If you already have training on this equipment and need to be checked off to use it at the Asylum, you can sign up for one of our free testing sessions. Testing is also required for those who have completed the training class, before they can use the equipment unsupervised.
To sign up for testing, follow this link to view the Tool Testing Calendar.
The calendar will come up in gcal alongside your personal calendar (if you have one), with available testing appointment slots visible in grey. Click on a slot to select it – your name will automatically appear in the “Who” line. Press “Save” in order to save the event to your calendar and claim that slot. If you do not have a google account, a front desk volunteer can reserve a slot for you if you speak to them in person or by phone during our open hours.
Testing is currently regularly available for Metalworking Support Tools, all Woodworking Tools except the lathe, TIG welders, the manual Mill and Lathe, the Laser Cutter, and sewing machines. More coming soon. For testing on other tools, or if you absolutely can’t find a testing slot available that meets your needs, you can contact trainers AT artisansasylum DOT com — but keep in mind that requests to that list are handled by volunteers, with limited availability.
If you sign up for testing, you’ll be expected to demonstrate that you know how to safely use the tools. If you need training on the tools first, please see our current class offerings here.