New Classes & Social Events

DATE:  February 27, 2014     CATEGORIES:  Current Classes, Events

This beautiful weather is energizing, and it particularly seems to have inspired the Artisan’s Asylum instructors this month. We are adding three additional classes to start in March, all first-time offerings:

So let the good weather inspire you to get moving and learn something new this spring!

If you’ve been looking for ways to get involved with the Asylum but don’t know where to start, check out one of our free weekly/biweekly social events, regularly scheduled and updated on our calendar:

Show & Tell (Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm/Sundays 4-6pm)
Come join Artisan’s Asylum extended community members to show off your work, interesting intermediate results, techniques, request ideas on roadblocks, etc!
Next meeting: Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-8:30pm (and coming up March 9, 18, 30)

Circuit Hacking Night (Wednesdays, 6-8pm)
For newbies and experienced hackers alike, one night a week the electronics & robotics lab is FREE and open to the public! Learn to solder, buy kits, work on your own projects, and hang out with experienced hackers and engineers.

Fiber Arts Work Night (Wednesdays, 6-8pm)
This one night of the week, come in and use our fiber arts equipment machines and space for FREE. Learn basic knit and crochet skills, exchange materials, get guidance, or just bring your own projects to work on in the company of like-minded makers!

Tabletop Gaming: Somerville Segmentium – Artisan’s Asylum Warhammer (Mondays, 8-10pm)
Monday nights at the Asylum join us for painting, modeling, and playing the tabletop game systems of all kinds!

Eager to Start? These classes begin/run in the next week:

Introduction to the Multicam Industrial CNC Router10:30am-12:30am and 6-8pm Fridays, February 28 – March 28
Tool Training: Metalworking Support Tools1-4pm Saturday, March 1
Tool Training: 3D Printer11am-1pm Sunday, March 2
Introduction to Arduino, 7:30-9:30pm Mondays, March 3 – April 1
Tool Training: Manual Metalworking Lathe, 7:15-9:45pm Monday, March 3
Intro to Woodworking: Build a Box, 7-10pm Tuesdays, March 4 – April 1
Tool Training: Rough to Smooth — Using the Miter Saw, Band Saw, Jointer & Planer, 7:30-9:30pm Wednesdays, March 5 & 12
Hands-on Electronics: An Introduction7-10pm Thursdays, March 6-27
Bicycle Maintenance II, 7-9pm Thursdays, March 6-27
NEW! Beyond Basic Metalworking: Flat-Pack Structures7:15-9:45pm Thursdays, March 6-27
Introduction to Wood Lathe, 7-10pm Mondays, March 10-24


Full list of available classes:

Assorted & Multimedia

  • NEW & IMPROVED! Working with Foam7:45-10pm Wednesdays, March 19 – April 9 — Bob’s popular foam class returns, with a new spin! Whether it’s making a quick 3-D mock-up, a pattern for casting in fiberglass, a lightweight prop or a monumental sculpture, foam is the perfect material. In this four week class, construct your very own fanciful 16-inch “Mr. Pumpkin Head” while learning how to sculpt, build, pattern, coat and finish different types of foamed plastics. Taught by Bob Field, retired life-long professional foam sculptor of Foam Props, who now designs 3D printed jewelry in his new company Atomic Earrings.
  • Introduction to Mold-Making & Casting7-9:30pm Tuesdays, April 1-22 – Mold-making and casting is a process that has been used by artists and industry for hundreds of years to replicate objects from life or to transform an object into a different material. In this four-week exploration, students will learn how to make one-part and multi-part molds to replicate everyday objects, their own sculpture, or even their body parts in rubber, plastic, foam, wax, alginate, and plaster. Taught by Kat Ely, glass, metal, wood and resin artist, and co-owner of a design and fabrication business that uses mold-making and casting to produce plastic and rubber prototypes.

