You can smell the sawdust as soon as you step off the Red Line at Berwyn. In front of the Kitchen Sink café, a few onlookers gather as a power drill hums. Right there on the sidewalk, an elegant but badly cracked wooden chair is being made safe to sit on once more thanks to the help of an amateur carpenter.
Every month, Ally Brisbin, Carla Bruni, and a passel of friendly volunteers show up at the Kitchen Sink café’s Community Glue Workshop and seek to put appliances, toys, clothing, and just about anything else you can imagine back in working order. At a recent clinic, they shared their words of wisdom for prospective fixers and ordinary owners of broken stuff alike: