About White Bear Makerspace
Hi! Our names are Theresa and Tom Lendway. We've been Vadnais Heights residents for over 22 years. Now that our kids are off to college, we have the time and ambition to tackle this project. We are driven by our desire to help others, have fun, and give back to the community.
This idea started when we were thinking of downsizing our house, but we did not want to give up the workshop. When we couldn't find one in our neighborhood, we decided to build one!
Tom is a former Director of Software Engineering with over 30 years of experience building commercial flight "black boxes" and medical devices. His engineering experience is an excellent fit for an operation like this, since he knows how to solve problems and how to find answers. But his true passion since childhood is woodworking. His father was a Pattern Maker, which is now a nearly extinct profession. He could make anything out of wood with a precision that Tom is forever trying to match. It was from him that Tom learned his skills, and in his spirit that Tom will pass them on.