Current Classes

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.

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Assorted & Multimedia

  • Working with Foam, 7:30-10pm Wednesdays, July 9-30 – 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.
  • RETURNED! Kombucha & Ginger Beer: Introduction to Fermentation Workshop & Tasting, 4:30-7:30pm Saturday, August 9 — Join us for a fun “night out” maker style! Learn the basics of dealing with live cultures at home while tasting a variety of home-brewed kombuchas and ginger beers. Walk away with your own fermentation starter kit and all the information you need to get started on your first batch! Taught by Jimmie Rodgers, professional hacker, maker, and instructor and Artisan’s Asylum electronics lab monitor.
  • RETURNED! Introduction to Leather Carving, 6:30-8:30pm Thursdays, July 10-31 — Learn the basics of leather carving and hone your skills on a small project, from design to completion. Become comfortable with using the head knife, awl, needles & thread, and dyes, and make a wallet, belt, or other small leather item of your choice! Taught by Emily Lamkin, a professional artist and designer whose leatherworking focuses on masks and accessories.
  • RETURNED! Leatherworking Projects: Utility Belt, 6:30-8:30pm Thursdays, August 7-28 — Design and build your own custom leather utility belt over the course of 4 weeks, and gain the skills you need to create a wide range of leather projects! Learn how to create patterns, utilize tools, cut, sew, and dye leather. Intro to Leather Carving helpful, but not required. Taught by Emily Lamkin, a professional artist and designer whose leatherworking focuses on masks and accessories.
  • RETURNED! Hacker Junk Creations, 11am-2pm Sunday, October 5 — Sign up for a fun afternoon of computer parts and collage! Combine the colors and patterns of 2D materials with the shapes and forms of 3D objects. Delve into Melissa’s collection of recycled papers and electronic parts, or bring your own! Taught by Melissa Glick, artist, educator, and avid creative recycle enthusiast.
  • Build your own Nerf Gun 101: Basic Pistol, Returning soon — 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

  • Bicycle Maintenance I7-9pm Thursdays, September 4-25 – 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 II7-9pm Thursdays, October 2-23 — 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, October 30 – November 20 — Build your very own hand-built bicycle wheel! You will learn to lace, center, true and tension your own rear wheel. Taught by Seven.
  • Winter Bike Riding & Maintenance: Tips & Tricks, 7-9pm Wednesday, October 29 — Are you hoping to venture out on your bike this winter, but unsure about how to get ready? Want to come share some of your adventure with other winter riders? This is the workshop for you! Join us for hot apple cider & treats while exchanging a full run-down of winter riding dos and don’ts. Taught by Seven Of Nine, regular Asylum instructor, SCUL pilot, graduate of the Broadway Bicycle School, and general bike builder/modifier extraordinaire.
  • Bottom Bracket Overhaul Workshop, 7-9pm Thursday, December 4 — Bottom bracket making a funny noise? Cranks a little wobbly? Tried to fix it but couldn’t figure out that one part? Then this is the workshop for you! Come and learn how to overhaul your bottom bracket–get inside, clean it, grease it, and reassemble it–and bring your personal bike maintenance questions to trouble-shoot with the instructor and group. Taught by Seven.
  • Three-Speed Repair & Overhaul Workshop, 7-9pm Thursday, December 11 — Love that old English bike, but can’t get her to go? Strange ticking or clicking in the hub? Then this is the workshop for you! Learn how to disassemble and reassemble a classic Sturmey Archer three speed hub, and bring your personal bike maintenance questions to trouble-shoot with the instructor and group. Taught by Seven.

