January & February Classes Posted!

DATE:  December 11, 2013     CATEGORIES:  Current Classes

We are excited to present an incredible array of Artisan’s Asylum classes for you for the new year!

And, of course, all of our much-in-demand standards returning in woodworking, metalworking, glass, jewelry, bike maintenance, electronics, and computer-aided manufacturing and design. Take some time to explore the full list below!

If you’re looking to share the gift of making with a friend or loved one this holiday season, we are again offering Gift Certificates for purchase online, redeemable for classes, memberships, or any other Artisan’s Asylum goods and services.

Read on for the full list of classes currently open for registration:

Assorted Other & Multimedia

  • RETURNED! Introduction to Mold-Making & Casting, 7-9:30pm Tuesdays, January 7-28 – 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.
  • NEW! Tame the 3Doodler Workshop, 2-4:30pm Saturday, January 25 – Are you part of the 3D-printing pen sensation that has swept the nation? Having trouble figuring out what to do with your new creative tool? This is the workshop for you! Bring in your 3Doodler and go over tips, techniques, and exercises to get you on your way to successful 3doodles. Taught by Ecco, professional illustrator, mixed-media artist and sculptor and longtime Asylum member and instructor, and first wave 3Doodler artist.

Bicycle Building & Maintenance

  • NEW! Bottom Bracket Overhaul Workshop, 7-9pm Wednesday, December 11 – 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.
  • NEW! Three-Speed Repair & Overhaul Workshop, 7-9pm Wednesday, December 18 – 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.
  • Bicycle Maintenance I, 7-9pm Wednesdays, January 8-29 – 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. Also available February 5-26.
  • Bicycle Maintenance II, 7-9pm Thursdays, January 9-30 – 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 Frame, 10am-1pm Saturdays, January 18 – March 1 – 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. Also available Sundays, February 9 – March 23.

Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing

  • Introduction to 3D Modeling, 7-9:30pm Tuesdays, January 14 – February 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 design/build show, The Big Brain Theory.
  • Organic Modeling Basics: Sculptris and Blender, 11:30am-1:30pm Sunday, January 12 – 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! Also available February 9.
  • Making CNC Cutting Files: Intro to CamBam, 11:30am-1:30pm Sunday, January 26 – 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.
  • From Shapes to Parts: Using 123D Make, 11:30am-1:30pm Sunday, February 23 – 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.
  • 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, industrial designer and rapid prototyping professional.

Design & Engineering

  • RETURNED! Design Drawing for Makers, 7:30-9:30pm Mondays, January 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.
  • RETURNED! 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, and mechanical lead of Project Hexapod.

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. Picking up in again after the holidays in January!
  • Introduction to Arduino, 7:30-9:30pm Mondays, January 27 – February 24 – 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.

Fiber Arts

  • NEW! 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 Wednesdays, January 15-29 – 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.

Glass/Lampworking

  • NEW! Glass 200: Shaping & Decorating, 7-9:30pm Monday, December 16 – 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 100: Curiosity – Intro to Flameworking, 7-9:30pm Monday, January 13 – 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 201: Implosions, 7-9:30pm 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.
  • NEW! Glass Enamel on Copper Workshops, 11am-4pm Sunday, February 2 & 9, and 6:30-9pm Thursdays February 27 & March 6 – Bring color to your jewelry! Create a beautiful jewelry pendant or miniature, while learning the delicate art of joining glass to copper. Three separate sessions available in February — students can sign up for more than one if they’d like to complete additional projects! Taught by Barbara Marder, artist, jeweler, enamelist, lifetime arts educator, and longtime Artisan’s Asylum member.
  • Glass 101: Pendants, 7-9:30pm Monday, February 3 – 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 102: Beads, 7-9:30pm Monday, February 10 – 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 202: Marbles, 7-9:30pm 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 Training, 7-9:30pm 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.

