It’s an exciting time at Artisan’s Asylum: new staff hired, new board members elected, a new multipurpose room being built out, and plans for new tools, possible new studio spaces, and new membership structures being discussed. Our educational offerings are no exception; our instructors are beginning to shower us with new class ideas. In November, just to name a few, we have a new daytime welding class, a new training program for the tablesaw, a lecture on intellectual property in the digital age, and our first class on the heatpress, a quick & easy alternative to screen printing.
More new classes are coming in December: stay tuned for new offerings in metalworking, bike maintenance & repair, woodworking, and more!
For those last-minute planners, check out the following classes with open seats starting in the next two weeks:
Introduction to Raspberry Pi, 7:30-9:30pm Tuesdays, November 5 – December 3
Introduction to the Multicam Industrial CNC Router, 2-4pm Wednesdays, November 6 – December 4
Introduction to the Matsuura VMC, 7-9:30pm Tuesdays, November 12 – December 10
Jewelry: Directed Open Studio, 6-9pm Wednesdays, November 13 – December 18
Jewelry II: Silver Rings, Earrings or Pendants, 6-9pm Thursdays, November 14 – December 1
NEW! Business Skills for Artists FREE Workshop Series: #3 – Yours or Not? Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Age, 7-9pm Friday, November 15
Introduction to Leatherworking, 4-6pm Sundays, November 17 – December 15
Introduction to Arduino, 7:30-9:30pm Mondays, November 18 – December 16
Classes currently available for registration, October-December:
Assorted Other & Multimedia
- Introduction to Leatherworking, 4-6pm Sundays, November 17 – December 15 – Do you want to make pretty things out of leather? Not sure where to start? This class will provide you with all the tools and know-how you need to start designing, cutting, sewing, stamping, carving, and dying leather. Taught by Dmitri Litin, Asylum staff member and professional leather fabricator.
Bicycle Building & Maintenance
- Bicycle Maintenance I, 7-9pm Wednesdays, October 30 – November 20 — 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.
- Build Your Own Bike Frame, 10am-1pm Sundays, November 3 – December 15 — 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 four 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.
Business & Marketing
- NEW! Business Skills for Artists FREE Workshop Series: #3 – Yours or Not? Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Age, 7-9pm Friday, November 15 — The internet has turned the rules of intellectual property into a Wild West Show. If you are looking to retain rights to your intellectual output, there are numerous issues you’ll have to concern yourself with in order to protect your investment. Learn what you should and shouldn’t do with your intellectual property online–art, music, software, literature–and how to judge whether the risks of “sharing” will be worth the rewards. Talk is FREE to all. Second of a 5-part series organized by Jesa Damora of FunnelCake Marketing and Karen Christians of Cleverwerx.
- Business Consulting for Artists & Makers: Office Hours, By Appointment — This is a FREE service offered to Artisan’s Asylum members. Dan Trajman holds open hours by appointment for anyone who would like consultation on business-related concerns: register now to reserve a slot!
- Arts Marketing for Artists & Makers: Office Hours, 6-9pm Wednesdays — FREE consultations offered to all Boston area artists, makers, and craftspeople by Jesa Damora of FunnelCake Marketing. If you have a project you’d like to publicize or get off the ground; if you have creative goals that require resources, leverage, and nurturing; or if you just need to rant about (and maybe get some traction on) making an art life happen for yourself, this is the place to be. By appointment and drop-in.
Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing
- Introduction to the Multicam Industrial CNC Router, 2-4pm Wednesdays, November 6 – December 4 — 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.
- Introduction to 3D Modeling, 7-9:30pm Wednesdays, November 6 – December 18 — 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 contestant on the Discovery Channel’s new design/build show, The Big Brain Theory.
- Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter, 7-10pm alternate Mondays — 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 Gui Cavalcanti.
- Tool Training: CNC Woodcutting Router, 3-6pm alternate Sundays — 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.
- Tool Training: 3D Printer, 4-6pm alternate Sundays — 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 Peter Montgomery, student and rapid prototyping enthusiast.
Electronics & Robotics
- FREE! Circuit Hacking Night, 6-8pm 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 Raspberry Pi, 7:30-9:30pm Tuesdays, November 5 – December 3 — The Raspberry Pi is one of the most groundbreaking pieces of electronics of the last year. This single board computer is inexpensive yet comes packed with ethernet, USB, a high powered graphics engine, digital I/O ports and enough CPU power to accomplish your projects. In this class, learn how the Raspberry Pi can bridge the gap between the Internet and the physical as the brains behind all your projects. Taught by Eric Friedrich, professional software engineer, maker, and member of the team that built the Radioshack-competition-winning Laser Harp.
- Introduction to Robot Control Systems: Arduino + Simulink, 7:30-10pm Thursdays, November 7 – December 12 – In this exciting new class, learn robot control systems software straight from the experts! Over 5 weeks, This project-based course will teach you how to design control systems with Simulink and deploy them onto a Rover 5 platform-based robot automated by the Arduino Mega 2560. Taught by employees of MathWorks (makers of MATLAB and Simulink) this course will highlight how simulation of systems can rapidly accelerate controller design. Sponsored by MathWorks, all proceeds from this class will go to benefit Artisan’s Asylum.
- Introduction to Arduino, 7:30-9:30pm Mondays, November 18 – December 16 — 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.
- Glass Shop Tool Training, 7-9:30pm Monday, October 28 – 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.