Bicycle Building & Maintenance

  • Bicycle Maintenance I, 7-9pm Wednesdays, April 2-23 — You may know how to ride your bicycle, but if you don’t know how to take care of it you’ll end up losing speed, causing damage, or stranded with a flat tire. Get your bike skills in shape before the bad weather hits this fall commuter season! Taught by Seven Of Nine, regular Asylum instructor, SCUL pilot, graduate of the Broadway Bicycle School, and general bike builder/modifier extraordinaire.
  • Bicycle Maintenance II, 7-9pm Thursdays, March 6-27 — If you want to get deeper into the workings of your bicycle, this is the class for you! Learn skills like rear hub overhaul, truing your wheels, headset overhaul, and front derailleur adjustments. Completion of Bicycle Maintenance I required for registration. Taught by Seven.
  • Build Your Own Bike Frame, 10:30am-1:30pm Saturdays, March 15 – April 26 — Ever frustrated by riding a bike just not shaped well for you? Ever tempted to try and build your own frame, but not sure where to start? This is the class for you! Over seven weeks, students will build a custom-fit bicycle frame from steel tubes, using lugged construction. Taught by Paul Carson, Asylum member, engineer, and self-taught bicycle designer.

Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing

  • RETURNED! Tool Training: 3D Printer11am-1pm alternate Sundays in March, also available in April & May — This class trains students to operate the uPrint SE Plus 3D printer independently, whenever they need projects made. Training in generating 3D models in STL file format available separately, in the Introduction to 3D Modeling class. Taught by Rob Masek, Artisan’s Asylum Facilities Manager.
  • RETURNED! Introduction to the Multicam Industrial CNC Router10:30am-12:30am and 6-8pm Fridays, February 28 – March 28 — Want to build big? Learn to use the industrial Multicam CNC router! Able to cut 2- and 3-dimensional shapes from full-size, inches-thick sheets of wood, plastics, and aluminum, this machine is the largest computer-controlled cutter currently in our shops. In this month-long intensive training, learn everything you need to know to operate the machine safely and independently. HSMWorks training a prerequisite. Taught by Doug Ruuska, recovering physicist, artist, designer and fabricator.
  • Tool Training: CNC Woodcutting Router3-6pm alternate Sundays in March & April, also available in May & June — This three-hour training runs you through the basic operations of the CNC wood-cutting router. Each student will take the machine through an entire workflow cycle, from starting up and homing the machine to part removal and clean-up, leaving with a small product they made themselves. Training in generating 2D CAD files and tool paths available separately. Taught by Judah Sher, industrial designer and rapid prototyping professional.
  • Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter11am-1pm alternate Sundays in March & April — Learn how to use the Asylum’s new computer-controlled, water-cooled plasma cutter to cut any shape you want out of a 4’x8′ sheet of metal! In this class, we’ll show you how to translate your hand sketches and CAD drawings into patterns cut out of any metal sheet up to an inch thick at rates of up to 200 inches per minute. Taught by Rob Masek, Artisan’s Asylum Facilities Manager. One Session still available Sunday, February 23, 10am-1pm.
  • Introduction to 3D Modeling7:15-9:45pm Tuesdays, March 11 – April 15 — Come learn how to use Solidworks at Artisan’s Asylum to create 3D models of parts you can make in our shops! 3D modeling software is used worldwide in professional settings like engineering, product design, and more to develop and test ideas and guide part production. Taught by Gui Cavalcanti, professional roboticist, founder of Artisan’s Asylum, mechanical lead of Project Hexapod, and guest lecturer at his alma mater, Olin College of Engineering. Made possible by our sponsors SolidworksCADD Edge.
  • RETURNED! HSMWorks for CNC Machining7:15-9:15pm Wednesdays, March 12 – April 2 — Looking to use higher end CNC machining tools to create 2-D and 3-D forms and prototypes? Get familiar with the controls software you’ll need to take a solid model for a wood, plastic, or aluminum prototype and select tools, speeds and feeds, and machining operations and translate them into G-code. Necessary to use the Multicam Industrial CNC Router, for which tool training will finally be available in July. Taught by Doug Ruuska, recovering physicist, artist, designer and fabricator. Made possible by our sponsors HSMWorksCADD Edge.
  • NEW! Art to Part: Tessellating Puzzles11:30am-1:30pm Saturday & Sunday, March 29 & 30 — In this fun, project-based introduction to the world of Solidworks CAD software, learn how tessellations like artist M.C. Escher’s lizard work, and how to design your own! Stay through the weekend and go home with at least one puzzle of your own design laser-cut out of colored acrylic. Taught by Judah Sher, industrial designer and rapid prototyping professional. Made possible by our sponsors SolidworksCADD Edge.

