Last Chance for June Classes!

DATE:  June 6, 2013     CATEGORIES:  Current Classes

Most June classes are sold out here at Artisan’s Asylum, but there are just a few tickets left to classes beginning in the next couple of weeks — take advantage before they’re gone or the opportunity has passed!

A couple of things not to miss:

Our first class in HSMWorks, the software used to guide the giant Multicam CNC Router has been posted, and starts just next week. Training on operations of the machine itself will be offered for the first time next month!

Also, Ecco is retiring her long-running Quick’n’Dirty EL Wire workshop after this month’s session. If you’ve been waiting to take it, jump on it now before it’s too late!

More opportunities available this month in rapid prototyping tools, glass, jewelry, woodworking, and more.

Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing

  • NEW! HSMWorks for CNC Machining, 7-9:30pm Wednesdays, June 12-26 — Looking to use higher end CNC machining tools to create 2-D and 3-D forms and prototypes? Get familiar with the controls software you’ll need to take a solid model for a wood, plastic, or aluminum prototype and select tools, speeds and feeds, and machining operations and translate them into G-code. Necessary to use the Multicam Industrial CNC Router, for which tool training will finally be available in July. Taught by Doug Ruuska, recovering physicist, artist, designer and fabricator.
  • Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter, 7-10pm Mondays — Learn how to use the Asylum’s new computer-controlled, water-cooled plasma cutter to cut any shape you want out of a 4’x8′ sheet of metal! In this class, we’ll show you how to translate your hand sketches and CAD drawings into patterns cut out of any metal sheet up to an inch thick at rates of up to 200 inches per minute. Taught by Gui Cavalcanti.
  • Tool Training: CNC Woodcutting Router, Sundays, 3:30-6:30pm — This three-hour training runs you through the basic operations of the CNC wood-cutting router. Each student will take the machine through an entire workflow cycle, from starting up and homing the machine to part removal and clean-up, leaving with a small product they made themselves. Training in generating 2D CAD files and tool paths available separately. Taught by Judah Sher (see above).
  • Tool Training: 3D Printer, Sundays, 4-6pm — This class trains students to operate the uPrint SE Plus 3D printer independently, whenever they need projects made. Training in generating 3D models in STL file format available separately, in the Introduction to 3D Modeling class. Taught by Peter Montgomery, student and rapid prototyping enthusiast.

Electronics & Robotics

  • LAST CHANCE! Quick’n’Dirty EL Wire Workshop, 12:30-5:30pm Saturday, June 22 — This will be the last offering of Ecco’s popular EL Wire workshop before it retires! EL wire is short for electroluminescent wire – meaning a flexible, durable, waterproof string of light! It’s a quick, cheap, and low-skill medium with a high visual impact. In this workshop you’ll gain the skills necessary to produce long-lasting, durable, eye-catching EL wire costume pieces or decorations, and you’ll go home with a project that will wow your friends and family. This class won’t be offered later in the summer, so if you want to get ready for Firefly, for Burning Man, for summer night costume parties, take advantage now! Taught by Ecco, professional illustrator, mixed-media artist and sculptor and longtime Asylum member and instructor.
  • FREE! Circuit Hacking Night, 6-8pm Wednesdays — Come play with electronics at Artisan’s Asylum! For newbies and experienced hackers alike, one night a week the electronics & robotics lab will be open to the public — there will be a free introductory soldering lesson, electronics kits on hand for sale for those who wish to make things, and experienced hackers and engineers around to answer all your questions. Feel free to bring your own projects to work on if you have them! Run by Jimmie Rodgers, professional hacker and instructor and Artisan’s Asylum electronics lab monitor.


  • Hot Glass Afterhours, 6:30-9pm Friday, June 7 — Whether you’re looking to hand-make a gift for your mother or loved one or just want to spend an evening doing something completely new, Hot Glass Afterhours is for you! This fun and fast-paced class will introduce you to the basic techniques for working molten glass on a small scale. Walk away with a beautiful glass pendant you made yourself! Taught by Joanne Soroka, professional lampworker, artist, jewelery-maker, and teacher.


