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Artisan’s Asylum

10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
617-284-6878 www.artisansasylum.com

Artisan’s is a 40,000sf. member-powered studio and fabrication facility in Somerville dedicated to advancing hands-on arts and sciences.

Open to the public 12:00PM to 10:00PM MON-THU and 10:00AM to 6:00PM FRI-SAT
Tours run at 2:00 and 8:00PM MON-THU, 3:00PM FRI and 2:00 and 4:00PM SAT, SUN

September 2019

Tool Training: Black Cat Labs Laser

September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$125

Learn how to use Artisan's Black Cat Labs laser cutters to cut or etch wood, plastics, papers or textiles. Gain a solid understanding of what the machines can do and learn how to upload a file and run a cut and engrave. This class will cover the basics so that you will be able to operate the Black Cat Labs equipment unsupervised and in a safe and courteous manner.
The first half of the class will cover some laser cutting basics, safety, and operational procedure. The second half is more hands-on in that you will be guided through cutting and engraving some fun shapes and designs out of wood and acrylic to take home.

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3D Print Optimization

September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Sundays; 9/22-9/29
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$60

Come learn to use optimize Simplify3D profiles. The class will cover customization of 3D printing profiles in order to facilitate design for 3D Printing and post-processing. Class is open to those who are interested in settings to make 3D prints come out great.

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Introduction to TIG Welding

September 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Mondays; 9/9/19-9/30/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$345

This class is designed to introduce students to the process of TIG welding, a precise type of welding most often used in the manufacture of spaceframe structures like bike frames and roll cages. Students will learn how to weld primarily 4130 chromoly steel tubing, as well as different types of materials, shapes, and joints, and will learn how to use a range of supporting equipment (drill press, hole saws, grinders, etc.) and processes that come with welding.

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Jewelry 101: Intro to Metalsmithing – Evening

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Tuesdays, 9/17/19 - 11/5/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$325

Class cost: $325 / Materials Fee: $45 payable to Instructor. Through this 7-week class, you will be introduced to the arcane and secret techniques of making fine jewelry. You will come away with new skills and finished pieces to show off and be proud of. We will work primarily in sterling silver, brass, and copper. No prior experience is necessary.

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Figure Drawing Monthly Pass – Sept 2019

September 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
This pass good for Tuesdays in Sept
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$65

Figure Drawing is an open studio class where people of all artistic levels are invited to explore the human form through drawing and painting. Figure drawing is a great opportunity to keep your artistic skills sharp whether you are a seasoned artist or a beginner: learn the basics of drawing from the nude form! Students are free to draw however they like.

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Figure Drawing Drop-In

September 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$25

Figure Drawing is an open studio class where people of all artistic levels are invited to explore the human form through drawing and painting. Figure drawing is a great opportunity to keep your artistic skills sharp whether you are a seasoned artist or a beginner: learn the basics of drawing from the nude form! Students are free to draw however they like.

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Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tuesdays; 9/3/19 - 9/10/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$115

This class is designed to introduce students to using the table saw which is often the most important power tool in wood shops and woodworking. The focus will be as much hands-on time as is possible so that students will leave the class confident in their ability to explore many of the additional ways to use the table saw on their own or in further classes.

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Art and Interactive Electronics

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tuesdays, 9/17/19 - 9/24/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$120

Class fee: $120 / Materials fee: $30. Electronics are everywhere, and now, they are becoming part of our art. This four hour coursewill introduce you to the Adafruit Circuit Playground, a wearable and relatively easy to programmicrocontroller/development board, that is based on the extremely popular Arduino platform, usedthroughout the world in many educational settings.

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Tool Training: Rough to Smooth – Using the Miter Saw, Bandsaw, Jointer, Planer and Sanders

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Wednesdays; 9/18/19 - 10/2/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$140

After selecting and purchasing lumber, the next step in any woodworking project is to flatten and straighten the stock. Not that long ago, this work was laboriously done by hand. Fortunately, there are four machines available today that are specifically designed to take rough sawn lumber and process it into boards that are straight, flat, and true!

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Tool Training: Metal Lathe

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Wednesdays; 9/18/19 - 9/25/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$160

In this class, you will learn how to precisely perform basic machining operations using the lathe. You will learn about tool selection, speeds and feeds, and how to use the DRO (Digital Read Out) to make precisely dimensioned parts. You will practice setting up the machine, use the 3-jaw chuck to securely hold work, change tools, and perform facing and turning cuts on aluminum stock.

