The Traveling Tool Library is a handcrafted public resource and social sculpture initiated by the student organization, Building Community. The Library is a physical assembly of tools organized within a structure that travels between sites of creative activation.
Built of materials sourced from the upstate New York region – the framing lumber was removed from a soon-to-be deconstructed house in Buffalo by Building Community members – the Library connects people and craft traditions through active mobilization of resources. The Library has enabled creative interactions from its inception as a vehicle for Building Community projects to its realization through workshops and tool collection.
By assembling undervalued materials, tools and sources of knowledge, Building Community seeks to initiate the collective improvement of and engagement with the built environment using the Library as its platform. This careful process of collection and outreach encourages participants to consider how building and community go hand-in-hand. It is a work by and for Ithaca community organizations, local craftspeople, Cornell students, staff, and faculty, and those who see the Library as a starting point for a fully-fledged tool share program to serve all of these groups.