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After reading our post about Rhode Island’s instructional Steel Yard, TM reader KidEntropy took a trip — and took a few pictures to share as well.  They’re in the photo pool, and include some pretty cool stuff, like the photo above.  KidE says these aren’t even half of the bikes they have around the shop.

Maybe if he’s got a minute he’ll stop by and let us know more about the visit in comments!

Toolmonger’s Photo Pool [Flickr]

 

4 Responses to A Visit To Providence’s Steel Yard

  1. Rick says:

    “tool a trip – and tool a few pictures” ??

    Talk about tools on the brain.. haha.
    In any case, that’s a very cool visit.. I wish there was something like that closer to me.

  2. Chuck Cage says:

    Rick: It’s all about the tool.

  3. kid_entropy aka ~eric aka rusty pipes says:

    i actually submitted some info about The Steel Yard to toolmonger a few days before the August 6th post. Coincidence? I think not!

    I work for a wholesale parts dealer and had driven past here countless times without knowing about it. It got a mention on Makezine a while back. i did some recon and found it in this weird part of Providence. The area used to contain hard-core New England Mills dating back to the early 1800s (It’s only 5 miles from Slater Mill, Home of the industrial revolution in North America) Now you can walk five minutes in one direction and find giant brick mills converted into corporate offices and modern loft apartments and two minutes in the other one and come across low income housing, shady looking warehouses and “Club Fantasies” a fine gentleman’s club i imagine.

    I took these current pics while slacking off at work:) Slow day. They seem to have no problem with people dropping by to take a look around the grounds. I saw working artist and craftsmen doing what they do in their various work spaces. Last time i was there saw a guy with his geo metro perched on a single jack stand welding something. What can you weld on a geo metro? I also recently learned they are going to replace the soil on the site, remind me to throw away my shoes…

    The bikes are collected for http://www.recycleabike.org. They must have about a thousand bikes worth of parts. Every Saturday during the warmer months they gather outside on the sidewalk and teach people to build and maintain a bicycle, then they give it to you. All they ask in return is for you to volunteer four hours there helping others or striping and cleaning donations. I’m enough of a socialist for that to make me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside and enough of a capitalist to wonder how much cash i could make fixing up old bikes calling them retro then selling them to college hipsters. Here’s a link to a news story on them: http://tinyurl.com/2gygcn

    If anyone has a chance to drop by do so. Take a class if you can swing it , i plan on taking beginners blacksmithing class this fall.

    Thanks
    ~eriC

  4. clayrock says:

    Hey Erik, et al.,
    Thanks for the post and the general interest in what we’re doing! We love visitors, fellow metal heads, makers, and folks generally interested in trying to do something a little different. Hope all is well and don’t hesitate to drop by or join our mailing list (www.thesteelyard.org and scroll down) so you can stay informed regarding upcoming events such as the sept. 26th cruz night and the halloween iron pour. Take care,
    Clay

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