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Directed Open Jewelry Studio

September 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$40

Work independently in our Jewelry Shop under the guidance of an experienced professional jeweler who can help you troubleshoot your metalsmithing projects. Must have previous jewelry-making experience or have successfully completed Jewelry Tool Testing at Artisan's Asylum.

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Directed Open Jewelry Studio

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Thursdays, 9/19/19 - 10/3/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$195

Work independently in our Jewelry Shop under the guidance of an experienced professional jeweler who can help you troubleshoot your metalsmithing projects. Must have previous jewelry-making experience or have successfully completed Jewelry Tool Testing at Artisan's Asylum.

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Intro to VCarve and the Shopbot CNC router

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Thursdays, 9/19 - 10/10
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$350

Learn to use the Asylum's ShopBot CNC Router, and the easy-to-use VCarve Pro - Edition CAM package for creating tool cut paths from 2D and 3D CAD drawing.

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Tool Training: Bridgeport Mill

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Thursdays; 9/19/19 - 9/26/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$160

In this class you will learn how to use the Bridgeport mill to perform basic precision machining operations. You will learn about tool selection, selecting spindle speeds, and climb milling vs. conventional milling. You will practice setting up the machine, holding work in the vise, changing tools and performing basic cuts.

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Family Screen Printing

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$60

Class Fee $60 / Materials Fee $15. Family Screen Printing Class for ages 7 and up. This class focuses on family fun! Come learn the basics of screen printing in a casual print shop environment. It’s a great chance to explore a new skill and create something unique as a family. Send in the design that you want to print together and when you arrive, you and your child(ren) will be able to dive right into printing. The class will cover the basics of ink handling, pulling prints, and creative experimentation.

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Tool Training: Bridgeport CNC Milling Machine

September 28 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
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This class runs 4 Saturdays
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$375

Learn to operate the Artisan's Asylym Bridgeport Series I Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) milling machine. CNC milling machines can be used to make parts that would be difficult or impossible to machine manually.

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Basket Making 101: Intro to Polish Bread Basket

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$50

Students will weave a small reed basket in a traditional Polish tatza basket pattern. Usually made from willow, we will be using hand-dyed rattan (reed) for a lovely basket suitable for use with fruit, rolls, cookies and the like. Students will receive a printed pattern and a choice of colored reeds. Finished dimensions: 8.75” diameter, 2” high

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Introduction To Screen Printing: Weekend Workshop

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$120

Class fee: $120 / Materials Fee: $10. Screen printing is a great way to put your designs on t-shirts, tote bags, cards, posters, and more. But it can be a tricky skill to pick up on your own! Join us for a two-evening class, and we'll take the mystery out of the process. Using the photo emulsion process and your design, we'll prepare screens and print on a variety of surfaces. And we'll do it all in a fun, relaxed environment.

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Lost Wax Casting – Part 1

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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See course description for dates
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$180

This two-session class is designed to introduce students to the art of investment casting using the equipment in the Artisan’s Asylum casting shop. Students will learn the process of investment casting by taking an instructor-supplied model made of wax and casting it in brass.

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Intro to Pulse Arc Welder

September 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$70

The pulse-arc welder is a remarkable desktop machine for precision metal fabrication. In essence, it is a scaled-down TIG welder with a computer interface and microscope – which makes it a unique, high-end tool for joining, tacking, and repair of small items in any metal that can be welded, from steel and stainless steel to titanium, gold, copper and more

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Leatherworking 102: Make A Wallet

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$100

Class cost: $100 / Materials Fee: $35 Expand on basic skills learned in Leatherworking 101 and learn new skills such as hand stitching, creating pockets, and finishing natural leather with oil. Students will be able to choose from a small selection of designs to create a wallet from a pre-made template that they can modify. This class should run for about 3-4 hours depending on if students want to stay to finish their stitching.

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Anodizing Titanium

September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$55

Class fee: $55 / Materials fee: $10 This one-session workshop will introduce students to the basics of using electricity to color titanium. This process (known as anodizing) uses an electrical current to change the surface color of titanium.