Jewelry & Metalsmithing
- Jewelry I: Basic Metalsmithing, 6-9pm Tuesdays, November 12 – December 17 – Welcome to the world of jewelry making! In this introductory series, students will learn some of the metalsmithing techniques used in jewelry construction, including resin inlay, photo etching, cold connections, soldering, design and layout. At the end of five weeks, you’ll have made a ring and a personalized sketchbook with applique copper and brass-decorated cover! Taught by Karen Christians.
- Jewelry II: Silver Rings, Earrings or Pendants, 6-9pm Thursdays, November 14 – December 19 — 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 Karen Christians.
- Jewelry: Directed Open Studio, 6-9pm Wednesdays, November 13 – December 18 — 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! With personalized attention, students will be guided into problem solving, tackling more complex design, soldering solutions and introduction to different tooling.
- Make a Stone-Set Ring! 10am-5pm Sunday, December 8 – Create sterling silver rings with a beautiful stone in this fun and fast-paced workshop! In one afternoon you will learn the basics of piercing, soldering, filing and setting a stone. We will create band rings whose surface can be embellished by small files, a rolling mill and decorative stamps. You’ll use round wire to fabricate a second ring. Students will be shown how to solder a bezel in a classical process of stone setting. Taught by Karen Christians.
- Tool Training: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop, Thursdays – Students will learn the proper use and location of all the tools in the studio and to operate the acetylene gas tank, set up a soldering area, turn on and off the tank, use the polishing set up, the rolling mill, and the flex shaft. The perfect way to get trained up to operate independently in the Jewelry shop if you don’t have time for a long-form class. Testing necessary to be checked off to work on your own — available by appointment, see below.
- Tool Testing: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop Thursdays – Students will demonstrate proper use and location of all the tools in the Hot Crafts Jewelry studio, including setting up and operating the acetylene gas tank, setting up and breaking down a soldering area, and using the polishing set up, rolling mill, and flex shaft. Tool Testing is necessary for all students and prospective members before being allowed to work independently in the shop.
- Manual Machining & Layout, 7:30-9:30pm Thursdays, November 7 – December 19, and 1-3pm Sundays, November 10 – December 15 — 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.
- Introduction to the Matsuura VMC, 7-9:30pm Tuesdays, November 12 – December 10 – 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 Machine, 7-9:30pm alternate Thursdays — 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, 2:30-5pm alternate Saturdays — 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.
- Tool Training: CNC Mill, 2:30-5pm alternate Saturdays — 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.
Metalworking & Welding
- Metalworking Intensive, 7-10pm Wednesdays, October 30 – November 20 — 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 Frame, 10am-1pm Sundays, November 3 – December 15 – 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 four 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.
- Introduction to TIG Welding, 7:30-9:30pm Mondays, November 4-25 — 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.
- NEW DAYTIME CLASS! Practical Welding: Steel Fabrication & Repair with MIG, 9-11:30am Tuesdays, November 5-26 – Want to learn about welding and metal fabrication but not sure where to start? Get trained on the MIG welder and support tools and learn about fabrication techniques while building steel structures and doing some example metal repair work. This class is designed for adults/professionals looking for daytime skills training. Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.
- Sculptural Metalworking, 6:30-9:30pm Tuesdays, November 12 – December 10 – Ecco’s popular metal sculpture class returns! This class is intended to be an introduction to sculptural metalworking techniques, featuring MIG welders, spot welders, and cold forming. Students will learn how to express themselves artistically through steel. Taught by Ecco, professional illustrator, mixed-media artist and sculptor and longtime Asylum member and instructor.
- Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting, & Heating, 7-10pm Thursday, November 14, December 12 – 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.
- Tool Training: MIG Welder, 7-9pm alternate Thursdays in September and Wednesdays in October — 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 Tools, training alternate Saturdays, 3-5pm; testing Thursday evenings — Basic training on sheet metal tools, chop saws, hand grinders, cutoff wheels, metal bandsaws, and spot welders. Both training and testing necessary for use.
- Single-Color Screen Printing: A One-Day Introduction, 11am-4pm Saturday, November 9 & 16 — 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.
- NEW! Fun & Profit with a Heat Press, 1-4pm Saturday, November 23 — If you’re looking for a quick and easy alternative to burning screens, emulsions, inks, and squeegees, learn how to use a Heat Press with custom printed transfers to quickly and easily make custom shirts or other paraphernalia for your group, event or fundraiser. Taught by Mark Cathro, who runs his gamer t-shirt company ArmorClass10 out of Artisan’s Asylum in his free time.
- NEW! Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals, 4-6:30pm Sundays, 2-week sessions starting November 3 — 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.
- Introduction to Wood Lathe, 7-10pm Mondays, November 4-18 — 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. Also available December 2-16.
- Tool Training: Basic Power Tools, training alternate Saturdays, 12-2pm; testing Thursday evenings – Basic safety, basic shop layout, drill presses, sanders, bench grinder, and hand power tools. Both training and testing necessary for use.
- Tool Training: Basic Woodworking Tools, training alternate Saturdays, 12-2pm; testing Thursday evenings & alternate Saturdays — Basic training on panel saw, compound sliding miter saw, scroll saws, and woodworking bandsaws. Both training and testing necessary for use; see registration for exact dates available.
- Tool Training: Advanced Woodworking Tools, training alternate Saturdays, 3-5pm; testing Thursdays and alternate Saturdays — Basic training on jointers, planers, routers and router tables. Both training and testing necessary for use; see registration for exact dates available.
We look forward to seeing you at the Asylum soon!