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    2014 - 04.05

    Check out our full list of currently running, offered, or upcoming classes and tool trainings for adults below! Each class title is a live link to an Eventbrite registration page with more detail about classes, instructor bios, prerequisites, and pricing.

    Look below for adult classes in the following categories:

    We do not currently offer any programming for youth under the age of 18.

    If you already have training on tools and just want to qualify to use them here as an Artisan’s Asylum member, you can get tested out on most tools free of charge. For more information, check out our Tool Testing page.

    Follow this link to view our refund and cancellation policies.

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    • NEW & IMPROVED! Working with Foam, 7:45-10pm 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 & Casting, 7-9:30pm 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.
    • Build your own Nerf Gun 101: Basic Pistol, 7:30-9:30pm Thursday, April 24th and again 2-4pm Saturday, May 24 — Learn how to make a homemade nerf gun!  Perfect for the novice builder, we will teach you not just how to assemble your very own foam-dart-shooting pistol, but how it works so you can design your own. Taught by Judah Sher, industrial designer and rapid prototyping professional.

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    Bicycle Building & Maintenance

    • NEW! Free Bike Maintenance Office Hours, 7-9pm Thursdays, April 10-24 — After many student requests, Seven has decided to offer office hours for students who have taken her classes. If you’ve been to class, but can’t remember precisely how we did that adjustment, or which way that overhaul went, c’mon in for office hours! For previous students only. Taught by Seven Of Nine, regular Asylum instructor, SCUL pilot, graduate of the Broadway Bicycle School, and general bike builder/modifier extraordinaire.
    • Bicycle Maintenance I, 7-9pm Wednesdays, May 1-22 (also available June 5-26) – 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.
    • Wheelbuilding, 7-9pm Thursdays, February 6-27 — Build your very own hand-built bicycle wheel! You will learn to lace, center, true and tension your own rear wheel. Taught by Seven.
    • Build Your Own Bike Frame10:30am-1:30pm Saturdays, May 10 – June 28 — 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.

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    Business & Marketing

    • 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.

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    Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing

    • NEW! FREE Design Consulting Office Hours, 5-8pm Mondays –  Come pick the brain of Judah Sher, industrial design & mechanical engineering consultant for all your design for fabrication questions! Drop-in.
    • NEW! Introduction to AutoCAD, 7:30-10pm Thursdays, May 1 – 22 — Need a digital modeling tool for your 2D fabrication or 3D design needs? Want to create a design to cut on the Artisan’s Asylum CNC router, CNC plasma cutter, or (soon to be available) laser cutter? Try AutoCAD! In this introductory class, learn how to use this flexible tool for precise 2d drafting and annotation, mechanical drawings for part definition, and solid modeling, and create drawings to define the parts you model. Taught by Paul Carson, Asylum member, engineer, and self-taught bicycle designer. Made possible by our sponsor Autodesk.
    • Introduction to 3D Modeling7:15-9:45pm Tuesdays, April 29 – June 3 — 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 Solidworks & CADD Edge.
    • Making CNC Cutting Files: Intro to CamBam, 12-2pm Sunday, April 27 — Want to learn how to make your own files to run on the Asylum’s Blackfoot CNC router? In just a couple of hours Judah Sher will teach you how to create basic cutting operations such as profiling, pocketing, and engraving using this popular free CAM software.
    • Organic Modeling Basics: Sculptris and Blender, 2-4pm Sunday, May 11 — Learn how to make interesting organic forms using the sculpting tools inside free and open source 3D modeling software. Judah Sher will show you some basic techniques that can be used to quickly model all sorts of shapes, from animal heads to jewelry. You can even use these techniques to warp and change other 3D shapes, such as objects downloaded from thingiverse.com. Finally, you will learn how to export your files so that they’re ready to be made on a 3D printer!
    • From Shapes to Parts: Using 123D Make, 12-2pm Sunday, May 18 — Ever wanted to do more with your 3D model then simply print it out on a 3D printer? In this short taster class Judah Sher will show you how to use 123D Make to turn almost any shape into puzzles of interlocking parts, folded paper sculptures, and more! The results can be printed on a standard ink-based printer, or cut on a laser cutter or CNC router like the Blackfoot in the wood shop. Taught by Judah Sher, industrial designer and rapid prototyping professional.
    • Art to Part Intensive: Laser Cutter, 7:30-9:30pm Tuesdays, June 10-24 — Learn how to design for a laser cutter!  This three-session class will take you from idea to ready-to-cut design files using free, easy-to-use software anyone can learn.  Students will learn how to use Sculptris, 123D Make, and some parts of Blender.  Their finished designs will be laser cut out of acrylic after the class finishes. Taught by Judah Sher, industrial designer and rapid prototyping professional.
    • HSMWorks for CNC Machining, returning soon – 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.
    • Tool Training: 3D Printer11am-1pm alternate Sundays 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.