  • Bang Out A Bangle!, 1-4:30pm Saturday, June 15 — In this fun, quick introduction to jewelry-making you’ll create one or more dangly, jangly bangles in the Asylum’s jewelry studio. In just a few hours, you’ll learn a little about texturing methods, forming, soldering, filing and finishing, and come out with a finished piece for yourself or a wonderful hand-made gift! This class is great for adults with little or no jewelry experience who want to try it in a short format. Taught by Sage Kochavi, professional jeweler, artist, and instructor and long-time Artisan’s Asylum member.
  • NEW! Make a Stone-Set Ring! 2 SEATS LEFT!! 12-5pm Sunday, June 23 – Create sterling silver rings with a beautiful stone in this fun and fast-paced workshop! In one afternoon you will learn the basics of piercing, soldering, filing and setting a stone. We will create band rings whose surface can be embellished by small files, a rolling mill and decorative stamps. You’ll use round wire to fabricate a second ring. Students will be shown how to solder a bezel in a classical process of stone setting. Taught by Karen Christians.
  • Tool Training: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop Thursdays, by Appointment — Students will learn the proper use and location of all the tools in the studio and to operate the acetylene gas tank, set up a soldering area, turn on and off the tank, use the polishing set up, the rolling mill, and the flex shaft. The perfect way to get trained up to operate independently in the Jewelry shop if you don’t have time for a long-form class. Testing necessary to be checked off to work on your own — see below for details. Taught by Karen Christians.


  • Tool Training: CNC Mill, 2:30-5pm alternate Saturdays, starting May 18 — Basic training on the Asylum’s Sharp Vertical Milling Machine with MillPwr CNC Servo Controller. Requires previous training on manual milling machine operations. No additional testing necessary. See registration for exact dates available. Taught by Paul Carson, professional engineer, metalworking enthusiast, and bike builder.

Screen Printing

  • Single-Color Screen Printing: A One-Day Introduction, 1 SEAT LEFT!! 11am-4pm Saturday, June 15 — Ever wanted to make your own custom t-shirt, tote bag, sticker, poster, or greeting card? In this one day intensive introduction to screen printing, you’ll learn all the basics and by the end of the evening create a screen using your artwork and print a one-color design on your choice of t-shirts or paper. Taught by Erik Heumiller, graphic designer, film editor, printer, and Asylum renter and volunteer.


  • Woodworking: Guided Projects, 7-9:30pm Mondays, Sessions May 13 & 20, June 3 & 10, and June 17 & 24 — Create your own woodworking class at Artisan’s Asylum! Pete Montague will be guiding students through independent projects in the Artisan’s Asylum woodshop. Students can get assistance with new projects, unfinished projects, one-on-one power and hand tool training, material recommendations, design advice, finishing tips, tool purchasing, vendors and more. All skill levels and all projects welcome! Registration is available for 2-week sessions — students are welcome to sign up for as many sessions as they like/need. Taught by Peter Montague, master woodworker and graduate of the North Bennett St. School, and longtime Asylum member and woodworking instructor.
  • Woodworking: Intro to Furniture, 7-9:30 Wednesdays, June 19 – July 17 — In this fast-paced introduction to woodworking techniques, learn to build a piece of attractive wooden furniture (in this case, a wooden kitchen chair) from start to finish. Learn to work rough lumber to finished surface, gaining comfort with every major tool in the shop on the way. Open to anyone who has already received basic training on Asylum woodshop tools. Prereq training available on June 15 through these two classes: Training 1, Training 2. Taught by Chris Fitzhugh, Asylum instructor, lifetime woodworker, and robotics entrepreneur.
  • NEW! Joinery 1: Shop Tools, 10am-1pm Saturdays, June 15 & 22 — In this class, students will be introduced to some of the advanced machine tools in the woodshop (mitre saw, table saw, planer, jointer) and to assembly and finishing techniques as they build their own hardwood mallet, used in joinery for chiseling and assembly work. For all skill levels! Taught by Peter Montague.

Hope to see you at the Asylum soon!