Design & Engineering

  • RETURNED! Design Drawing for Makers7:45-9:45pm Mondays, March 17 – April 7 — With all the focus on new digital design and modeling technologies, it’s easy to forget the value of hand drawing. Most designers still start their process with hand sketches – on paper you can quickly simplify complex spatial problems or evaluate iterations and variations of a product’s design. In this four-week course we will demystify drawing and break it down into its essential components to give students the skills to clearly communicate their 3D concepts in a 2D format. Taught by Andrew Edman, artist and fabricator who co-runs Plus Fabrication.

Electronics & Robotics

  • FREE! Circuit Hacking Night6-8pm Wednesdays — Come play with electronics at Artisan’s Asylum! For newbies and experienced hackers alike, one night a week the electronics & robotics lab will be open to the public — there will be a free introductory soldering lesson, electronics kits on hand for sale for those who wish to make things, and experienced hackers and engineers around to answer all your questions. Feel free to bring your own projects to work on if you have them! Run by Jimmie Rodgers, professional hacker and instructor and Artisan’s Asylum electronics lab monitor.
  • Introduction to Arduino, 7:30-9:30pm Mondays, March 10 – April 7 — Learn how to program and use an Arduino! This easy-to-learn open source microcontroller board takes all sorts of sensor inputs, follows user-generated programs, and outputs data and power. Arduinos are commonly used in robotics, mechatronics, and all manners of electronics projects around the world. Taught by David Stokes, professional software developer with a long previous career as a technical artist in the video game industry, electronics enthusiast, and longtime Asylum member, instructor and volunteer.
  • RETURNED! Hands-on Electronics: An Introduction7-10pm Thursdays, March 6-27 — Have you been interested in learning to work with electronics, but haven’t known where to start?  This class is the place.  It will be a hands-on, practical crash course that will provide you with the skills to do simple electronic projects.  You will walk away knowing the basics of circuit theory, how to prototype circuits on a breadboard, how to troubleshoot them, and how to solder them together.  Taught by Spark, electrical engineer and aspiring mad scientist, and member of Project Hexapod.
  • NEW! Introduction to Robotics: Programming a Line-Following, Maze-Solving Robot, 7:30-9:30pm Thursdays, March 20 – April 10 — Enter the exciting world of robotics with this fun four-week class! Learn some basic programming and Arduino microcontroller operations to teach Sparki, an open-source robotics platform developed by another Artisan’s Asylum member, how to follow a line and solve a maze. Taught by Jimmie Rodgers, professional hacker and instructor and Artisan’s Asylum electronics lab monitor.

Fiber Arts

  • FREE Fiber Arts Work Night6-9pm Wednesdays — Come hang out and play with fibers at Artisan’s Asylum! This one night of the week, come in and use our fiber arts equipment machines and space for FREE. Learn basic knit and crochet skills in traditional and unconventional fibers, exchange materials, get guidance from experienced quilters, costumers, and crafters, or just bring your own projects to work on in the company of like-minded makers!

Glass/Lampworking

  • Glass Shop Tool Training7-9:30pm Monday, February 24 — Learn the safety procedures and proper tool operation to use the small torches and the annealing oven for soda-lime glass with a coefficient of thermal expansion of 104 without supervision. Taught by Joanne and Michael Soroka.
  • NEW! Glass Enamel on Copper Workshops, 6:30-9pm Thursdays February 27 & March 6 — Bring color to your jewelry! Create a beautiful jewelry pendant or miniature, while learning the delicate art of joining glass to copper. Three separate sessions available in February — students can sign up for more than one if they’d like to complete additional projects! Taught by Barbara Marder, artist, jeweler, enamelist, lifetime arts educator, and longtime Artisan’s Asylum member.

