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Brian Trimmer

Computer Scientist, Theater Lighting designer, College Professor and Antiquarian Book seller; Brian Trimmer has recently added “CNC Control System integrator” to the list of things he has tried his hand at.

February 2020

Figure Drawing Month Pass – February 2020

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 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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$48

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

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$25

Class Description Figure Drawing is an open studio class where people of all artistic levels are invited to explore the...

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Simple Intro to Vacuum Forming

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$75

This class will be a quick and dirty intro to using the vacuum former, and how to design for vacuum forming.

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Bag It – Sewing 101 Class

February 26 @ 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 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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Tool Training: Metal Lathe

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wednesdays, 12/4/19 - 12/11/19
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: Bridgeport Mill

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Thursdays; 12/5/19 - 12/12/19
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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Introduction to Surface Mount Circuit Assembly and Rework

February 27 @ 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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Upcycled T-shirt Yarn Basket

February 29 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$100

Do you have some old t-shirts you no longer wear because they have a few holes or stains? Don’t throw them away! Turn them into yarn to make a funky yet sturdy, functional basket. 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 different patterns possible with the twining technique and how to make a rim to finish the basket.

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March 2020

Learn How to Knit a Hat!

March 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Monday, repeating until March 9, 2020

10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
$35

This class will teach students how to make a cable-knit hat that is constructed in-the-round. Cable-knitting and knitting-in-the-round are two techniques that will be developed through in-class explanations as well as practice with their own projects.

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Intro to SolidWorks

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mondays; 2/24/20 - 3/23/20
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

March 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mondays; 3/2/20-3/23/20
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

March 3 @ 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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Figure Drawing Drop-In

March 3 @ 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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Leatherworking 101: Make a Belt

March 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 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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Tool Training: Metal Lathe

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wednesdays, 3/4/20 - 3/11/20
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 Review & Testing: Jewelry Studio

March 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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Tool Review & Testing is designed for those with some level of jewelry experience, whether you're a hobbyist or a seasoned metalsmith. This session does not teach fabrication skills such as soldering, polishing, etc. Those who are new to jewelry-making or metalsmithing must take Jewelry 101 first.

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Introduction to the Raspberry Pi

March 5 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$150

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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Build Your Brand Bootcamp

March 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$95

This class welcomes artists, designers, and small business owners of all levels interested in learning the skills they need to promote their brands on social media. This class is designed to be fun and interactive! We will cover key topics on branding, content strategy, metrics, and more followed by group activities that allow you to apply what we're learning to real strategies you can use for your business.

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Tool Training: Bridgeport Mill

March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Thursdays; 3/5/20 – 3/12/20
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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Leatherworking 101: Make a Belt

March 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 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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Hands On Basic Electronics

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mondays, 3/9/20 - 3/30/20
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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Art and Interactive Electronics

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tuesdays; 1/7/2020 - 1/14/2020
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 course
will introduce you to the Adafruit Circuit Playground, a wearable and relatively easy to program microcontroller/development board, that is based on the extremely popular Arduino platform, used throughout the world in many educational settings.

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Tool Training: 3D Printers (Weeknights)

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$85
education

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

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Wednesdays; 3/11/20 - 3/25/20
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$140

Class fee: $140 / Materials fee: $20. 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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Make a Leather Dopp Kit/Toiletry Bag

March 14 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$100

Class fee: $100 / Materials fee: $25.
In this class, students looking to take their leatherworking projects into a third dimension will learn to create a leather toiletry kit (a.k.a. a Dopp Kit). New skills introduced in this class include making box corners, attaching zippers, and new edge finishing methods. Students will design their own bag template based on the size of bag that they would like to make and we will discuss how making a three dimensional bag is different than a flat wallet.

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Metalworking 101 – Cut, Grind, and Drill!

