There are two components to getting access to Asylum equipment: interested users must both sign up for membership AND schedule testing on equipment before they start work at the Asylum for the first time.
To use our tools independently you must demonstrate competent and safe use of the equipment to one of our trained instructors or take one of our training sessions or classes.
Training: If you’re looking for a quick introduction or refresher on the basic operations of a tool, Tool Trainings are for you. Tools are grouped into categories to make it easy for you to get everything you need in one or two sessions. Our current list of Tool Training Classes is available here.
Testing: If you already have training on this equipment and just need to be checked off to use it at the Asylum, sign up for one of our free testing sessions. Testing is also required as followup for some training classes before students can use the equipment unsupervised. Testing sign-up is available for free by gcal appointment. More information available here.
Classes: To learn how to use the tools at anything other than an introductory level, please take a look at our long-form classes, workshops, and series, listed here.
Our inventory is constantly growing. If you have specific equipment- or inventory-related questions, please feel free to contact us. You can also take a look at our tool pages on our wiki, where handy things like manuals and parts lists are available for some of the equipment.