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The Makery: Crafting and Hand Tools

Guide with resources for The Makery in Rose and Carrier Libraries

Cutter / Plotter

The Rose Makery has two cutter/plotters:

  • Cricut Maker
  • Graphtec Cutter/Plotter

The Cricut is perfect for smaller projects, and can draw on and cut through a variety of materials including paper, fabric, thin leather, even thin balsawood.  We have a variety of blade types for the machine, as well as ink pens of many colors, including fabric pens.

The Graphtec is set up to cut adhesive-backed vinyl, but can also be used to plot large diagrams (like blueprints.)

Both machines can be used to create:

  • adhesive-backed vinyl signs and stickers
  • painting stencils
  • iron-on t-shirt vinyl

As always, assistance and materials are provided by the Libraries. 

Block Printing Setup

The Rose Makery has a block printing press and supplies.  The following video gives a good overview of the process, using a press very similar to ours.


Crafting Supplies

The Makery at Rose has a collection of crafting tools and supplies, including:

  • A variety of colored pencils, ink pens, and markers
  • Acrylic paint set
  • Hobby ("X-Acto") Knives
  • Hot Glue Guns
  • Adhesives including:
    • Glue Sticks, Elmer's Glue, Rubber Cement, Wood Glue, Cyanoacrylate ("Superglue")
    • Painter's ("Masking") Tape, Gaffer's Tape, Duct Tape
  • Woodburning Kit
  • Clothespins, Popsicle Sticks, Toothpicks, etc.

Hand and Power Tools

Both Makeries have a small collection of hand tools, including:

  • screwdrivers 
  • pliers 
  • hammers 
  • cordless hand drills
  • rotary ("Dremel") tools 
  • rulers
  • clamps
  • coping saw
  • sandpaper

The Rose Makery also has a variety of measurement tools, wrenches, and a more comprehensive collection of saws and clamps, as well as workbench space and a bench vise for doing very basic woodworking.