New December Classes Posted!

DATE:  November 10, 2013     CATEGORIES:  Current Classes

In the spirit of the holiday season swiftly approaching, the instructors at Artisan’s Asylum have worked hard to come up with fun new offerings for you and your friends and family. Check out the list below for details on new offerings like:

New classes in Bike Maintenance, including a fun and seasonally appropriate evening of hot cider and training on winter biking;
New classes in metalworking including a class on metal bending and shaping and a guided steel projects workshop;
A silvercasting workshop;
New glassworking classes including an intermediate class on shaping & decorating;
A new t-shirt printing class;
and a new FREE fiber arts work night!

We’re also bringing back a long-absent class in Soft Circuitry, which teaches you to incorporate electronics into clothes, accessories, and other cloth and fibers projects.

For those of you eager to start, the following classes have just a few seats available and begin in the coming week:

Introduction to the Matsuura Vertical Machining Center, 7-9:30pm Tuesdays, November 12 – December 10
NEW! FREE Fiber Arts Work Night, 6-9pm Wednesdays, starting November 13
Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting, & Heating, 7-10pm Thursday, November 14
NEW! Business Skills for Artists FREE Workshop Series: #3 – Yours or Not? Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Age, 7-9pm Friday, November 15
Single-Color Screen Printing: A One-Day Introduction, 11am-4pm Saturday, November 16
Introduction to Leatherworking, 4-6pm Sundays, November 17 – December 15
Introduction to Arduino,7:30-9:30pm Mondays, November 18 – December 16

Read on for our full list of available classes starting in November and December:

Assorted Other & Multimedia

  • Introduction to Leatherworking, 4-6pm Sundays, November 17 – December 15 – Do you want to make pretty things out of leather? Not sure where to start? This class will provide you with all the tools and know-how you need to start designing, cutting, sewing, stamping, carving, and dying leather. Taught by Dmitri Litin, Asylum staff member and professional leather fabricator.

Bicycle Building & Maintenance

  • NEW! Winter Bike Riding & Maintenance: Tips & Tricks, 7-9pm Wednesday, December 4 — 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Business & Marketing

  • NEW! Business Skills for Artists FREE Workshop Series: #3 – Yours or Not? Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Age, 7-9pm Friday, November 15 — The internet has turned the rules of intellectual property into a Wild West Show.  If you are looking to retain rights to your intellectual output, there are numerous issues you’ll have to concern yourself with in order to protect your investment. Learn what you should and shouldn’t do with your intellectual property online–art, music, software, literature–and how to judge whether the risks of “sharing” will be worth the rewards. Talk is FREE to all. Third of a 4-part series organized by Jesa Damora of FunnelCake Marketing and Karen Christians of Cleverwerx.
  • NEW! Business Skills for Artists FREE Workshop Series #4 – Keeping the Books: The How, the Why, and the When, 7-9pm Friday, December 6 – Kasey Thibeault and Catherine Costello of Spark Business Consulting and Rich Streitfeld CPA will provide an overview of the typical–but also unique–concerns encountered by creatives when they set up a business.Talking points will include creating budgets and forecasts; business plan brainstorming, outlining, researching and writing a plan; dealing with human resources; inventory set-up; developing an appropriate filing and acounting system; and streamlining the bookkeeping. Talk is FREE to all. Last of a 4-part series organized by Jesa Damora of FunnelCake Marketing and Karen Christians of Cleverwerx.
  • Business Consulting for Artists & Makers: Office Hours, By Appointment — This is a FREE service offered to Artisan’s Asylum members. Dan Trajman holds open hours by appointment for anyone who would like consultation on business-related concerns: register now to reserve a slot!
  • Arts Marketing for Artists & Makers: Office Hours, 6-9pm Wednesdays — FREE consultations offered to all Boston area artists, makers, and craftspeople by Jesa Damora of FunnelCake Marketing. If you have a project you’d like to publicize or get off the ground; if you have creative goals that require resources, leverage, and nurturing; or if you just need to rant about (and maybe get some traction on) making an art life happen for yourself, this is the place to be. By appointment and drop-in.

Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing

  • Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter, 7-10pm alternate Mondays — Learn how to use the Asylum’s new computer-controlled, water-cooled plasma cutter to cut any shape you want out of a 4′x8′ sheet of metal! In this class, we’ll show you how to translate your hand sketches and CAD drawings into patterns cut out of any metal sheet up to an inch thick at rates of up to 200 inches per minute. Taught by Gui Cavalcanti.
  • Tool Training: CNC Woodcutting Router, 3-6pm alternate Sundays – This three-hour training runs you through the basic operations of the CNC wood-cutting router. Each student will take the machine through an entire workflow cycle, from starting up and homing the machine to part removal and clean-up, leaving with a small product they made themselves. Training in generating 2D CAD files and tool paths available separately. Taught by Judah Sher.
  • Tool Training: 3D Printer, 4-6pm alternate Sundays – This class trains students to operate the uPrint SE Plus 3D printer independently, whenever they need projects made. Training in generating 3D models in STL file format available separately, in the Introduction to 3D Modeling class. Taught by Peter Montgomery, student and rapid prototyping enthusiast.