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    Design & Engineering

    • NEW! Fundamentals of Mechanical Design7:15-9:45pm Wednesdays, April 16 – June 4 — Have you ever wanted to make a thing, but had no idea how to design it? Take Mechanical Design for Makers, where you’ll learn the fundamentals of mechanical design by competing in a series of light-hearted, increasingly more difficult design/build exercises over the course of 2 months! 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.
    • Design Drawing for Makers, 7:45-9:45pm Tuesdays, May 6-27 — 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.
    • Introduction to Pneumatics and Hydraulic Systems, 7-9:30pm Wednesdays, January 15 – March 5 — Learn how to design and build the types of actuation systems that power Stompy and other high end robots and vehicles! Harness the power of compressed air and hydraulic fluid to generates hundreds, to thousands, to tens of thousands of pounds of force instantaneously. The systems are much simpler to design and assemble than you think they are, and are simpler to work with than most other forms of actuation. 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.

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    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 Arduino, 7:30-9:30pm Mondays, April 21 – May 19 (also available June 2 – 30)– 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.
    • Introduction to Raspberry Pi, 7:15-9:15pm Wednesdays, May 7-28 — 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.
    • 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.
    • RETURNED! Circuit Bending Intensive7-10pm Tuesdays, February 11-25 — Circuitbending is the art of modifying toys, electronic instruments, synthesizers and effects pedals to manipulate their audio output. By attacking certain exploits, you can get things to make some truly crazy sounds!  The basics are simple, and with this class you will be finding exploits in nearly every toy you pick up. However, with this class you’ll learn how to not only exploit the device, but to then modify it into a performance level instrument. Taught by Jimmie Rodgers, professional hacker and instructor and Artisan’s Asylum electronics lab monitor.
    • Introduction to Robot Control Systems: Arduino + Simulink7:30-10pm 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.
    • Quick’n'Dirty EL Wire Workshop, Returning Soon — EL wire is short for electroluminescent wire – meaning a flexible, durable, waterproof string of light! It’s a quick, cheap, and low-skill medium with a high visual impact. In this workshop you’ll gain the skills necessary to produce long-lasting, durable, eye-catching EL wire costume pieces or decorations, and you’ll go home with a project that will wow your friends and family. Taught by Ecco, illustrator, sculptor, mixed-media artist and longtime Asylum instructor with a particular passion for the wearable and the kinetic.

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    Fiber Arts

    • FREE Fiber Arts Work Night, 6-9pm 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!
    • Introduction to Sewing Machines, 7-9pm Mondays, May 12-26 — Learn your way around a sewing machine while making a pair of comfortable drawstring pants. You can learn on our machines or bring your own! This 3-week basic intro class brings students quickly through the process from pattern to cutting to pinning, sewing machine basics, to seams and buttons and hems. Taught by Carolyn Emberley, lifelong maker and artist, and longtime Asylum member, volunteer, and sewing and woodworking instructor.