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Build A Cherry Side Table Part 1

September 30 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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See course description for dates
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$400

Class fee: $400 / Materials fee: $200. This hands-on class will introduce you to fine woodworking furniture. We will start from one rough lumber Cherry board to create a Shaker style Cherry Side Table. The techniques and skills learned in this class will allow the student to approach any project size. In this class we will use virtually all the tools in the woodshop from Chisel to Tablesaw, Router, Band saw, Joiner, Planer and Miter saw.

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October 2019

Intro to Metal Fabrication: Build a Tractor Seat Stool

October 1 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 10/1/19 - 10/3/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$300

Class fee: $300 / Materials fee: $50. Build a badass stool in the metal shop! In this class, each student will fabricate a stool from scratch, upcycling a seat from a mid-century Ford tractor for the seat component. This class is intended for students with some beginner-level experience that are looking to improve their welding and metal shop skills.

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Tool Training: Metal Lathe

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Wednesdays; 10/2/19 - 10/9/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$160

In this class, you will learn how to precisely perform basic machining operations using the lathe. You will learn about tool selection, speeds and feeds, and how to use the DRO (Digital Read Out) to make precisely dimensioned parts. You will practice setting up the machine, use the 3-jaw chuck to securely hold work, change tools, and perform facing and turning cuts on aluminum stock.

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Rotary Engraving with Lasers

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$80

Class fee: $80 / Materials fee: $5.Learn how to use the Rotary Engraving Tool with the Black Cat Lab laser cutters. The rotary engraving tool for the Black Cat Labs laser cutters is the best way to attain high resolution engravings on cylindrical objects. This tool is primarily used for engraving bottles, glasses, and other round objects.

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Tool Training: Bridgeport Mill

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Thursdays; 10/3/19 – 10/10/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$160

In this class you will learn how to use the Bridgeport mill to perform basic precision machining operations. You will learn about tool selection, selecting spindle speeds, and climb milling vs. conventional milling. You will practice setting up the machine, holding work in the vise, changing tools and performing basic cuts.

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Bicycle Maintenance 1

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Thursdays, 10/3/19 - 10/24/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$140

Learn how to maintain your bicycle! Students will be performing the maintenance themselves, on their own bicycles, after a short instruction and demonstration. This is a basic course, and some bicycle types may be outside of the scope of the course. However, the course does reach a level of detail at which students who are intending to expand their knowledge of bicycles find it helpful to do some light note-taking during lecture time.

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Make a Ring(s) Workshop

October 5 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Saturday and Sunday, 10/5/19 - 10/6/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$215

Class cost: $215 / Materials Fee: $35. Spend a weekend in the Artisan's Asylum jewelry studio learning to make several rings!! Starting with a simple soldered brass band ring, students will learn the basics of measuring, sawing and shaping your ring. Moving on to stacking rings, students will make three individual sterling silver rings with small soldered decorative elements.

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Metalworking 101 – Cut, Grind, and Drill!

October 5 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$110

Class fee: $110 / Materials fee: $15. Metalworking 101 will provide the students with the bare minimum of training to start working in the Asylum's metal shop and is the perfect warm-up to Artisan's welding classes. The class consists of formal training from the instructor who will demonstrate safe and successful usage of each tool, describe and demonstrate best practices, and inform students of unsafe and undesirable outcomes. Each student will have hands-on time with each tool under supervision.

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Leatherworking 101: Make a Belt

October 5 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$55

Class fee: $55 / Materials fee: $25. Over the course of 2 to 3 hours, this class aims to teach students the basics of leatherworking. This class will walk students through creating a basic belt design.

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Introduction To Screen Printing: Weekend Workshop

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$130

Screen printing is a great way to put your designs on t-shirts, tote bags, cards, posters, and more. But it can be a tricky skill to pick up on your own! Join us for a two-evening class, and we'll take the mystery out of the process. Using the photo emulsion process and your design, we'll prepare screens and print on a variety of surfaces. And we'll do it all in a fun, relaxed environment.

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Needleminders 101: Keep your mind & needles happy

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$30

Class fee: $30 / Materials Fee: $15. Ever lost a needle? Never lose one again! We will be making fun fabric buttons and then turning them into needle minders. Needle minders are a magnetic accessory designed to prevent your needle from getting lost when you need to pause stitching or as you are changing threads. Make an adorable and unique needle minder.

