Poster for toolmaking workshop with various farming tools against backdrop of hessian style sack

Regenerative Energy Communities are happy to host a workshop by Will van Twuijver and Roel Roscam Abbing! If you have a tool that is broken, is not quite working as it might for you, or that you want to dream with based on the description below please bring it along for possible tool regenerations! All welcome to join us at the studio on Friday, 17 Feb, 15:00-18:00 (map and studio visiting details here).

The workshop 'Toolmaking for a Human-Sized Agriculture' focuses on the relationship between tool design, the human body and the land.

Most industrial farm and garden tools are typically designed for the average person. They are not optimised for people with diverse body types and are only designed for generic gardening tasks. As a result, humans adapt themselves to tools, instead of tools being shaped after situated human needs and capabilities. At the same time, hand tools fall in disrepair and disuse, but this does not mean they have to be discarded. Repairing these tools can also become an opportunity for improvement and adaptation.

The workshop 'Toolmaking for a Human-Sized Agriculture' invites participants to join and repair or repurpose old garden tools. During the workshop we explore how these tools can be made to reflect one's specific needs, talents, interest and relationship to their local context. Join us for an afternoon of collectively building more personal and localised gardening practices where we shape tools for our needs and that of the land, rather than the other way around!


Will van Twuijver is a designer and farmer focusing on agroecology and grassroots initiatives. His work is informed by an overarching goal to design and develop systems that integrate environmental restoration and human wellbeing. He has several years of practical involvement in various food collectives, ranging from Community Supported Agriculture, to waste food processing initiatives. Currently, he is both working as a designer at Aalto University and as a cheesemaker on a biodynamic farm in Helsinki, Finland.

Roel Roscam Abbing is currently pursuing a PhD in Interaction Design at Malmö University’s School of Arts and Communication (K3). There he researches alternative social media, on-line federation and community-owned digital infrastructure. Furthermore, he works as an artist and media designer with a highly collaborative practice that engages with network infrastructures, the politics, and materiality of technology, do-it-yourself approaches and self-organization.