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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! Tool Training: Asylasaur Laser Cutter, 2:30-4:30pm some Sundays and 7-9pm some Mondays and Tuesdays in August — Artisan’s Asylum has a laser cutter again! This 2-hour training class will cover some basics on how laser cutters work and review full operating procedures for the Asylasaur, including specifics on the variety of different materials that can be cut on the machine. Every student will get to create a small item as part of the class! Testing will be required before students are signed off to use the tool independently as members. Taught by Derek Seabury, computer scientist, systems architect and Asylasaur team leader and and Jimmie Rodgers, professional hacker and instructor and Artisan’s Asylum electronics lab monitor.
  • Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter11am-1pm Sunday, August 17 and August 24; also available September 14, October 19, November 16, and December 14 – 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.
  • Tool Training: 3D Printer, 2:30-4:30pm August 17 and August 24; also available September 14, October 19, November 16, and December 14 — 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 (see below). Taught by Rob Masek, Artisan’s Asylum Facilities Manager.
  • Introduction to the Multicam Industrial CNC Router6-8pm Fridays, October 3-24 — 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 (see below). Taught by Doug Ruuska, recovering physicist, artist, designer and fabricator.
    • NEW! FREE Design Consulting Office Hours, 6-7pm Tuesdays — Come pick the brain of Judah Sher, industrial design & mechanical engineering consultant for all your design for fabrication questions! By appointment only: email judahsher+doh@gmail.com to reserve a slot.
    • Introduction to 3D Modeling7:15-9:45pm Mondays, September 8 – October 13, and Wednesdays, November 5 – December 17 — 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.
    • Intro to Inkscape for (Laser) Cutting, coming up soon – Get ready for laser cutting! Inkscape is an easy software tool to use to prepare your design for cutting on a CNC cutting machine like a laser or vinyl cutter, and you can download it for free on your laptop or home computer. This class covers Inkscape basics, how to work from photographs and drawings and create files you can export. Taught by Derek Seabury, computer scientist, systems architect and Asylasaur team leader and and Jimmie Rodgers, professional hacker and instructor and Artisan’s Asylum electronics lab monitor.
    • Art to Part Intensive: Laser Cutter, 7:30-9:30pm Tuesdays, June 17 – July 1 — 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, 7:30-9:30pm Wednesdays, October 8-29 – 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 HSMWorks & Autodesk.
    • NEW! Problem-solving in 3D Kinetic Design: Autodesk Inventor, 7-9:30pm Thursdays, July 10-31 — If you’re designing something with moving parts, wouldn’t it be great to know how they’ll work together before you build them? In this class, learn to build virtual models in Autodesk Inventor that mechanically behave like real objects, before investing any money in manufacturing. Taught by Del Jackson, artist and engineer and 3D Design & metalsmithing instructor. Made possible by our sponsor Autodesk.
    • 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!

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Design & Engineering

  • Introduction to Pneumatics and Hydraulic Systems, 7-9:30pm Wednesdays, September 3 – October 22 — 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.
  • Fundamentals of Mechanical Design7:15-9:45pm Mondays, October 27 – December 15 — 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.
  • NEW! Design for Mixed-Media Fabrication: Steel & Wood Chair, 3:30-6pm Sundays, July 13 – August 10 — Learn how to make replicable custom wood & steel furniture quickly and easily, and take your fabrication skills to the next level! In five weeks, build a custom steel & wood chair and the skills you need to make 3 more in the same amount of time. Taught by Josh Beckmann of Somerville Made and Seth Avecilla of MIT, both professional multi-media fabricators and instructors and longtime Artisan’s Asylum members & volunteers.

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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 Tuesdays, September 9 – October 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.
  • Introduction to Raspberry Pi, 7:15-9:15pm Wednesdays, September 10 – October 1 — 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.
  • Quick’n’Dirty EL Wire Workshop, 12:30-5:30pm Saturday, October 25 — 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.
  • Introduction to Analog Electronics: Building Synthesizers, 7:30-9:30pm Mondays, July 7 – August 11 — Join us for an intense six-week introduction to electronics through an exploration of sound. In this hands-on series you will build a variety of sound-generating and -manipulating circuits, leaving with an understanding of the basics of analog and digital electronics, and the beginnings of your own modular synth system. Taught Jimmie Rodgers, professional hacker and instructor and Artisan’s Asylum electronics lab monitor.
  • Programming & Problem-Solving: Line-Following Robots, 7:30-9:30pm Tuesdays, July 8 – August 12 — Approach creative problem-solving using fun technological tools: programming and microcontrollers. Teach Sparki, an open-source robotics platform, how to follow a line and solve a maze. Taught by Jimmie Rodgers, professional hacker and instructor and Artisan’s Asylum electronics lab monitor.
  • Introduction to Robot Control Systems: Arduino + Simulink,  – In this exciting 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.

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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, September 8-22 and Wednesdays, November 5-19 – 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 & Enameling