Electronics & Robotics

  • FREE! Circuit Hacking Night, 6-8pm Wednesdays — Come play with electronics at Artisan’s Asylum! For newbies and experienced hackers alike, one night a week the electronics & robotics lab will be open to the public — there will be a free introductory soldering lesson, electronics kits on hand for sale for those who wish to make things, and experienced hackers and engineers around to answer all your questions. Feel free to bring your own projects to work on if you have them! Run by Jimmie Rodgers, professional hacker and instructor and Artisan’s Asylum electronics lab monitor.
  • Introduction to Arduino, 7:30-9:30pm Mondays, November 18 – December 16 — Learn how to program and use an Arduino! This easy-to-learn open source microcontroller board takes all sorts of sensor inputs, follows user-generated programs, and outputs data and power. Arduinos are commonly used in robotics, mechatronics, and all manners of electronics projects around the world. Taught by David Stokes, professional software developer with a long previous career as a technical artist in the video game industry, electronics enthusiast, and longtime Asylum member, instructor and volunteer.
  • RETURNED! Soft Circuitry, 7-10pm Mondays, November 25 – December 16 — Welcome to the 21st Century — an age where electronics are no longer relegated to the insides of boxes. In this exciting hands-on class, you will develop and execute a project that incorporates electronics into fabric! Gain skills in sewing, working with conductive materials, building electronic circuits, and programming microcontrollers, all while electrifying clothes, hangings, costume pieces, and more. Effects can be anything from something that lights up in an interesting pattern, to something that responds to environmental or interactive input. Taught by Jimmie Rodgers, hacker at large, multidisciplinary maker extraordinaire, and one of the first Asylum members and instructors.

Fiber Arts

  • NEW! FREE Fiber Arts Work Night, 6-9pm Wednesdays, starting November 13 – 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!
  • RETURNED! Soft Circuitry, 7-10pm Mondays, November 25 – December 16 — Welcome to the 21st Century — an age where electronics are no longer relegated to the insides of boxes. In this exciting hands-on class, you will develop and execute a project that incorporates electronics into fabric! Gain skills in sewing, working with conductive materials, building electronic circuits, and programming microcontrollers, all while electrifying clothes, hangings, costume pieces, and more. Effects can be anything from something that lights up in an interesting pattern, to something that responds to environmental or interactive input. Taught by Jimmie Rodgers, hacker at large, multidisciplinary maker extraordinaire, and one of the first Asylum members and instructors.

Glass/Lampworking

  • Glass 101: Pendants, 7-9:30pm Monday, December 9 – 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 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.

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.
  • Tool Training: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop, Thursdays – Students will learn the proper use and location of all the tools in the studio and to operate the acetylene gas tank, set up a soldering area, turn on and off the tank, use the polishing set up, the rolling mill, and the flex shaft. The perfect way to get trained up to operate independently in the Jewelry shop if you don’t have time for a long-form class. Testing necessary to be checked off to work on your own — available by appointment, see below.
  • Tool Testing: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop Thursdays – Students will demonstrate proper use and location of all the tools in the Hot Crafts Jewelry studio, including setting up and operating the acetylene gas tank, setting up and breaking down a soldering area, and using the polishing set up, rolling mill, and flex shaft. Tool Testing is necessary for all students and prospective members before being allowed to work independently in the shop.

Machining

  • Introduction to the Matsuura VMC, 7-9:30pm Tuesdays, November 12 – December 10 – Are you looking to build on your manual machining skills and learn how to run a CNC machining center? Do you have parts to machine that require a lot of tool changes or need a lot of milling machine power? Learn how to operate the Asylum’s Matsuura MC-500v vertical machining center. It has flood coolant, a 7 horsepower spindle, and the ability to take on your toughest milling jobs. Requires prior milling and CNC programming experience. Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.
  • Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine, 7-9:30pm alternate Thursdays — One-session basic training on the Asylum’s Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machines. See registration for exact dates available. Taught by Danaan Metge, mechanical engineer, maker, prototyper, and Artisan’s Asylum member.
  • Tool Training: Manual Metalworking Lathe, 2:30-5pm alternate Saturdays — Basic training on the Asylum’s Colchester/Clausing Metalworking Lathe. No additional testing necessary. See registration for exact dates available. Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.
  • Tool Training: CNC Mill, 2:30-5pm alternate Saturdays — Basic training on the Asylum’s Sharp Vertical Milling Machine with MillPwr CNC Servo Controller. Requires previous training on manual milling machine operations. No additional testing necessary. See registration for exact dates available. Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.

