Last updated 9/17/19
We host free DIY workshops at TLD and additional workshops off-site that support our workshop program! Here are some examples of topics we've covered in the past.
Want to check out our current schedule or suggest a topic? Visit our Workshop page!
Installing Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring - 10/5/19
Returning instructor Lawrence Oliva from Second Century Homes gave attendees all the tips and tricks for working with reclaimed hardwood flooring. Participants got to try their hand at prepping the flooring, installing it with a pneumatic nail gun, and sanding it before finishing.
Rewiring Lamps with Zach (at TLD) ~ 9/14/19
Instructor Zach returned to TLD to teach the basics and tools needed for rewiring, and how to trouble-shoot finicky table and pendant lamps. Great way to kick off our fall workshop season!
We had a great time partnering with Art with a Heart for a "Create with a Cause" fundraiser workshop at their location to support both of our missions! Art with a Heart enhances the lives of people in need through visual art. At this workshop participants used concrete pillars from TLD and glass tile from Art with a Heart to create beautiful mosaic garden art. We're so glad to partner with this great, local organization!
Other Past Workshop Topics
Kitchen Design with Mark Weaver - 5/19/18
Long-time workshop instructor Mark Weaver returned to teach the foundations of kitchen design, and the concepts of using reclaimed materials like cabinets.
Doors 101 with the Station North Tool Library - 5/5/18
Knock, knock....Arman Mizani from the Station North Tool Library returned to teach attendees all about doors! Participants learned about changing locksets and shaving down doors that no longer fit in their frames. Instruction also included the order of operations for hanging a new door, including mortising hinges and drilling holes for new lock sets.
Halloween Décor DIY - 10/21/17
TLD Staff member Colline showed attendees different types of spoopy decorations that could be made from materials found in the warehouse!
Each participant learned how to make chalkboard paint and created a chalkboard gravestone out of an old cabinet shelf!
Intro to Electrical - 10/14/17
Arman Mizani from the Station North Tool Library taught participants how to navigate electrical issues in old houses & how to complete projects like changing out light swtiches and ceiling fans. Attendees got to try out wiring and safety skills on a mock up circuit.
Wallpaper Upcycling - 9/9/17
Returning TLD instructor Abbey Wascovich led the workshop attendees through the process of making their own decorative wreaths!
Plumbing 101: Installing Fixtures - 7/8/17
Arman Mizani from the Station North Tool Library returned to demonstrate how to troubleshoot and install toilets and bathroom vanity tops!
Tools Skills & Safety for Home Care with Station North Tool Library - 4/8/17
Arman Mizani from the Station North Tool Library demonstrated how to safely use several different types of power tools. Participants got a chance to try each of the tools and were able to practice creating a miter joint.
The Station North Tool Library is a community hub and lending library located in the hert of Baltimore with over 2,000 tools, 25+ classes, and a public woodworking shop.
Visit from Open Works Baltimore Mobile - 4/1/17
Open Works, a maker space in Baltimore, has the mission to make tools, technology, and the knowledge to use them accessible.
Their mobile unit visited us and brought a CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machine that etched wood with a laser!
Cabinet Door Message Boards - 2/4/17
Workshop attendees made message boards out of repurposed cabinet doors! Our insturctor, Abbey, is a workshop attendee-turned-instructor, who brought in examples of ones she made from TLD materials!
Prepping & Painting Interior Walls - 12/3/16
TLD Staff member Amy demonstrated how to fix small imperfections in drywall to prepare for painting. She also demonstrated several different painting techniques!
Bricklaying - 10/22/16
Local homeowner Mike Bowman led a demonstration on working with bricks often found in Baltimore rowhomes. Participants got a chance to try out the repointing process and learn the nuances and tricks for working with older bricks.
Installing Ceramic Floor Tile - 4/9/16
Instructor Mark Weaver led a hands-on demonstration in installing floor tile.
Tiling with Reclaimed Roof Slate - 3/19/16
Local artist and TLD advocate Michael Metcalf showed how reclaimed roof slate can be used on walls too!
Screen Painting Workshop
TLD hosted an "Alternative Use" workshop on painting screens, a Baltimore tradition, taught by expert Screen Painter, Anna Pasqualucci.