Who are the Monkey Wrenchers?
The Monkey Wrench Garage was founded as a place for a small group of friends to pool their resources and energy to create a place for us to work on our cars and motorcycles as well as design and build custom projects while learning from each other and developing strong friendships.
This whole thing had its start when my wife and I bought a house with a detached garage. The garage needed a lot of work, but it was a garage. It wasn't long before I decided I wanted to turn it into something but realized I couldn't do it on my own and so asked my brother for help. Soon he was coming over to help me as well as to use the garage. My brother and I realized early on that while on our own each of us could probably build and benefit from our own workspaces, together we stood a much better chance of building something awesome; and so it began.
My brother and I made a deal; full access and his own key if he helped me turn make the garage useable. Initially I definetly got the better deal as the place was a mess. As things progressed we found that the arrangement, while at times initially tough, was actually a very good one so we extended the offer to a few other like minded friends.
We soon had a small group of trusted friends that were mechanically and electronically inclined that were willing to take a tired broken down garage and build it back up. It has been a ton of work, but it is paying off. Each day we get a little closer to our dream...then we dream bigger....
Each person in the group has their own special talents and we build off of these while we work. We often take turns helping each other with that persons latest project. Projects that range from everyday car repair to rebuilding or changing an entire engine for a friend in need. We also work together to design and build all new things.
We have a weekly work night where we get together to work and have a good time. The project starts up, the music gets going and the verbal sparring begins. It doesn't take long for a tiring day to turn into a good time when you are hanging out with several friends busting your knuckles on a car or grinning in excitment because your latest invention is actually working. Even on the rough days you can't help but grin a little when you start getting made fun of for being so wound up. Hey, what are friends for right?
Nikola Tesla once said "I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success..." He was 99% right; he just didn't give relationships as much merit as he should have. The Monkey Wrench Garage is about learning, innovation, hard work, good times, good music and most importantly friendship. The Monkey Wrenchers are those friends.
The Monkey Wrenchers : 2009