Metalworking & Welding

  • NEW! Metalworking: Bend It! 7-10pm Wednesdays, December 4-18 — Welders, free yourself from the tyranny of rectilinearity! Building on your skills from Metalworking Intensive or elsewhere, in this three-session skills based class we will learn tools and techniques for breaking out of the “box”. We will cover the use of a die-bender, custom bending jigs for sheet and rod, rolling curves and rings out of thin-walled pipe and tube, using the torch to achieve sculptural shapes and decorative twists, curving thick walled tube and pipe without industrial pneumatic rollers, and more. Bring ideas for something the curves, and come get bent! Taught by Paul Carson, Asylum member, engineer, and self-taught bicycle designer, and David Dowling, Asylum member, metal artist and fabricator.
  • NEW! Guided Projects: Steel & Welding, 2-6:30pm Sunday, December 8 – Bring your steel project ideas to the Asylum metal shop and get consulting, tips, critiques, and practice on the machines. This session is ideal for people who have taken a class or who have limited experience who’d like access to the shop but are still looking for guidance and instruction. If you don’t have a project but still want to gain experience, assignments and materials can be provided for you that pertain to your interests and skill level. Taught by Ecco, professional illustrator, mixed-media artist and sculptor and longtime Asylum member and instructor.
  • Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting, & Heating, 7-10pm Thursday, November 14, and December 12 – The oxy-acetylene (O/A) rig is arguably the most versatile, potentially dangerous, and misunderstood piece of equipment in any metal shop. This one-shot class will demonstrate welding, cutting, brazing, and heating, and teach you how to set up, operate, and shut down an oxy-acetylene rig without harming yourself, other Asylumers, or the equipment. Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.
  • Tool Training: MIG Welder, 7-9pm alternate Thursdays in September and Wednesdays in October — Looking for an introduction or refresher to using the MIG welder? This training will get you up and running and ready to take on your own projects.  Taught by Paul Carson, mechanical engineer, bicycle framebuilder and metal fabricator.
  • Tool Training: Metalworking Support Tools, training  alternate Saturdays, 3-5pm; testing Thursday evenings — Basic training on sheet metal tools, chop saws, hand grinders, cutoff wheels, metal bandsaws, and spot welders. Both training and testing necessary for use.

Screen Printing

  • Single-Color Screen Printing: A One-Day Introduction, 11am-4pm Saturday, November 16 — Ever wanted to make your own custom t-shirt, tote bag, sticker, poster, or greeting card? In this one day intensive introduction to screen printing, you’ll learn all the basics and by the end of the evening create a screen using your artwork and print a one-color design on your choice of t-shirts or paper. Taught by Erik Heumiller, graphic designer, film editor, printer, and Asylum renter and volunteer.
  • NEW! Fun & Profit with a Heat Press, 1-4pm Saturday, November 23 — If you’re looking for a quick and easy alternative to burning screens, emulsions, inks, and squeegees, learn how to use a Heat Press with custom printed transfers to quickly and easily make custom shirts or other paraphernalia for your group, event or fundraiser. Taught by Mark Cathro, who runs his gamer t-shirt company ArmorClass10 out of Artisan’s Asylum in his free time.

Woodworking

  • Introduction to Wood Lathe, 7-10pm Mondays, December 2-16 — 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.
  • NEW! Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals, 4-6:30pm Sundays, 2-week sessions starting November 3 — The table saw is the center of most woodshops. Almost all woodworking projects, from fine furniture to general construction, use a table saw. When used incorrectly, however, it is also one of the most dangerous tools in the shop. In this two part class, learn to use a table saw safely and accurately, and reinforce these techniques by constructing a small, simple project. Taught by Chris Haynes, furniture maker, professional shop manager, and volunteer Artisan’s Asylum woodshop monitor.
  • Tool Training: Basic Power Tools, training alternate Saturdays, 12-2pm; testing Thursday evenings – Basic safety, basic shop layout, drill presses, sanders, bench grinder, and hand power tools. Both training and testing necessary for use.
  • Tool Training: Basic Woodworking Tools, training alternate Saturdays, 12-2pm; testing Thursday evenings & alternate Saturdays — Basic training on panel saw, compound sliding miter saw, scroll saws, and woodworking bandsaws. Both training and testing necessary for use; see registration for exact dates available.
  • Tool Training: Advanced Woodworking Tools, training alternate Saturdays, 3-5pm; testing Thursdays and alternate Saturdays — Basic training on jointers, planers, routers and router tables. Both training and testing necessary for use; see registration for exact dates available.

We look forward to making and celebrating with you at the Asylum this winter!

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