Jewelry & Metalsmithing

  • NEW! Silvercasting with Cuttlebone: Start to Finish, 1-5pm Saturday & Sunday, December 14 & 15 – 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 two days, walk away with a polished pendant of your own design! A great way to make elegant handmade gifts for the season. Taught by Ecco, professional illustrator, mixed-media artist and sculptor and longtime Asylum member and instructor.
  • Hot Craft Jewelry Shop Orientation, 1-5pm Sunday, January 5 – 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.
  • Jewelry I: Introduction to Metalsmithing, 6-9pm Tuesdays, January 28 – February 25 – 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, January 9 – February 20– Build on the basics you learned in Jewelry I! Each week, students will have a demonstration of a new skill, covering stone setting, interior piercing, proper use of needle files, using the buffing machine, advanced soldering, and flex shaft accessories for polishing. Students will have the opportunity to put these skills into practice fabricating a set of rings, earrings, or pendants. Taught by Corkie Hobbie, graduate of Pratt Institute, jeweler, metalsmith, and maker, and new Asylum instructor.
  • Jewelry: Directed Open Studio, 6-9pm Wednesdays, January 29 – February 26 – 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 Sage 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.
  • NEW! Directed Open Studio – Full Day, 10am-5pm Sunday, January 19 – Directed Open Studio Workshop is a full day to work on a project of your choice utilizing the expertise of the instructor and the jewelry studio space at Artists Asylum. Led by Corkie Hobbie, graduate of Pratt Institute, jeweler, metalsmith, and maker, and new Asylum instructor.
  • NEW! Glass Enamel on Copper Workshops, 11am-4pm Sunday, February 2 & 9, and 6:30-9pm Thursdays February 27 & March 6 – Bring color to your jewelry! Create a beautiful jewelry pendant or miniature, while learning the delicate art of joining glass to copper. Three separate sessions available in February — students can sign up for more than one if they’d like to complete additional projects! Taught by Barbara Marder, artist, jeweler, enamelist, lifetime arts educator, and longtime Artisan’s Asylum member.
  • NEW! Jewelry: Earring Workshop, 10am-5pm Sunday, March 2 - Ever want to make your own earrings?  This intensive one day class will lead you through all of the steps to turn your original designs into beautiful jewelry! Taught by Corkie Hobbie, graduate of Pratt Institute, jeweler, metalsmith, and maker, and new Asylum instructor.
  • Make a Stone-Set Ring! 10am-5pm Sunday, March 16 - 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.
  • NEW! Intro to Wax Carving for Casting Jewelry, 10am-5pm Saturday, March 22 – In this exciting new one-day intensive workshop, learn the techniques to take a block of wax and transform it into jewelry. Students will learn to saw, file, sand and texture wax for silver casting. Taught by Corkie Hobbie, graduate of Pratt Institute, jeweler, metalsmith, and maker, and new Asylum instructor.

Machining

  • Manual Machining & Layout, 7:30-9:30pm Thursdays, January 16 – February 20, and 1-3pm Sundays, January 12 – February 23 – 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.
  • Precision Machining: Build a Model Engine, 7:30-9:30pm Wednesdays, January 8-29 – In this follow-up to our popular Manual Machining & Layout class, students will apply their basic machining and layout skills to build their own model steam engine. Students will work from plans, lay out part features on rough stock, create fixtures, machine parts and assemble a working engine — whether the interlocking moving parts work together will be the test of their precision machining skills! Taught by Christian Weagle, electrical engineer, machinist, and veteran Artisan’s Asylum instructor.
  • DAYTIME CLASS! Introduction to the Matsuura VMC, 9-11:30am Wednesdays, January 15 – February 5 – 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 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, 7:30-10pm alternate Mondays – Basic training on the Asylum’s Colchester/Clausing Metalworking Lathe. No additional testing necessary. See registration for exact dates available. Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.
  • Tool Training: CNC Mill, 7:30-10pm alternate Mondays – Basic training on the Asylum’s Sharp Vertical Milling Machine with MillPwr CNC Servo Controller. Requires previous training on manual milling machine operations. No additional testing necessary. See registration for exact dates available. Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.