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    Glass/Lampworking

    • Glass 100: Curiosity – Intro to Flameworking, 6:45-9:15pm Monday, March 31 — This fun and fast-paced class will introduce you to the basic techniques for working molten glass on a small scale. This class will introduce students to the range of things you can make with soda-lime glass and a small torch, running through pendants, beads, and small sculpture, and giving students time to explore the possibilities of the medium. Taught by Joanne and Michael Soroka.
    • Glass 101: Pendants, 6:45-9:15pm Monday, April 7 — This fun and fast-paced class will introduce you to the basic techniques for working molten glass on a small scale. Walk away with a beautiful glass pendant you made yourself! Perfect for a holiday gift for friends and family. Taught by Joanne Soroka, professional lampworker, artist, jewelery-maker, and teacher, and Michael Soroka, engineer, maker, and accomplished glass worker.
    • Glass 200: Shaping & Decorating, 6:45-9:15pm Monday, April 21 — You’ve gotten comfortable with the first major principle of working with hot glass… you can melt it. Looking for the next step? This class will introduce you to new materials, tools, and techniques that will expand the range of what you can create with molten glass. Taught by Joanne Soroka, professional lampworker, artist, jewelery-maker, and teacher, and Michael Soroka, engineer, maker, and accomplished glass worker.
    • Glass 102: Beads, 6:45-9:15pm Monday, May 12 — This fun and fast-paced class will introduce you to the basic techniques for working molten glass on a small scale. This is all about making glass beads with molten glass on a mandrel! Taught by Joanne and Michael Soroka.
    • Glass 201: Implosions7-9:30pm Monday, January 27 — This intensive, fast-paced class will delve into some of the more complex techniques for working molten glass on a small scale. Imploding glass is to collapse color violently inward with the goal of creating a three dimensional controlled flow of color. Create realistic flowers, marine tendrils, fireworks, and streaks of color in molten glass! Taught by Joanne and Michael Soroka.
    • Glass 202: Marbles7-9:30pm Monday, February 17 — This intensive, fast-paced class will delve into some of the more complex techniques for working molten glass on a small scale. You’ll learn how to make hot and cold joints with glass punties, and how to use these tools to make a perfect sphere of molten glass, with decorative designs. Taught by Joanne and Michael Soroka.
    • 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.

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    Jewelry & Metalsmithing

    • Silvercasting with Cuttlebone: Start to Finish12:30-5:30pm Sunday, April 6 — Learn to melt down fine silver into shapes you have carved out of soft bone. Learn basic torch and silver casting methods as well as finishing, polishing, and sulfur patinas. At the end of one day, walk away with a polished pendant of your own design! A great way to make elegant handmade gifts. Taught by Ecco, professional illustrator, mixed-media artist and sculptor and longtime Asylum member and instructor.
    • NEW! Button & Bag (or Vest) Workshop: Intro to Metalsmithing & Sewing, 10:30am-4:30pm Saturday, April 19 — Get a fun and fast introduction to both the jewelry and sewing areas of the Asylum in this single day workshop! In the first half, you’ll learn to make your own metal buttons, in the second half, a bag or vest to feature them. Taught by Carolyn Emberley, lifelong maker and artist, and longtime Asylum member, volunteer, and sewing and woodworking instructor, and Sage Kochavi, professional metalsmith, jeweler, artist, and instructor, and long-time Artisan’s Asylum member.
    • Make a Stone-Set Ring! 10am-5pm Sunday, April 20 – 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, professional jewelry maker, metal smith, tool designer, writer and educator, and leader of the jewelry studio at Artisan’s Asylum.
    • Glass Enamel on Copper Workshop, 11am-4pm Saturday, April 26 — Bring color to your jewelry, in just a few short hours! Create a beautiful pendant or miniature, while learning the delicate art of joining glass to copper. Taught by Barbara Marder, artist, jeweler, enamelist, lifetime arts educator, and longtime Artisan’s Asylum member.
    • Glass Enamel on Copper Series, 10am-12:30pm Mondays, April 28 & May 5, 12, 19 — In this 4-week class, gain skills and practice in the delicate process of joining glass to copper, bringing color to your jewelry and small metal art. Taught by Barbara Marder, artist, jeweler, enamelist, lifetime arts educator, and longtime Artisan’s Asylum member.
    • Hot Craft Jewelry Shop Orientation1-5pm Sunday, May 11 — Learn everything you need to know to start out working in the Jewelry shop in one afternoon! Testing also required before students are cleared to use the space unsupervised. Taught by Karen Christians, professional jewelry maker, metal smith, tool designer, writer and educator, and leader of the jewelry studio at Artisan’s Asylum.
    • Making the Most of Your Flexible Shaft, 10am-5pm Sunday, June 1 — 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.
    • Jewelry I: Introduction to Metalsmithing, 6-9pm Tuesdays, May 13 – June 10 – 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 Metalsmithing, 6-9pm Thursdays, May 15 – June 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, professional jewelry maker, metal smith, tool designer, writer and educator, and leader of the jewelry studio at Artisan’s Asylum.
    • Tool Training: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop, Fridays – 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.

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    Machining

    • Manual Machining & Layout, 7:45-9:45pm Thursdays, April 24 – May 29, and 1-3pm Sundays, April 27 – June 8 — 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.
    • Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine, 7:15-9:15pm 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. Also available in May/June. — 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, 7:15-9:45pm alternate Mondays. Also available in May/June. — 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.
    • Introduction to the Matsuura VMC – 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.

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    Metalworking & Welding

    • Tool Training: MIG Welder, 2:30-4:30 alternate Saturdays in March & April (also available in May and June) — 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, 2-5pm alternate Saturdays 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, April 8 — 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: 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.
    • NEW! Beyond Basic Metalworking: Flat-Pack Structures, 7:15-9:45pm 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.
    • Sculptural Metalworking6:30-9:30pm Thursdays, April 3 – 24 — 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.
    • Introduction to TIG Welding7:30-9:30pm Mondays, April 7-28 (also available 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.
    • Metalworking Intensive, 7-10pm Wednesdays,  April 9-30; also available 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.
    • 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.
    • Build Your Own Bike Frame10:30am-1:30pm Saturdays, May 10 – June 28 — 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 Machine, 1-5pm Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & 18 — 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.

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    Screen Printing

    • Single-Color Screen Printing: A One-Day Introduction, 11am-4pm Saturday, March 22 (also available March 29, April 26, May 17, and June 7) — 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! Multi-Color Screen Printing: Paper, 7-10pm Thursdays, May 8-29 – Posters? Greeting Cards? Wedding Invites? Print them all in a kaleidoscope of colors! This class will teach you how to both create and work with existing artwork to print multi-color designs on paper. Learn how to master the alignment of screens for perfect prints, and ways to work with ink and additives to achieve any number of looks for your creations. Taught by Erik Heumiller, graphic designer, film editor, printer, and Asylum renter and volunteer.

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    Woodworking

    • Tool Training: Basic Woodworking Tools10:30am-1:30pm most Sundays in April; also available in 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 & Planer, 7:30-9:30pm Wednesdays, 2-week sessions April 9 & 16 and April 30 & May 7 (also available, May 28 & June 4, and June 18 & 25) – 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, longtime Artisan’s Asylum member and volunteer woodshop monitor.
    • Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals4-6:30pm Sundays, 2-week sessions April 13 & 20 and April 27 & May 4 (also available May 18 & 25, June 1 & 8 and June 22 & 29) — 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 former 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.
    • Intro to Woodworking: Build a Box, 7-10pm Tuesdays, April 8 – May 6 (also available May 13 – June 10 and June 17 – July 15) – 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.
    • NEW! Beyond Basic Woodworking: Plane Shapes, 7-9:30pm Mondays, April 21 – May 26 — Come learn how to turn a flat sheet of material into a three dimensional form, and refine your basic wood shop know how along the way. Throughout the course of Plane Shapes, students will learn how to turn a 4×8′ sheet of plywood into a piece of furniture or sculpture of their dreams! Taught by Ethan Zisson, designer and fabricator and new Artisan’s Asylum instructor.
    • Woodworking: Build A Chair, 7-9:30 Thursdays, May 1 – June 5 (also available June 19 – July 24) — 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.
    • Introduction to Wood Lathe, Returning Soon! — 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.

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