Jewelry & Metalsmithing

  • NEW! Intro to Wax Carving for Casting Jewelry10am-5pm Saturday, March 22 — In this exciting new one-day intensive workshop, learn the techniques to take a block of wax and transform it into jewelry. Students will learn to saw, file, sand and texture wax for silver casting. Taught by Corkie Hobbie, graduate of Pratt Institute, jeweler, metalsmith, and maker, and new Asylum instructor.
  • Jewelry I: Introduction to Metalsmithing6-9pm Tuesdays, March 25 – April 22 — Come learn the arcane and secret techniques of making fine jewelry! In this introductory series, students will learn some of the metalsmithing tools and techniques used in jewelry construction, including cutting, texturing, cold connections, soldering, and finishing. At the end of five weeks, you’ll have made at least two pieces of your own design! Taught by Sage Kochavi, professional metalsmith, jeweler, artist, and instructor, and long-time Artisan’s Asylum member.
  • Jewelry II: Intermediate Metalsmithing6-9pm Thursdays, March 20 – May 1– Build on the basics you learned in Jewelry I! Each week, students will have a demonstration of a new skill, covering stone setting, interior piercing, proper use of needle files, using the buffing machine, advanced soldering, and flex shaft accessories for polishing. Students will have the opportunity to put these skills into practice fabricating a set of rings, earrings, or pendants. Taught by Corkie Hobbie, graduate of Pratt Institute, jeweler, metalsmith, and maker, and new Asylum instructor.
  • Jewelry: Directed Open Studio6-9pm Wednesdays, March 12 – April 16 — Taken some classes in jewelry-making and ready to start out on your own projects, but still uncomfortable working by yourself? Want an expert’s opinion to help when you reach a project snag?Join Karen for Directed Open Studios on Wednesday nights! Each week, students will work on projects of their own choice. With personalized attention, students will be guided into problem solving, tackling more complex design, soldering solutions and introduction to different tooling.
  • Making the Most of Your Flexible Shaft10am-5pm Sunday, April 27 — Learn the ins and outs of this powerful jeweler’s tool from the woman who wrote the book! In this packed one day workshop we will learn all about capabilities, tricks, techniques, and maintenance of the flex shaft, to make your jewelry sparkle. Learn to polish to perfection, drill pearls, score and bend metal, cut perfect bezels before soldering, and set tube settings in 60 seconds. Taught by Karen Christians, professional jewelry maker, metal smith, tool designer, writer and educator, and leader of the jewelry studio at Artisan’s Asylum.

Machining

  • Manual Machining & Layout, 7:45-9:45pm Thursdays, March 13 – April 17, and 1-3pm Sundays, March 16 – April 20 — This 6 week intensive class will have you machining aluminum alloy and carbon steel to exacting specifications. You’ll practice a variety of operations on a mill and lathe which will prepare you for creating parts for anything from robots to coffee grinders to bicycles with confidence. Taught by Danaan Metge, mechanical engineer, maker, prototyper, and Artisan’s Asylum member. Also available Thursdays, April 24 – May 29 and Sundays, April 27 – June 8.
  • Introduction to the Matsuura VMC7:15-9:45pm Tuesdays, March 11 – April 1 — Are you looking to build on your manual machining skills and learn how to run a CNC machining center? Do you have parts to machine that require a lot of tool changes or need a lot of milling machine power? Learn how to operate the Asylum’s Matsuura MC-500v vertical machining center. It has flood coolant, a 7 horsepower spindle, and the ability to take on your toughest milling jobs. Requires prior milling and CNC programming experience. Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.
  • Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine7:15-9:15pm alternate Wednesdays — One-session basic training on the Asylum’s Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machines. See registration for exact dates available. Taught by Danaan Metge, mechanical engineer, maker, prototyper, and Artisan’s Asylum member.
  • Tool Training: Manual Metalworking Lathe, 7:15-9:45pm alternate Mondays — Basic training on the Asylum’s Colchester/Clausing Metalworking Lathe. No additional testing necessary. See registration for exact dates available. Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator. Also available in May/June.
  • Tool Training: CNC Mill, 7:15-9:45pm alternate Mondays — Basic training on the Asylum’s Sharp Vertical Milling Machine with MillPwr CNC Servo Controller. Requires previous training on manual milling machine operations. No additional testing necessary. See registration for exact dates available. Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.  Also available in May/June.

