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WKS1205: Leatherworking - Create a Wrist Cuff!

In this workshop, you’ll learn fundamental skills for working with leather and walk away with a wrist cuff that you made yourself!

We’ll cover everything from pattern tracing and leather cutting to embossing designs using traditional tools. We have a variety of design and alphabet stamps that will give you a chance to personalize your project. While, yes, in this workshop we’ll be making something cool, a lot of emphasis will be placed on practicing technique with some of the more specialized leather crafting tools.

At the end of the session, you’ll have experience with pattern transferring, how to properly case leather for tooling, tooling (stamping) designs, edge finishing and dressing, hardware setting, and care of tools.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Leatherworking - Create a Wrist Cuff! Wednesday, 8/23/17 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS201: 3D Scanning - Hack Your Xbox Kinect!

Did you know that your Xbox Kinect can be hacked to become a 3D scanner? All you need is a bit of patience, software, and some excellent instruction! One of our knowledgeable 3D printing instructors will take you through the process, step by step. You'll not only learn about the wide-ranging usefulness of 3D scanning, but also how to turn your Kinect into a 3D scanner and operate the scanning software. You'll walk away from this workshop with the ability to hack your own 3D scanner, as well as an .stl file of yourself! This file type can be used on a 3D printer or even on the ShopBot. Get your loved ones what they've always wanted for the holidays: a desktop version of you! It's possible, thanks to 3D scanning and this awesome workshop.

Project: An .stl file of yourself from a 3D scan

Prerequisites: None

Safety: Closed-toe shoes are required.

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

When in the shop outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian.

1 session currently scheduled:
    3D Scanning - Hack Your Xbox Kinect! Friday, 8/25/17 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS203: Make a Plasma Cut Flower

Want to impress your loved one with a handmade gift this season? Need a "Get out of Jail Free" card? Come to TechShop and make a one-of-a-kind decorative flower out of steel using a plasma cutter and spot welder!

In this workshop, each student will design a flower on sheet steel and use the plasma cutter to cut the design straight out of the metal. You'll then learn to work with the metal to create curves in your petals and leaves. Once the "petals" are ready, you'll attach them to a metal "stem" and spot weld them together.

You'll leave with an impressive handmade metal flower that is sure to please even the hardest to impress on your holiday gift list.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Make a Plasma Cut Flower
(Plasma Cut Flowers)
Tuesday, 8/22/17 7:30 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
    Make a Plasma Cut Flower
(Plasma Cut Flowers)
Thursday, 8/31/17 7:30 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS436: Soapstone Turning on the Wood Lathe

Ever wished you could turn more than wood on a wood lathe? Here's the good news: You can!

Participants in this workshop will learn the finer points of turning soapstone on the wood lathe. Soapstone, unlike other stones, is soft enough to be tuned on the lathe, and it can be worked more quickly, easily and accurately than with traditional stone carving. This class is also an excellent introduction to face plate turning, which is perfect for anyone looking to make concave projects (bowls, goblets, etc.).

Project: A small container with a lid

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Wood Lathe SBU

1 session currently scheduled:
    Soapstone Turning on the Wood Lathe Thursday, 8/31/17 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS620: Puzzle Boxes 101 - Traditional Japanese Puzzle Boxes

Learn how to build a puzzle box in the style of traditional Japanese master craftsmen. Students will examine the fundamentals of the how the internal structure works in concert with the movements of the sliding faces of the box. Everyone will leave with their own puzzle box, perfect for hiding small valuables or a gift box that poses a challenge!

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Woodshop SBU and the Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU prior to taking this class

Students who have not taken the prerequisite classes should NOT register for this class. Students attempting to attend this class who have not completed the prerequisite classes will be turned away.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Puzzle Boxes 101 - Traditional Japanese Puzzle Boxes Thursday, 8/31/17 6:00 PM 4.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS131: Screen Printing and Vinyl Cutter SBUs

Vinyl cutting and screen printing go hand in hand, and this fun workshop will show you how!

First, you'll learn how to safely operate the vinyl cutter and use it to make custom stencils to suit all your screen printing needs. When using the vinyl cutter, as opposed to hand-cutting your stencils, the possibilities for easily making intricate designs is infinite. You'll also learn how to import your own vector designs from graphics programs to use the vinyl cutter to create cool stickers, custom signage, and more! Be sure to come with a design file in hand, or at least in mind.

Next, it's onto the screen printing station. You'll learn how to prep your stencil, transfer it to a screen, mask the screen, then apply ink through the stencil and screen onto your shirt. It's a much quicker, easier process than photo emulsion, and it cures quickly, too. You'll spend the last few minutes of class heat-setting your shirt, and voila! You'll be the proud owner of your very own, handmade screen printed shirt that is sure to be an eye catcher.

Once you have taken and successfully passed this class, you will be cleared to use the screen printing station AND vinyl cutter.

Project: Custom screen printed shirt

Prerequisites: None!

Equipment access: Silkscreen station and vinyl cutter

Safety: Closed-toe shoes are required.

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

When using the screen printing station and/or vinyl cutter outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Screen Printing and Vinyl Cutter SBUs Monday, 8/21/17 4:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $139.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $169.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.