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Basic MIG Welding

October 6 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$120

Class fee: $120 / Materials fee: $30MIG Welding (Metal Inert Gas Welding) is a simple, versatile arc welding process that is generally considered to be the easiest to learn of the arc welding processes. Our Basic MIG Welding class is designed for the very beginner or for the intermediate welder that needs a refresher.

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Introduction to Screen Printing: Weeknights

October 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Monday and Wednesday, 10/7/19 - 10/9/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$130

Class fee: $120 / Materials fee: $10. Screen printing is a great way to put your designs on t-shirts, tote bags, cards, posters, and more. But it can be a tricky skill to pick up on your own! oin us for a two-evening class, and we'll take the mystery out of the process.

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Hands On Basic Electronics

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Mondays, 10/7/19 - 10/28/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$225

Class fee: $225 / Materials fee: $30. Have you been interested in learning to work with electronics, but haven’t known where to start? This class is for you! It will be a hands-on, practical, crash course that will provide you with the skills to do simple electronic projects. You will walk away knowing the basics of circuit theory, how to prototype circuits on a breadboard, how to troubleshoot them, and how to solder them together.

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Intro to SolidWorks

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Mondays; 10/7/19 - 11/4/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$300

3D modeling software is used worldwide in professional settings like engineering, animation, product design, architecture, and more. Designing parts in 3D modeling environments allows you to develop an idea in full before you cut any material, and then either make parts automatically on computer-enabled tools.

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Introduction to TIG Welding

October 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Mondays; 10/7/19-10/28/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$345

Class fee: $345 / Materials fee: $20. This class is designed to introduce students to the process of TIG welding, a precise type of welding most often used in the manufacture of spaceframe structures like bike frames and roll cages. Students will learn how to weld primarily 4130 chromoly steel tubing, as well as different types of materials, shapes, and joints, and will learn how to use a range of supporting equipment (drill press, hole saws, grinders, etc.) and processes that come with welding.

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Tool Training: Black Cat Labs Laser

October 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$120

Class fee: $120 / Materials fee: $5. Learn how to use Artisan's Black Cat Labs laser cutters to cut or etch wood, plastics, papers or textiles. Gain a solid understanding of what the machines can do and learn how to upload a file and run a cut and engrave. This class will cover the basics so that you will be able to operate the Black Cat Labs equipment unsupervised and in a safe and courteous manner.

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Metal Fabrication: Welding a Geometric Sculpture

October 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 10/8/19 - 10/17/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$200

Class fee: $200 / Materials fee: $100. Create a unique geometric sculpture using oxy cutting, grinding, and TIG welding, while being introduced into the world of fabrication, tooling and welding. This class will guide students through three metalworking and welding processes. During this six-session course, students will learn how to use the Oxy-Acetylene torch cutter and the proper use of this tool, grinding techniques to shape your metal piece, and use of the spot or TIG welding to piece together pieces of your sculpture. 

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Tool Training: 3D Printers (Weeknights)

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$85

This one session class will train students on how to use the Asylum’s multiple 3D printers safely and effectively, running through using the 3D model compiler (Simplify3D), printing parts, changing materials, properly removing parts from the beds, and properly disposing of all materials after the print: all the training you need to get going in one afternoon!

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Felting 101

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$50

This class is great for beginners interested in learning the basic characteristics and functions of the medium through step by step instructions. Students will be introduced to supplies, how to use and take care of supplies and best studio practices. The class is an introduction to the methods and applications of the primary textile construction technique of felting. Students will create their own artwork using this traditional skill.

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Tool Training: 3D Printers (Weekends)

October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$85

This one session class will train students on how to use the Asylum’s multiple 3D printers safely and effectively, running through using the 3D model compiler (Simplify3D), printing parts, changing materials, properly removing parts from the beds, and properly disposing of all materials after the print: all the training you need to get going in one afternoon!

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Build A Cherry Side Table PART 2

October 14 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
This class runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for 2 weeks.
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$650

This hands-on class will introduce you to fine woodworking furniture. We will start from one rough lumber Cherry board to create a Shaker style Cherry Side Table with a drawer. The techniques and skills learned in this class will allow the student to approach any project size. With this class we will use virtually all the tools in the woodshop from Chisel to Tablesaw, Router, Band saw, Joiner, Planer and Miter saw.