Metalworking & Welding

  • Tool Training: MIG Welder, 2:30-4:30 alternate Saturdays in March & April — Looking for an introduction or refresher to using the MIG welder? This training will get you up and running and ready to take on your own projects.  Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.
  • Tool Training: Metalworking Support Tools1-4pm alternate Saturdays in March, also available in April & May — Basic training on jump shear, bending brake, the abrasive cutoff saw, horizontal & vertical band saws, angle grinders, belt sander, drill press, and spot welders. Both training and testing necessary for use. Taught by Chris Kearney.
  • Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting, & Heating7-10pm Tuesday, March 25 — The oxy-acetylene (O/A) rig is arguably the most versatile, potentially dangerous, and misunderstood piece of equipment in any metal shop. This one-shot class will demonstrate welding, cutting, brazing, and heating, and teach you how to set up, operate, and shut down an oxy-acetylene rig without harming yourself, other Asylumers, or the equipment. Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.
  • NEW! Beyond Basic Metalworking: Flat-Pack Structures7:15-9:45pm Thursdays, March 6-27 — For those of you with basic MIG welding skills looking for what’s next: try this exciting new project-based class! Learn to design & build steel structures that flat pack for easy transport or storage and assemble quickly with a minimum of tools. Perfect for making transportable steel furniture, temporary structures, or art that has to travel for events or festivals! Project sponsored by a member of the community — you get to work out your kinks on someone else’s structure, and don’t have to pay for materials! Training on the ring roller, drill press, & pneumatic staple gun provided, MIG welding experience required. David Dowling, Asylum member, metal artist, and fabricator with extensive experience in theater, film, and event scenery.
  • Metalworking Intensive, 7-10pm Wednesdays, March 12 – April 2; also available April 9-30 and May 7-28 — In this class, the instructors will guide students through professional-grade steel construction skills in the building of industrial steel stools, storage racks, and work tables for the shops of the Asylum. By the end of the session, students will have learned all the skills necessary to building load-bearing steel structures, including cutting, grinding, jigging, and MIG welding. Taught by Paul Carson, Asylum member, engineer, and self-taught bicycle designer, and David Dowling, Asylum member, metal artist and fabricator.
  • Build Your Own Bike Frame10:30am-1:30pm Saturdays, March 15 – April 26 — Ever frustrated by riding a bike just not shaped well for you? Ever tempted to try and build your own frame, but not sure where to start? This is the class for you! Over seven weeks, students will build a custom-fit bicycle frame from steel tubes, using lugged construction. Taught by Paul Carson, Asylum member, engineer, and self-taught bicycle designer.
  • DIY Kinetic Sculpture: Tabletop Flying Machine1-5pm Saturday & Sunday, March 29 & 30 — Motion is mesmerizing, especially when it’s art. In this weekend workshop, make a kinetic machine that mimics winged flight to grace your tabletop. Learn brazing and small metal working skills as well as basic mechanical concepts of rotary to linear motion. Taught by Ecco, professional illustrator, mixed-media artist and sculptor and longtime Asylum member and instructor.
  • NEW! Metalworking: Weatherproof Patio Table6:30-9pm Thursdays, April 3-24 — Learn 5 critical metalworking skills by building a small outdoor table in this fun and fast-paced workshop. Taught by Ecco, professional illustrator, mixed-media artist and sculptor and longtime Asylum member and instructor.
  • Introduction to TIG Welding7:30-9:30pm Mondays, April 7-28 and May 5-26 — Come learn how to weld with Skunk! TIG welding is a precise type of welding generally used to make space frames (like bicycle frames) and small pieces. Students learn operation of a TIG welder and a large range of supporting equipment for a variety of materials and joint types. Taught by Skunk, metal sculptor, graphic designer, bike builder, Grand Poobah of the nerd bicycle gang SCUL, and long-time Asylum TIG welding instructor and member.
  • Introduction to Brazing7:15-9:45pm Tuesdays, April 15-29 — Brazing is a uniquely useful metal joining process that allows for joining dissimilar metals and joining metals that could not otherwise be joined by welding. Learn about joint design, brazing technique, and practice joining dissimilar metals; join very thin steel (.010 thick!) to thick steel plates, and join thin walled steel tubes without welding. Even learn how to repair castings made from iron alloys with poor weldability! Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.