March 14 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$110

Class Cost: $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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Introduction to Screen Printing: Weekend Workshop

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - May 16 @ 5:00 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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Family Class: Learn How to Laser Cut (Spanish Translation)

March 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$80

In this fun and easy class, you and your child will learn how laser cutters work and how you can cut or engrave a variety of materials from a computer file. Together learn how laser cutters are used to create everyday objects and how to create new objects from your imagination. Classes will be taught at Artisan’s Asylum in English with Spanish translation.

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Basic MIG Welding

March 15 @ 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

March 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Monday and Wednesday, 3/16 & 3/18/20
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$120

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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CNC Plasma Cutter Table – Drawing, Operation, Parts!

March 17 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 3/17/20 - 3/20/20
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$300
metal class plasma

The most Metal of all the metalworking classes. This class will provide students with the skills needed to operate our CNC plasma cutter - the custom 4'x8' bed, 85-amp Torchmate 2. This killer tool has the capacity to cut 5/8" thick sheet steel at 60% duty cycle, and the capability of cutting through up to 1-1/4" steel with an edge start, as well as doing detail cutting in sheet metal. This tool takes your drawing files and turns them into computer-cut metal, at cut speeds upwards of 220 inches per minute.

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Sewing Zippers and Buttons

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$40

The most common closures in sewing are simple to learn with basic sewing machine skills. In this class learn how to use a sewing machine and make pillows or small zippered bags. Learn to make buttonholes and sew on buttons that don’t fall off. Bring your own repair projects or use the fabric and zippers in the shop.

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Tool Training: Metal Lathe

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wednesdays, 3/18/20 - 3/25/20
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: Bridgeport Mill

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Thursdays; 3/19/20 - 3/26/20
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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Intro to Pulse Arc Welder

March 21 @ 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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Family Class: Learn to 3D Print (Spanish Translation)

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$80

In this fun and easy class, you and your child will learn how 3D printers work and how you can print a three-dimensional object from a computer file. Together learn how 3D printers create everyday objects and how to create new objects from your imagination. Classes will be taught at Artisan's Asylum in English with Spanish translation.

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Leatherworking 102: Make A Wallet

March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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Class Description Expand on basic skills learned in Leatherworking 101 and learn new skills such as hand stitching, creating pockets,...

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Anodizing Titanium

March 21 @ 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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Introduction to the Raspberry Pi

March 21 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$150

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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Designing with Canva

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$60

Are you a small business owner trying to navigate your way in the digital marketing space? Are you a designer or artist looking to brush up on your graphic design skills? Then this Designing With Canva For Business Workshop is for you! Save yourself the stress and financial burden of having to hire graphic designers to design all of your marketing materials.

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Tool Training: Industrial Sewing Machines

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$45

Sew a custom shop apron in heavy canvas or leather. Learn to sew on the heavy duty sewing machines. Adapt the pattern to your height and weight, then cut and sew in one evening. No sewing experience necessary.

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Intro to Tapping (Machine Shop)

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
$50

This single evening course will cover different types of taps, tapping guides, lubrication, class of thread, how to calculate the tap drill size from tap diameter and pitch, tapping by hand, in the lathe and drill press. No tapping under power as that is beyond the introductory scope of this.

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Build A Cherry Side Table Part 1

March 30 @ 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 class is not only an introduction to fine woodworking furniture building but also an opportunity to learn almost every tool in the woodshop. For anyone interested in building their own furniture, this class will teach you everything you need to get started. 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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Intro to SolidWorks

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mondays; 3/30/20 - 5/4/20
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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April 2020

Watercolor Workshop

April 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Thursdays; 4/2/20 - 5/7/20
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$220

Watercolor painting offers some of the most immediate and exciting results in art-making. In this class, we will explore brushstrokes, textures, washes and the wonderful color effects that can be achieved with overlapping transparent brush strokes. After introductory exercises,  participants will be encouraged to seek their own direction and personal style.