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Macrame Earrings

October 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$30

Class fee: $30 / Materials fee: $10. During this 2-hour class, students will learn how to make fun and simple macrame earrings. Through simple steps using fiber, you can create these gorgeous DIY earrings in any color you choose.

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Introduction to Surface Mount Circuit Assembly and Rework

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$85

Would you like to learn modern, surface mount approaches to circuit assembly, but need a quick introduction? This class introduces students to the basic techniques required in order to get up and running with their own DIY surface mount circuit assembly and rework, preparing students for prototyping and building their own SMD circuit board creations.

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Tool Training: Metal Lathe

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Wednesdays, 10/16/19 - 10/23/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$160

In this class, you will learn how to precisely perform basic machining operations using the lathe. You will learn about tool selection, speeds and feeds, and how to use the DRO (Digital Read Out) to make precisely dimensioned parts. You will practice setting up the machine, use the 3-jaw chuck to securely hold work, change tools, and perform facing and turning cuts on aluminum stock.

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Tool Training: Rough to Smooth – Using the Miter Saw, Bandsaw, Jointer, Planer and Sanders

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  |   Multiple Session Class (See all dates)
Wednesdays; 10/16/19 – 10/23/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$160

Class fee: $160 / Materials fee: $15. After selecting and purchasing lumber, the next step in any woodworking project is to flatten and straighten the stock. Not that long ago, this work was laboriously done by hand. Fortunately, there are four machines available today that are specifically designed to take rough sawn lumber and process it into boards that are straight, flat, and true!

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Tool Training & Testing: Jewelry Studio

October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$95

This one session tool training is the perfect way to get trained up to operate independently in the Jewelry Shop if you already have some jewelry-making experience and don't have time for a long-form class. Testing is necessary to be certified to work on your own in the Shop. Choose the date that works for you!

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Introduction to the Raspberry Pi

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$200

Class fee: $200 / Materials fee: $90. This class will provide an overview of the Raspberry Pi and its operating system. Students will build simple applications using GPIO, a stepper motor and a camera module. Experience with Python and Linux would be useful but is not necessary.

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Tool Training: Bridgeport Mill

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Thursdays; 10/17/19 - 10/24/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$160

In this class you will learn how to use the Bridgeport mill to perform basic precision machining operations. You will learn about tool selection, selecting spindle speeds, and climb milling vs. conventional milling. You will practice setting up the machine, holding work in the vise, changing tools and performing basic cuts.

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Basket Making 101: Intro to Polish Bread Basket

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$50

Students will weave a small reed basket in a traditional Polish tatza basket pattern. Usually made from willow, we will be using hand-dyed rattan (reed) for a lovely basket suitable for use with fruit, rolls, cookies and the like. Students will receive a printed pattern and a choice of colored reeds. Finished dimensions: 8.75” diameter, 2” high

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Lost Wax Casting – 2

October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Saturday and Sunday, 10/19/19 - 10/20/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$180

This course is for students who have already taken Casting 1 or have equivalent experience, and is primarily focused on model creation. In this course, you will learn wax working techniques, create your own design in wax, invest, and cast a finished piece- we will also cover mold making/wax injection, finishing techniques, and possibly casting from PLA.

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Leatherworking 102: Make A Wallet

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$100

Class cost: $100 / Materials Fee: $35 Expand on basic skills learned in Leatherworking 101 and learn new skills such as hand stitching, creating pockets, and finishing natural leather with oil. Students will be able to choose from a small selection of designs to create a wallet from a pre-made template that they can modify. This class should run for about 3-4 hours depending on if students want to stay to finish their stitching.

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Glass Engraving: Making Votive Holders

October 23 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$80

Join us for a laser engraving class to design and craft a beautiful set of etched glass votive holders—the perfect accent for summer dinners.

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Tool Training: Black Cat Labs Laser

October 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$120

Class fee: $120 / Materials fee: $5. Learn how to use Artisan's Black Cat Labs laser cutters to cut or etch wood, plastics, papers or textiles. Gain a solid understanding of what the machines can do and learn how to upload a file and run a cut and engrave. This class will cover the basics so that you will be able to operate the Black Cat Labs equipment unsupervised and in a safe and courteous manner.