Metalworking & Welding

  • Introduction to TIG Welding, 7:30-9:30pm Mondays, January 6-27 – 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. Also available February 3-24.
  • Metalworking Intensive, 7-10pm Wednesdays, January 8-29 – 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. Also available February 5-26.
  • DAYTIME CLASS! Practical Welding: Steel Fabrication & Repair with MIG, 9-11:30am Tuesdays, January 14 – February 4 – 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.
  • Introduction to Brazing, 7-9:30pm Tuesdays, January 14-28 – 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 Frame, 10am-1pm Saturdays, January 18 – March 1 – 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. Also available Sundays, February 9 – March 23.
  • Sculptural Metalworking, 6:30-9:30pm Tuesdays, February 4 – 25 – 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, February 15 & 16 – 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.
  • Tool Training: MIG Welder, 7-9pm alternate Thursdays, January 16 & 30 – 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, 1-4pm most Saturdays – 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, & Heating, 7-10pm Thursday, January 23 – 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.

Screen Printing

  • Single-Color Screen Printing: A One-Day Introduction, 11am-4pm Saturday, January 11January 25, and February 8 — 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.
  • Fun & Profit with a Heat Press, 1-5pm Saturday, January 18 – 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. Also available 6-10pm Tuesday, February 4.

Woodworking

  • NEWLY REVISED! Tool Training: Basic Woodworking Tools, 10:30am-1:30pm most Sundays – 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.
  • NEW! Tool Training: Rough to Smooth — Using the Miter Saw, Band Saw, Jointer & Planer, 7:30-9:30pm Wednesdays, 2-week sessions starting January 8 – The first step in any woodworking project is dimensioning your stock. Lucky for you there are four tools specifically designed to take rough sawn lumber and process it into boards that are straight, flat, and true! In this 2-week class, learn the maintenance and safe operation of these tools, and the techniques for using them to dimension rough stock. Taught by Jason Rossitto, architectural designer, self-taught woodworker, and longtime Artisan’s Asylum member and volunteer.
  • Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals, 4-6:30pm Sundays, 2-week sessions – The table saw is the center of most woodshops. Almost all woodworking projects, from fine furniture to general construction, use a table saw. When used incorrectly, however, it is also one of the most dangerous tools in the shop. In this two part class, learn to use a table saw safely and accurately, and reinforce these techniques by constructing a small, simple project. Taught by Chris Haynes, furniture maker, professional shop manager, and volunteer Artisan’s Asylum woodshop monitor.
  • Introduction to Wood Lathe, 7-10pm Mondays, January 13-27 – Woodturning is the art of curves and cylinders, smoothness and symmetry. This 3-week class will teach you how to use the Asylum’s wood lathe safely and effectively, providing a survey of tools, techniques and tricks. You’ll learn techniques for turning wood on a spindle and a mandrel. And along the way you’ll make a few pieces to take home. Taught by Dan Landers, carpenter, electrician, electrical engineer, and wood buff.
  • Woodworking: Build A Chair, 7-9:30 Thursdays, January 9 – February 13 – In this fast-paced introduction to woodworking techniques, learn to build a piece of attractive wooden furniture (in this case, a wooden kitchen chair) from start to finish. Learn to work rough lumber to finished surface, introducing every major tool in the shop on the way. Appropriate for beginners and those looking to expand existing skills alike; tool training and testing available for complete newbies. (Class fee also includes one month’s unlimited membership to the Asylum.) Taught by Chris Fitzhugh, returning Asylum instructor, lifetime woodworker, and robotics entrepreneur.
  • Intro to Woodworking: Build a Box, 7-10pm Tuesdays, January 14 – February 11 – 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.

We look forward to seeing you this season!

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