well!

Project [Craft] – Lino Printing

A basic lino printing workshop to let people have a go at printing a simple wall border.

I used to make these to sell when I was at tod studios and always meant to run a workshop on this but never got round to, although several people told me they’d like to have a go! As I still have lots of ink/ rollers and ready cut lino blocks etc I just thought it would be lovely to give people an opportunity to have a go once the workshop space is sorted out.


Painting Update 10-6-2021

10 Litres on the wall so far! Starting to look good.

Project [Refurb] – Laser Printers

We have been donated 2 laser printers.

Laser printers are much better for printing large volumes of documents quickly and quietly – making the best laser printers ideal for home office use. Laser printers also won’t demand a new ink cartridge every hundred or so pages!

These ones need to be cleaned and tested. Let’s keep one for the Makery and then we can find a good home for the other one.

Is this a job you would be up for helping with? If so email todmordenmakery@gmail.com – Stay Well!

Project [DIY] – Workstations for the side walls

This project involves reusing workstations from another room in the college and attaching them to the walls.

There are metal rods and feet that we can use too. They are pretty wide so we may be able to split them in two. If you can take on or support this project email todmordenmakery@gmail.com – Thanks!

Repair Cafe – 22-5-21 – the first in Tod College

It felt good to do a repair cafe in the new workshop space even if it is still very bare bones right now. Some great fixes!

Cleaning the Workshop Walls for Painting

A fantastic turnout and what a great start for the project. Already some fixes from Elaine underway. Some sewing machines already in there. And starting to build a fab network of volunteers and members.

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New Logo for Todmorden Tool Library

Here it is in all its glory.

Blog Posts to Come

Blog Posts will come soon as we do more things!

For now, here is a wee photo gallery of some of our partner projects.