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WKS012: Knife Making

Knife making is an art of patience and craft. Learn how to make a knife from scratch using a combination of high powered tools and traditional knife making techniques.

In this class, you'll learn the basic fundamentals and tools for grinding an edge and heat treating metal. You'll be able to take advantage of the powerful waterjet cutter by choosing a knife blade style and have it cut out for you. After receiving your knife blank, you'll get a matching acrylic handle that will be cut out using the laser cutters. With raw materials in hand and knowing the basics of knife making, you'll have the ability to freely work on your knife with the provided equipment.

This workshop is not a Safety and Basic Use course. Students will only be passed on the Knife Making checkout kit (including a belt sander, torch, and filing jig, but NOT the waterjet).

1 session currently scheduled:
    Knife Making Monday, 5/18/15 11:00 AM 3.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $150.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $170.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1235SJ: WORKSHOP: Wire and Polyurethane Sculpture

In this class, you will create lightweight sculptures from wire and expanding insulation foam, a fun medium with nearly endless potential!

Learn how to control this challenging yet fun medium to create durable organic shapes that dry quickly. Practice armature building and foam application techniques, discover different textures you can achieve with foam, and discover how to avoid common pitfalls from an artist with several years’ experience with this foam.

There are many ways of creating with expanding foam. You can apply it directly to a twisted-wire armature or create a newspaper-stuffed chicken-wire form. You can spray a shape onto a non-stick tarp, and pop it free when it’s dry. New foam sticks well to dry foam, so you can adhere several pieces together to build sculptures, or use wire to attach them to each other.

This foam can be cut easily, so subtractive methods are also possible. Learn how the foam “behaves,” practice existing techniques or create your own! Your imagination is the only limit.

1 session currently scheduled:
    WORKSHOP: Wire and Polyurethane Sculpture Monday, 4/27/15 4:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $20.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $30.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1236SJ: WORKSHOP: Advanced VCarve Workshop: Cam Clamps

This workshop covers the use of Autodesk V-Carve Pro to create flexible toolpaths for cutting out a woodworker's cam clamp. The Inventor Assembly files will be provided so the student can learn to generate drawing files and then import relevant vectors into V-Carve for use. Drilling paths, pockets and profile paths will be generated for a variety of tooling.

Topics will include:
  • How to take an Autodesk Inventor part or Assembly file and create usable drawings and vector files
  • