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    2011 - 12.14

    Artisan’s Asylum, Inc. is a non-profit community craft studio located at 10 Tyler Street, in Somerville, Massachusetts. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of craft of all varieties. To support that mission, we offer the following:

    • A fully equipped and professionally maintained manufacturing facility, which includes capabilities for precision metal machining, electrical fabrication, welding, woodworking, sewing & fiber arts, robotics, bicycle building and repair, lampworking, jewelry, computer-aided design, and screenprinting
    • A large range of affordable, publicly-accessible classes in these areas and more offered by local artisans, either focusing on creating a final product the student can take home after the class or general training for specific tools
    • Monthly and daily membership plans for the general public to access our facility on weekends and after working hours, encouraging DIY culture and community craftsmanship
    • Affordable space and equipment rental to local professional artists and businesspeople interested in having access to industrial-grade manufacturing equipment and a dedicated manufacturing environment without having to invest in capital equipment and long-term space leases
    • On-site material storage and resale and on-site project storage, allowing community members to create and store projects without the hassle of handling material and storage logistics
    • Hosting and promotion of local craft-related events

    We occupy a 40,000 square foot warehouse in the old Ames Safety Envelope facility at 10 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA. We currently host around 250 monthly members, and have 140 studios, 45 pallet storage units, and over 80 shelf storage units available for rent. Our space has the following amenities:

    • Dedicated 1,200 square foot classroom and computer lab
    • Kitchenette and social area
    • Geothermal air conditioning and heating
    • 15-foot and 25-foot ceilings
    • Communal pallet jacks, dollies, and overhead cranes
    • Proximity card access to for members and renters
    • On-site, off-street shared parking lot and bike racks
    • First floor location with leveled concrete flooring
    • A tractor-trailer loading dock and floor-level double doors
    • Electrical service at each renter unit, with over 300 kVA supplied to the building
    • Dumpster outside for trash pickup

    If you’re interested in joining our community, follow us on Facebook, join our mailing list, or send us an email! For more information on becoming a member, renter, teacher, or volunteer, check out the information under Get Involved.

    3 Responses to “About”

    1. Cat says:

      Hi, Kevin – thanks for the heads-up about the comment posting problem; I hope things are a bit clearer now. (All problems with web design are my fault.)

      Rick – age range is all over the map from undergrads to people old enough to have children who are undergrads, and plenty in between. Project interest also looks to be pretty diverse (robotics, electronics, costume design, furniture design, jewelry, etc.) – how things will shake out in terms of collaborative projects once we can focus on things other than getting the Asylum fully operational is bound to be interesting. But we definitely aren’t lacking for geeky people :)

    2. Meg says:

      Hey there – What’s your policy on parent/kid pairs taking courses? And where are there pictures of the July 4 rubber duck brigade?

    3. gui says:

      Hello there! We don’t currently have a policy on parent/kid pairs taking courses, though we’re willing to try. Did you have a type of course in minds?

      The Rubber Duck Brigade pictures can be found here in all their glory: http://artisansasylum.com/?page_id=357