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Tool Training: Bridgeport Mill

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Class (See all)
Thursdays; 4/2/20 - 4/9/20
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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Intro To Circuit Board Design Using KiCAD

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$85

Are you eager to begin designing your own circuit boards, but need help getting started? This class is a ‘quick on-ramp’ to DIY circuit board design using the popular open source circuit board design software KiCAD (free, runs on Linux / Mac / Windows). In this one-day course, we’ll use an example circuit and present the basics of schematic creation, footprint selection, board layout, and board production.

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Tool Training: Bridgeport CNC Milling Machine

April 4 @ 10:15 am
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Saturdays; 4/4/20 - 4/25/20
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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Metalworking 101 – Cut, Grind, and Drill!

April 4 @ 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

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 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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Tool Training: 3D Printers (Weekends)

April 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$85
education

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

April 5 @ 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 TIG Welding

April 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
|Recurring Class (See all)
Mondays; 4/6/20 - 4/27/20
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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Jewelry 101: Intro to Metalsmithing – Evening

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tuesdays, 1/21/19 - 3/3/19 
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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Designing with Canva

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$60

Are you a small business owner trying to navigate your way in the digital marketing space? Are you a designer or artist looking to brush up on your graphic design skills? Then this Designing With Canva For Business Workshop is for you! Save yourself the stress and financial burden of having to hire graphic designers to design all of your marketing materials.

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Art and Interactive Electronics

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tuesdays; 4/7/20 - 4/14/20
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 course
will introduce you to the Adafruit Circuit Playground, a wearable and relatively easy to program microcontroller/development board, that is based on the extremely popular Arduino platform, used throughout the world in many educational settings.

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Tool Training: 3D Printers (Weeknights)

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$85
education

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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Leatherworking 101: Make a Belt

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 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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Tool Training: Rough to Smooth – Using the Miter Saw, Bandsaw, Jointer, Planer and Sanders

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Wednesdays; 4/8/20 - 4/22/20
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 Review & Testing: Jewelry Studio

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

Tool Review & Testing is designed for those with some level of jewelry experience, whether you're a hobbyist or a seasoned metalsmith. This session does not teach fabrication skills such as soldering, polishing, etc. Those who are new to jewelry-making or metalsmithing must take Jewelry 101 first.

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Make A Ring(s) Workshop

April 11 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
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4/11/20 - 4/12/20
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
$215

Class fee: $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.

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Metalworking 102 – Cut, Punch, and Plasma!

April 11 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$115

Class cost: $115 / Materials fee: $10. Metalworking 102 provides training on the safety and operation of the larger, more useful, and more difficult to operate equipment in the metal shop. We’ll cover the safe and effective use of a number of tools in the shop, including the vertical bandsaw, belt grinder, uni-Hydro Iron Worker and others.

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Robotics 101

April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Saturdays; 4/11/20 - 4/25/20
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$275

Class fee: $275 / Materials fee: $25. A class intended for the beginner who has little prior knowledge of the subject of robotics, using hardware and software tools readily available to the average user much of it through the open-source community. This is a hands-on class in three sessions with the emphasis of learning by example, utilizing a collection of Raspberry Pi controlled robots based on a simple hardware robot platform developed especially for this class at Artisan’s Asylum.

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Basic MIG Welding

April 12 @ 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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Directed Open Jewelry Studio

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wednesdays, 1/15/19 - 1/29/19
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$195

Class fee: $195 / Materials fee: $0. 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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Tool Training: Bridgeport Mill

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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Leatherworking 102: Make A Wallet

April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 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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Tool Training: Router Table Fundamentals

April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Mondays; 4/20/20 - 05/04/20
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$115

Class fee: $115 / Materials Fee: $15. The Router table is a very versatile tool in any woodshop. It can be used to cut a variety of edge profiles, duplicate patterns, and make dados. This class will cover the safe use of the router table for several common operations.

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Intro to Rapid PCB Prototyping: CNC Milling

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$90
rapid milling cnc

In this class we’ll cover the basics of circuit milling by using a popular hobbyist CNC device, the OtherMill, to produce an existing circuit board design. After taking the class, students will be able to use an OtherMill to produce their own circuit board designs, and discuss other open-source toolchains for circuit board production.