Screen Printing

  • Single-Color Screen Printing: A One-Day Introduction, 11am-4pm Saturday, March 22, as well as March 29 — Ever wanted to make your own custom t-shirt, tote bag, sticker, poster, or greeting card? In this one day intensive introduction to screen printing, you’ll learn all the basics and by the end of the evening create a screen using your artwork and print a one-color design on your choice of t-shirts or paper. Taught by Erik Heumiller, graphic designer, film editor, printer, and Asylum renter and volunteer.

Woodworking

  • Tool Training: Basic Woodworking Tools10:30am-1:30pm most Sundays in March; also available in April and May. — Just looking for an intro woodshop crash course or refresher? This class offers basic training in the most accessible woodworking saws and tools, teaching correct use of the hand drill, reciprocating saw, circular saw, jig saw, panel saw, scroll saw, drill press, and belt sander. Taught by Lena Sherbakov, mathematician and neuroscientist, maker and artist, and long-time Artisan’s Asylum member and volunteer. See registration page for exact dates available.
  • Tool Training: Rough to Smooth — Using the Miter Saw, Band Saw, Jointer & Planer7:30-9:30pm Wednesdays, 2-week sessions March 5 & 12 and 19 & 26 — The first step in any woodworking project is dimensioning your stock. Lucky for you there are four tools specifically designed to take rough sawn lumber and process it into boards that are straight, flat, and true! In this 2-week class, learn the maintenance and safe operation of these tools, and the techniques for using them to dimension rough stock. Taught by Jason Rossitto, architectural designer, self-taught woodworker, and longtime Artisan’s Asylum member and volunteer.
  • Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals4-6:30pm Sundays, 2-week sessions — The table saw is the center of most woodshops. Almost all woodworking projects, from fine furniture to general construction, use a table saw. When used incorrectly, however, it is also one of the most dangerous tools in the shop. In this two part class, learn to use a table saw safely and accurately, and reinforce these techniques by constructing a small, simple project. Taught by Chris Haynes, furniture maker, professional shop manager, and volunteer Artisan’s Asylum woodshop monitor.
  • Tool Training: CNC Woodcutting Router3-6pm alternate Sundays in March & April, also available in May & June — This three-hour training runs you through the basic operations of the CNC wood-cutting router. Each student will take the machine through an entire workflow cycle, from starting up and homing the machine to part removal and clean-up, leaving with a small product they made themselves. Training in generating 2D CAD files and tool paths available separately. Taught by Judah Sher, industrial designer and rapid prototyping professional.
  • Introduction to Wood Lathe, 7-10pm Mondays, March 10-24 — Woodturning is the art of curves and cylinders, smoothness and symmetry. This 3-week class will teach you how to use the Asylum’s wood lathe safely and effectively, providing a survey of tools, techniques and tricks. You’ll learn techniques for turning wood on a spindle and a mandrel. And along the way you’ll make a few pieces to take home. Taught by Dan Landers, carpenter, electrician, electrical engineer, and wood buff.
  • Woodworking: Build A Chair, 7-9:30 Thursdays, March 6 – April 10 — In this fast-paced introduction to woodworking techniques, learn to build a piece of attractive wooden furniture (in this case, a wooden kitchen chair) from start to finish. Learn to work rough lumber to finished surface, introducing every major tool in the shop on the way. Appropriate for beginners and those looking to expand existing skills alike; tool training and testing available for complete newbies. (Class fee also includes one month’s unlimited membership to the Asylum.) Taught by Chris Fitzhugh, returning Asylum instructor, lifetime woodworker, and robotics entrepreneur.
  • Intro to Woodworking: Build a Box, 7-10pm Tuesdays, March 4 – April 1 — This class is an introduction to fine woodworking techniques, including reviewing types of wood and their appropriate uses, joinery techniques, finishing techniques, and learning the proper use of most of the tools in the woodshop. Taught by Carolyn Emberley, lifelong maker and artist, and longtime Asylum member, volunteer, and sewing and woodworking instructor.

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