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Build A Cherry Side Table Part 1

October 28 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$400

Class Fee: $400 / Materials Fee: $200. This hands-on class will introduce you to fine woodworking furniture. We will start from one rough lumber Cherry board to create a Shaker style Cherry Side Table. The techniques and skills learned in this class will allow the student to approach any project size. In this class we will use virtually all the tools in the woodshop from Chisel to Tablesaw, Router, Band saw, Joiner, Planer and Miter saw.

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Jewelry 201: Setting Faceted Gemstones

October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wednesdays; 10/30/19 - 11/6/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$225

Class Fee: $225 / Materials Fee: $40. Build upon your Jewelry 101 skills and learn the art of setting faceted gemstones! In two evening sessions, we will cover how to set faceted gemstones in prongs (4-prong heads) and in small bezels, also known as tube-setting.

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Sewing 101: Bag It!

October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$40

Class fee: $40 / Materials fee: $10. Learn to use the fiber arts sewing machines and make a bag to keep in your car for groceries or your boots and mittens.This four hour class will introduce the basics of planning a project, how sewing machines work, terminology, and how to make really useful things. Take your completed bag home at the end of the class!!

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November 2019

Tool Training: Bridgeport CNC Milling Machine

November 2 @ 10:15 am
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11/2/19 - 11/23/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$375

Learn to operate the Artisan's Asylym Bridgeport Series I Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) milling machine. CNC milling machines can be used to make parts that would be difficult or impossible to machine manually.

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Intro to Pulse Arc Welder

November 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$70

The pulse-arc welder is a remarkable desktop machine for precision metal fabrication. In essence, it is a scaled-down TIG welder with a computer interface and microscope – which makes it a unique, high-end tool for joining, tacking, and repair of small items in any metal that can be welded, from steel and stainless steel to titanium, gold, copper and more

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Metalworking 101 – Cut, Grind, and Drill!

November 2 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$110

Class fee: $110 / Materials fee: $15. Metalworking 101 will provide the students with the bare minimum of training to start working in the Asylum's metal shop and is the perfect warm-up to Artisan's welding classes. The class consists of formal training from the instructor who will demonstrate safe and successful usage of each tool, describe and demonstrate best practices, and inform students of unsafe and undesirable outcomes. Each student will have hands-on time with each tool under supervision.

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Leatherworking 101: Make a Belt

November 2 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$55

Class fee: $55 / Materials fee: $25. Over the course of 2 to 3 hours, this class aims to teach students the basics of leatherworking. This class will walk students through creating a basic belt design.

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Introduction To Screen Printing: Weekend Workshop

November 2 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$130

Screen printing is a great way to put your designs on t-shirts, tote bags, cards, posters, and more. But it can be a tricky skill to pick up on your own! Join us for a two-evening class, and we'll take the mystery out of the process. Using the photo emulsion process and your design, we'll prepare screens and print on a variety of surfaces. And we'll do it all in a fun, relaxed environment.

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Anodizing Titanium

November 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$55

Class fee: $55 / Materials fee: $10 This one-session workshop will introduce students to the basics of using electricity to color titanium. This process (known as anodizing) uses an electrical current to change the surface color of titanium.

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Tool Training: 3D Printers (Weekends)

November 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$85

This one session class will train students on how to use the Asylum’s multiple 3D printers safely and effectively, running through using the 3D model compiler (Simplify3D), printing parts, changing materials, properly removing parts from the beds, and properly disposing of all materials after the print: all the training you need to get going in one afternoon!

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Basic MIG Welding

November 3 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$120

Class fee: $120 / Materials fee: $30. MIG Welding (Metal Inert Gas Welding) is a simple, versatile arc welding process that is generally considered to be the easiest to learn of the arc welding processes. Our Basic MIG Welding class is designed for the very beginner or for the intermediate welder that needs a refresher. 

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Introduction to Screen Printing: Weeknights

November 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Monday and Wednesday, 11/4/19 - 11/6/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$130

Class fee: $120 / Materials fee: $30. Screen printing is a great way to put your designs on t-shirts, tote bags, cards, posters, and more. But it can be a tricky skill to pick up on your own! Join us for a two-evening class, and we'll take the mystery out of the process. Using the photo emulsion process and your design, we'll prepare screens and print on a variety of surfaces. And we'll do it all in a fun, relaxed environment.