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Sewing Zippers and Buttons

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$40

The most common closures in sewing are simple to learn with basic sewing machine skills. In this class learn how to use a sewing machine and make pillows or small zippered bags. Learn to make buttonholes and sew on buttons that don’t fall off. Bring your own repair projects or use the fabric and zippers in the shop. Buttons will also be available.

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Jewelry 101: Intro to Metalsmithing – Weekend Intensive

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$310

In this two-day Jewelry 101 Weekend Intensive you will be introduced to the techniques of metalsmithing. No prior experience is necessary, and you’ll get hands on experience leaning fundamental jewelry-making skills AND get to leave with a finished silver and gemstone pendant you’ve made yourself!

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Build A Cherry Side Table Part 1

April 27 @ 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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May 2020

Leatherworking 101: Make a Belt

May 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 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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Family Class: Flower Basket with Bud Vase

May 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$30

Learn some basket-making basics and create a lovely Japanese-style basket with a bud vase that is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day or other occasions. Choose from a range of hand-dyed rattan weavers in vibrant colors. Parent and child will each weave a square base that is secured with twined reed, turn up the weavers in a sweeping curve and finish with waxed linen knots to fasten the groups of weavers around a small vase.

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Basic MIG Welding

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

Class Cost: $120 / Materials Fee: $30 payable to Instructor. 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 TIG Welding

May 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mondays; 5/4/20 - 5/25/20
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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Art and Interactive Electronics

May 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tuesdays; 5/5/20 - 5/12/20
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 course
will introduce you to the Adafruit Circuit Playground, a wearable and relatively easy to program microcontroller/development board, that is based on the extremely popular Arduino platform, used throughout the world in many educational settings.

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Designing with Canva

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$60

Are you a small business owner trying to navigate your way in the digital marketing space? Are you a designer or artist looking to brush up on your graphic design skills? Then this Designing With Canva For Business Workshop is for you! Save yourself the stress and financial burden of having to hire graphic designers to design all of your marketing materials.

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Leatherworking 101: Make a Belt

May 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$55

Over the course of 2.5 hours, this class aims to teach students the basics of leatherworking. This class will walk students through creating a basic belt design, choosing the proper materials (types of leather, leather weights, pre-finished vs. raw leather, thread type, etc.), selecting the proper tools and using them correctly, finishing techniques, and more.

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Tool Training: Bridgeport Mill

May 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thursdays; 5/7/20 - 5/14/20
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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Tool Review & Testing: Jewelry Studio

May 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$95

Tool Review & Testing is designed for those with some level of jewelry experience, whether you're a hobbyist or a seasoned metalsmith. This session does not teach fabrication skills such as soldering, polishing, etc. Those who are new to jewelry-making or metalsmithing must take Jewelry 101 first. You will not be able to pass the Tool Test without having prior metalsmithing experience prior to this Tool Review session.

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Basic MIG Welding

May 10 @ 3:00 pm - June 14 @ 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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Tool Training: 3D Printers (Weeknights)

May 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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Rock the Serger – Make A Zippered Pouch

May 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$50

Class fee: $50 / Materials fee: $5. Interested in taking your sewing skills to the next level? A serger is a machine that trims the fabric, creates a seam, and overcasts the edge, all in one step. When used in tandem with a traditional sewing machine, the serger can increase sewing speed while simultaneously adding a professional touch to the project.

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

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
|Recurring Class (See all)
Wednesdays; 5/13/20 - 5/27/20
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$145

Class fee: $145 / 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: Industrial Sewing Machines

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$45

Sew a custom shop apron in heavy canvas or leather. Learn to sew on the heavy-duty sewing machines. Adapt the pattern to your height and weight, then cut and sew in one evening. No sewing experience necessary.

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Tool Training: Bridgeport Mill

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Thursdays; 5/21/20 - 5/28/20
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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Leatherworking 102: Make A Wallet

May 23 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 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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Tool Training: 3D Printers (Weekends)

May 31 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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$85
education

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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