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  • SciFest Block Party, Autonomous Combat Robots, Win a Golden Ticket and Somerville Open Studios!

    2014 - 04.23

    We have a number of exciting public events coming up within the next two weeks: an autonomous robots design challenge, a SciFest Block Party, and the annual Somerville Open Studios; join us!

    Cambridge Science Festival – SciFest Block Party
    April 26 12-4pm @ the Asylum

    Artisan’s Asylum will be offering tours every half hour from 12-4pm for the SciFest Block Party on Tyler Street. This is a great opportunity to visit us and our incredible neighbors Brooklyn Boulders (BKB) SomervilleGreentown Labs, and AirCraft Aerial ArtsAeronaut Brewery will be hosting the 21+ after party from 4-6pm. All the event details available on the Cambridge Science Festival website here. “Rock your geeky gym socks off at one of the funkiest block parties you’ll ever crash!”

    Autonomous Combat Robot Design Challenge
    April 27th 1-5pm @ the Middle East

    Assemble at the Grand Finale of the Cambridge Science Festival to witness the culmination of two weeks of design and fabrication by eight teams of sentient robotic warriors bravely battling each other behind a barricade of bulletproof glass. See a video from last year’s event here!

    Given a golden ticket to Artisan’s Asylum, one of the world’s largest maker spaces, contestants will have access to various and sundry tools, components, and engineering mentors from MathWorksAutodesk, and SparkFun to fully customize their ferocious creations and wage battle to win prizes from all of the sponsors.

    The Grand Finale is free and open to the public on Sunday April 27th at 1:00pm at the Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub.

    Win a Golden Ticket to the Asylum!

    Click here to enter the raffle for a chance to win a golden ticket to Artisan’s Asylum:

    The material prizes have a total estimated cost of $400.

    Attendance at the Autonomous Fighting Robots Design Challenge is not necessary to enter the raffle. The winning raffle will be announced at the event and via email.

    All proceeds go to support us, a charitable 501(c)(3) with the mission to support and promote the teaching, learning, and practicing of craft of all varieties.

    Somerville Open Studios
    May 2nd – 4th @ the Asylum and throughout Somerville

    Somerville Open Studios is coming up the first weekend in May. For three days, the Asylum will be open to the public as community members rove from artist studio to artist studio throughout the city. We have thirty makers participating — if you want to see what we’ve been making, come join us at map #81!

    New Classes Starting Daily!

    2014 - 04.03

    Can’t wait to get started? The classes below still have a few seats available!

    Follow this link for a full list of all of our available classes running in April, May, and June!

    Become a Front Desk Volunteer!

    2014 - 03.26

    Artisan’s Asylum is looking to add to our corps of Front Desk Volunteers! It’s an awesomely unique role in our community.

    Interested in helping out? Complete our online application form here. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EDT on Monday, April 7th.

    Here’s the gist of what goes on and what you’ll be asked to do in this role:

    Front Desk Volunteers are the Asylum’s front line greeters, our first impression for visitors and the curious, potential donors, the press, new students, and prospective members, and the first resource for existing members looking for help. It’s a very social job — if you like interacting with our community of makers and want to help out, you’ll probably enjoy this position! Much of your shifts will be spent finding information or solutions for members and orienting new members, as well as handling sales and door access and helping with paperwork.

    Critical skills:

    • Excellent communication: you’ll need to be able to answer questions from members, students, and curious visitors, in person, by phone, and by email, in a friendly and professional manner.
    • You’ll need the ability to triage when it becomes busy, and to direct queries you can’t answer to the appropriate staff or volunteers.
    • You’ll need to be comfortable handling business transactions (student registrations, credit card transactions, etc).
    • Basic computer skills are key. You don’t need to be a code monkey, but you need to be able to learn new computer applications quickly (spreadsheets/word processing, QuickBooks, wiki editing, and others).
    • Since we’re a small organization that has grown a lot recently, this role also includes occasionally doing mundane things like refilling soap dispensers or taking out the trash.

    In essence, Front Desk Volunteers should have a good sense of humor and a little resilience for when things get odd (we’re a maker community – it’s going to be strange some of the time), along with basic customer service skills and willingness to help out members and visitors.

    Front Desk Volunteers can earn discounts on Asylum membership and tool trainings once they have finished desk training and have demonstrated a commitment to working regular shifts.

    If you have additional questions about volunteering for the front desk, feel free to drop by during Artisan’s Asylum staffed hours and talk to one of our current volunteers (12pm-10pm M-Th, 10am-6pm F-Su).

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Pi Day Celebration this Friday!

    2014 - 03.12

    Join us for a pie-ful celebration of the magical number PI!

    From 7-9pm on Friday, March 14, come to Artisan’s Asylum for a potluck with a focus on pie (of any kind — don’t forget pot pies, shepherd pies, and pizza pies!) and on the important geometric value 3.14159…etc.

    Prizes will be available for people’s choice and most PI inspired.

    All members and their guests welcome!

    Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/601439456610193/

    Highlight: Classes For You Beginning Soon!

    2014 - 03.09


    HSMWorks for CNC Machining7:15-9:15pm Wednesdays, March 12 – April 2: Learn to program for powerful CNC machines!

    Design Drawing for Makers, 7:45-9:45pm Mondays, March 17 – April 7: Start the design process from the very beginning.


    Manual Machining & Layout, 7:45-9:45pm Thursdays, March 13 – April 17, and 1-3pm Sundays, March 16 – April 20: Learn your way around manual mills and lathes!

    Tool Training: Manual Metalworking Lathe, 7:15-9:45pm Monday, March 17: Basic training on the metal lathe.

    Foam Sculpture:

    Working with Foam7:45-10pm Wednesdays, March 19 – April 9: Learn the advantages of creative fabrication in the light and flexible medium of foam!


    Tool Training: Rough to Smooth — Using the Miter Saw, Band Saw, Jointer & Planer7:30-9:30pm Wednesdays, March 19 & 26: Get comfortable with some of the more advanced tools in the woodshop.


    NEW! Introduction to Robotics: Programming a Line-Following, Maze-Solving Robot, 7:30-9:30pm Thursdays, March 20 – April 10: Program your first robot!

    Screen Printing:

    Single-Color Screen Printing: A One-Day Introduction, 11am-4pm Saturday, March 22: Learn your way around printing your own t-shirts at the Asylum!


    NEW! Intro to Wax Carving for Casting Jewelry10am-5pm Saturday, March 22: Explore silver casting using wax as your casting base!