  • NEW! Hot Glass 100: Introduction to Glass Blowing, 7-10pm Monday, August 11, and August 25 — This introductory class is an efficient and fun way to learn how to work with molten glass and how to be safe in the glass shop! This class will focus on creating a safe and fun working environment while we learn how to make a pendant, a small glass animal, and blow a bubble on a flame workers blow pipe. Taught by Michael Soroka.
  • Glass 100: Curiosity – Intro to Flameworking, 6:45-9:15pm Monday, September 8 — 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.
  • Fused Glass: Create Glass Stones for Jewelry! 6:30-9:30pm Fridays, September 12 & 19 – Come to this fun two-day class to learn the basic techniques of fusing glass! We will learn how to cut glass, stack different colors and material, and create beautiful fused glass cabochons to use for jewelry making. Taught by Dominique Custeau, scientist and glass art maker, and Artisan’s Asylum member.
  • Glass Enamel on Copper Workshop, 11am-4pm Sunday, September 21 — 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 101: Pendants, 6:45-9:15pm Monday, September 22 — 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.
  • NEW! Glass Shop Supervised Practice Time, 8-10pm Wednesdays July 9-30 & Sundays July 13-27 — Took a basic glass class but still nervous working on your own? Sign up for a supervised practice session, where the kiln will be managed for you along with the gasses and experts will be on hand to help keep your puntys symmetric and you Marias centered! Taught by Michael Soroka, engineer, maker, and accomplished glass worker.
  • Glass Shop Tool Training, 7-10pm Monday, July 28 — Learn the safety procedures and proper tool operation to use the small torches and the annealing oven for soda-lime glass without supervision! Requires at least 3 hours of previous torch time. Taught by Michael Soroka.

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Jewelry & Metalsmithing

  • Tool Training: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop, Wednesdays & Fridays in August, September, October, November, December — 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. Taught by Karen Burke.
  • Jewelry I: Introduction to Metalsmithing, 6-9pm Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21, and November 4 – December 2 – 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, September 18 – October 30, and November 13 – December 18Build 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, and by Karen Burke of Silver Falls, professional jewelry maker and member of the Artisan’s Asylum jewelry shop faculty.
  • Fused Glass: Create Glass Stones for Jewelry! 6:30-9:30pm Fridays, September 12 & 19 – Come to this fun two-day class to learn the basic techniques of fusing glass! We will learn how to cut glass, stack different colors and material, and create beautiful fused glass cabochons to use for jewelry making. Taught by Dominique Custeau, scientist and glass art maker, and Artisan’s Asylum member.
  • NEW! Introduction to Chainmaille, 12-4pm Sunday, September 28 — In this exciting new workshop, learn the simple, portable, age-old craft of making chain by hand, applicable for everything from delicate jewelry to sculpture to armor. Start two bracelets in classic weaves while learning tricks, techniques, and possible variations for future projects. Taught by Karen Burke of Silver Falls, professional chainmaille jewelry maker and member of the Artisan’s Asylum jewelry shop faculty.
  • Silvercasting with Cuttlebone: Start to Finish12:30-5:30pm Sunday, October 12 — 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.
  • Make a Ring(s)! 10am-5pm Saturday, October 18 – Spend a day in the Artisan’s Asylum jewelry studio making several rings that will impress your friends while learning the basics of measuring, sawing, shaping, hammering, roller mill, soldering and polishing. Taught by Karen Christians, professional jewelry maker, metal smith, tool designer, writer and educator, and leader of the jewelry studio at Artisan’s Asylum.
  • Stone-Set Ring(s) 10am-5pm Sunday, October 19 — Build on your basic jewelry fabrication skills with extended practice in stone embellishment techniques. Gain comfort working with bezel settings, soldering, and flex shaft while building three beautiful sterling silver rings! Taught by Karen Christians.
  • Bang Out a Bangle, 1-5pm Saturday, November 1 — In this fun, quick introduction to jewelry-making you’ll create one or more dangly, jangly bangles in the Asylum’s jewelry studio. In just a few hours, you’ll learn a little about texturing methods, forming, soldering, filing and finishing, and come out with a finished piece for yourself or a wonderful hand-made gift! This class is great for adults with little or no jewelry experience who want to try it in a short format. Taught by Sage Kochavi, professional jeweler, artist, and instructor and long-time Artisan’s Asylum member.
  • Hot Craft Jewelry Shop Orientation1-5pm Sunday, November 2 — 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.
  • Resin Inlay for Jewelry & Small Metals10am-5pm Sunday, November 16 – Karen’s popular resin inlay workshop returns! Spend a day learning to use natural, easily accessible ingredients like spices to add vibrant color to your small metal jewelry and sculpture. Basic metal soldering will also be introduced in this one-day workshop. 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 Guided Projects Workday, 10am-5pm Sunday, December 7 — 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 a full day of Guided Project Work! With personalized attention, students will be guided into problem solving, tackling more complex design, soldering solutions and introduction to different tooling while working on a project of their own choice. Taught by Karen Christians.