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Hands On Basic Electronics

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mondays, 11/4/19 - 11/25/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$225

Class fee: $225 / Materials fee: $30. Have you been interested in learning to work with electronics, but haven’t known where to start? This class is for you! It will be a hands-on, practical, crash course that will provide you with the skills to do simple electronic projects. You will walk away knowing the basics of circuit theory, how to prototype circuits on a breadboard, how to troubleshoot them, and how to solder them together.

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Introduction to TIG Welding

November 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mondays; 11/4/19-11/25/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$345

Class fee: $345 / Materials fee: $20. This class is designed to introduce students to the process of TIG welding, a precise type of welding most often used in the manufacture of spaceframe structures like bike frames and roll cages. Students will learn how to weld primarily 4130 chromoly steel tubing, as well as different types of materials, shapes, and joints, and will learn how to use a range of supporting equipment (drill press, hole saws, grinders, etc.) and processes that come with welding.

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Watercolor Workshop

November 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Tuesdays; 11/5/19 - 11/19/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$110

Class Description Watercolor painting offers some of the most immediate and exciting results in art-making. In this class, we will…

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Tool Training: Black Cat Labs Laser

November 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$125

Learn how to use Artisan's Black Cat Labs laser cutters to cut or etch wood, plastics, papers or textiles. Gain a solid understanding of what the machines can do and learn how to upload a file and run a cut and engrave. This class will cover the basics so that you will be able to operate the Black Cat Labs equipment unsupervised and in a safe and courteous manner.

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Tool Training: Metal Lathe

November 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wednesdays, 11/6/19 - 11/13/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$160

In this class, you will learn how to precisely perform basic machining operations using the lathe. You will learn about tool selection, speeds and feeds, and how to use the DRO (Digital Read Out) to make precisely dimensioned parts. You will practice setting up the machine, use the 3-jaw chuck to securely hold work, change tools, and perform facing and turning cuts on aluminum stock.

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Rotary Engraving with Lasers

November 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$80

Class fee: $80 / Materials fee: $5.Learn how to use the Rotary Engraving Tool with the Black Cat Lab laser cutters. The rotary engraving tool for the Black Cat Labs laser cutters is the best way to attain high-resolution engravings on cylindrical objects. This tool is primarily used for engraving bottles, glasses, and other round objects.

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Guided Bike Tune Up

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$80

Tired of taking your bike to the shop for a tune up? Learn to do this basic maintenance yourself and how to identify and fix small problems before they put your bike out of commission.  Give your bike a tune up with the guidance of an experienced mechanic. In this class the instructor will walk you through an evaluation of your bike to find any potential problems and then guide you through the steps required to fix those problems.

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Tool Training: Bridgeport Mill

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Thursdays; 8/1/2019 - 8/8/2019
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$160

In this class you will learn how to use the Bridgeport mill to perform basic precision machining operations. You will learn about tool selection, selecting spindle speeds, and climb milling vs. conventional milling. You will practice setting up the machine, holding work in the vise, changing tools and performing basic cuts.

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Glass Enamel on Copper

November 9 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$200

Class cost: $200 / Material's Fee: $25 payable to Instructor. Learn to fuse glass enamel to copper in this weekend workshop! We will explore multiple enameling techniques: sifting, wetpacking, sgraffito, stencils, and embedding other elements using a small kiln for firing the pieces. Expect to create multiple enameled pieces for jewelry or wall hung paintings.

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Upcycled T-Shirt Basket

November 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Saturday/Sunday; 11/9/2019-11/10/2019
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$100

In the first session students will make yarn with their own old t-shirts. Then they will learn how to make a basket base with clothesline. In the second session, students will learn to various patterns possible with the twining technique and how to make a rim to finish the basket.

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Intro to SolidWorks

November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until December 9, 2019

Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$300

3D modeling software is used worldwide in professional settings like engineering, animation, product design, architecture, and more. Designing parts in 3D modeling environments allows you to develop an idea in full before you cut any material, and then either make parts automatically on computer-enabled tools.

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Cover It: Sewing 102

November 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wednesdays, 11/13/19 - 11/20/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$120

What do you need to protect from the weather, dust, abrasion? Make a cover for your bike, side table, hand/power tools, computer or musical instruments. Learn how to select the right fabric, measuring and patterning, using the industrial machines safely - this class takes you step by step.

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Tool Training: 3D Printers (Weeknights)

November 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$85

This one session class will train students on how to use the Asylum’s multiple 3D printers safely and effectively, running through using the 3D model compiler (Simplify3D), printing parts, changing materials, properly removing parts from the beds, and properly disposing of all materials after the print: all the training you need to get going in one afternoon!

