The Kinghorn Ecology Centre’s tool refubishers are arousing lots of interest and for all the right reasons. Among their proponents are MSP David Torrance, who said “This is a fantastic project which really benefits the local community.” Enterprise Officer Julie Wesencraft described the tool workshops as “inspirational”.
Centre manager Jo Hobbett said, “We have two or three young men on placements plus a core of seven other volunteers. The intergenerational mix works well and the young volunteers really do learn from the older ones.”
Tool refurbishing started at Kinghorn in March 2011. Refubishers meet every Monday afternoon, even in the depths of winter, which shows considerable commitment considering they operate out of a drafty old barn.
This is a fantastic project which really benefits the local community.MSP David Torrance
The group has begun refurbishing tools, not kits, to get its hand in. According to Jo, “We are at the stage now of having to spend more time sorting out tools before the weekly workshops so we can be a bit more organised. We are very keen to try and complete a full kit for Tools for Self Reliance soon.”
The team also refurbishes tools for destinations nearer to home. This includes gardening tools for tending a vegetable plot at the centre, managed by a local befriending group.