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Machining

  • Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine, 7:15-9:15pm alternate Tuesdays in August; also available September, October, November, and December — 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, 7-10pm alternate Mondays in September, and October– Basic training on the Asylum’s Colchester/Clausing Metalworking Lathe. No additional testing necessary. See registration for exact dates available. Taught by Jeremy Swerdlow.
  • Tool Training: CNC Mill, 7-10pm alternate Mondays in September– 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 Joseph Wight a.k.a. Puppy, professional metal fabricator, machinist, and artist.
  • Manual Machining & Layout, 7:45-9:45pm Thursdays September 4 – October 9 and 1-3pm Sundays September 14 – October 16; also available October 23 – December 4 and November 2 – December 14 — 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.
  • NEW! Screw it Right: Threading 101, 6:45-9:15pm Wednesday, July 16 — Need your pieces to screw together? Learn to use taps and dies like a pro to cut threads into and onto metal stock in this fast-paced one-day workshop! Taught by Doug Ruuska, recovering physicist, artist, designer and fabricator.

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Metalworking & Welding

  • Tool Training: Hands On Metalworking Tools, 2-5pm August 9 – 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 & Fred Manke.
  • Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting, & Heating7-10pm Thursday, July 31 – 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 Bryan Hollingsworth, of Royal H. Bicycles.
  • Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter11am-1pm Sunday, August 17 and August 24; also available September 14, October 19, November 16, and December 14 – 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.
  • Introduction to TIG Welding7:30-9:30pm Mondays, September 8-29, October 6-27, and November 3-24 – 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.
  • Sculptural Metalworking6:30-9:30pm Thursdays, September 4 – 25; and October 30 – November 20 — 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.
  • DIY Kinetic Sculpture: Tabletop Flying Machine, 1-5pm Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14 and November 8 & 9 – 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.
  • Metalworking Intensive, 7-10pm Wednesdays July 9-30, not being offered in August – 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, SOLD OUT 7-10pm Tuesdays, July 1 – August 12 – 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 Bryan Hollingsworth, of Royal H. Bicycles.
  • Introduction to Brazing7:15-9:45pm Thursdays, July 10-24 – 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 Bryan Hollingsworth, of Royal H. Bicycles.
  • NEW! Design for Mixed-Media Fabrication: Steel & Wood Chair, 3:30-6pm Sundays, July 13 – August 10 — Learn how to make replicable custom wood & steel furniture quickly and easily, and take your fabrication skills to the next level! In five weeks, build a custom steel & wood chair and the skills you need to make 3 more in the same amount of time. Taught by Josh Beckmann of Somerville Made and Seth Avecilla of MIT, both professional multi-media fabricators and instructors and longtime Artisan’s Asylum members & volunteers.

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Screen Printing

  • Single-Color Screen Printing: A One-Day Introduction, 11am-4pm Saturday, October 11, as well as October 25, November 15, and December 6 — 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.

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Woodworking

  • Tool Training: Basic Woodworking Tools10:30am-1:30pm Sundays in September, 2-week sessions include testing. Also available August 17 and in October, November, and December — 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, September 10-24; also available October 8-22, November 5-19, and December 3-17 – 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 3-week class, learn the maintenance and safe operation of these tools, and the techniques for using them to dimension rough stock, and get checked out to use them as members in the Asylum shop. 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, September 7-28 — Almost all woodworking projects, from fine furniture to general construction, use a table saw. When used incorrectly, however, it is one of the most dangerous tools in the shop. In this 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: Router Table Fundamentals, 7:15-9:45pm Mondays, 2-week session August 11 and 18; also available September 8-22, October 6-20, November 3-17, and December 1-15  – The router table is a versatile tool in any woodshop, used to cut a variety of edge profiles, duplicate patterns, and make dados. In this two-part class, learn to use a router table safely for a variety of woodworking operations, and reinforce these techniques by constructing a small, simple cutting board project. Taught by Chris Haynes, furniture maker, professional shop manager, and former volunteer Artisan’s Asylum woodshop monitor.
  • Intro to Woodworking: Build a Box7-10pm Tuesdays, September 9 – October 7 and October 21 – November 18 – 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.
  • Woodworking: Build A Chair, 7-9:30 Thursdays, September 11 – October 23 and November 6 – December 18 — 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.
  • NEW! Design for Mixed-Media Fabrication: Steel & Wood Chair, 3:30-6pm Sundays, July 13 – August 10 — Learn how to make replicable custom wood & steel furniture quickly and easily, and take your fabrication skills to the next level! In five weeks, build a custom steel & wood chair and the skills you need to make 3 more in the same amount of time. Taught by Josh Beckmann of Somerville Made and Seth Avecilla of MIT, both professional multi-media fabricators and instructors and longtime Artisan’s Asylum members & volunteers.
  • 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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