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Tool Training: Rough to Smooth – Using the Miter Saw, Bandsaw, Jointer, Planer and Sanders

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Wednesdays; 11/13/19 – 11/20/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$160

Class fee: $160 / Materials fee: $15. After selecting and purchasing lumber, the next step in any woodworking project is to flatten and straighten the stock. Not that long ago, this work was laboriously done by hand. Fortunately, there are four machines available today that are specifically designed to take rough sawn lumber and process it into boards that are straight, flat, and true!

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Tool Training & Testing: Jewelry Studio

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$95

Tool Training is the fastest way to start working independently in the Artisan's Asylum Jewelry Shop and is designed for those with some level of jewelry experience, whether you're an occasional hobbyist or a seasoned metalsmith. In one 3-hour session, students will get up to speed on our particular shop procedures and layout as well as safety and basic use of the air-acetylene torches, forming tools, flex shafts, and the polishing machine. For those who have more experience, other tools may be covered as time allows.

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Glass Engraving: Making Votive Holders

November 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$80

There’s a secret ingredient that makes the best home decor stand out from the pack—accents that captivate. Join us for this laser engraving class to design and craft a beautiful set of etched glass votive holders—the perfect accent for summer dinners. Our Instructor is a maker who specializes in glass etching, who will share some of the tricks he's learned along the way.

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Guided Bike Tune Up

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$80

Tired of taking your bike to the shop for a tune up? Learn to do this basic maintenance yourself and how to identify and fix small problems before they put your bike out of commission.  Give your bike a tune up with the guidance of an experienced mechanic. In this class the instructor will walk you through an evaluation of your bike to find any potential problems and then guide you through the steps required to fix those problems.

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Leatherworking 102: Make A Wallet

November 16 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$100

Class cost: $100 / Materials Fee: $35 Expand on basic skills learned in Leatherworking 101 and learn new skills such as hand stitching, creating pockets, and finishing natural leather with oil. Students will be able to choose from a small selection of designs to create a wallet from a pre-made template that they can modify. This class should run for about 3-4 hours depending on if students want to stay to finish their stitching.

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Learn to Knit

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$80

Learn to knit! Ever wanted to knit yourself a hat, sweater, scarf, or toy for your cat? We'll teach you! We'll provide the yarn and needles, you just bring your hands and some patience. No experience required, just willingness to play with sticks, yarn, and the realization that it will seem awkward at first

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Tool Training: Metal Lathe

November 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wednesdays, 11/20/19 – 11/27/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$160

In this class, you will learn how to precisely perform basic machining operations using the lathe. You will learn about tool selection, speeds and feeds, and how to use the DRO (Digital Read Out) to make precisely dimensioned parts. You will practice setting up the machine, use the 3-jaw chuck to securely hold work, change tools, and perform facing and turning cuts on aluminum stock.

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Make a Pendant!

November 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$35

Class fee: $35 / Materials fee: $10. Learn a fun and fast technique for setting a cabochon in brass or copper without using any fancy tools. We'll use sheers, files and pliers to create a beautiful hand-made pendant to keep for yourself or give as a gift this holiday season. This is a great class for novice level jewelry makers with little experience.

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Tool Training: Black Cat Labs Laser

November 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$120

Learn how to use Artisan's Black Cat Labs laser cutters to cut or etch wood, plastics, papers or textiles. Gain a solid understanding of what the machines can do and learn how to upload a file and run a cut and engrave. This class will cover the basics so that you will be able to operate the Black Cat Labs equipment unsupervised and in a safe and courteous manner.

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Weaving 101

November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$50

This class is great for beginners interested in learning the basic characteristics and functions of the medium through step by step instructions. Students will be introduced to supplies, how to use and take care of supplies and best studio practices. The class is an introduction to the methods and applications of the primary textile construction technique of weaving. Students will create their own artwork using these traditional skills.

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December 2019

Bag It – Sewing 101 Class

December 11 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$50

Learn to use the fiber arts sewing machines and make a bag to keep in your car for groceries or your boots and mittens. This three-hour class will introduce the basics of planning a project, how sewing machines work, terminology, and how to make really useful things. Take your completed bag home at the end of the class.

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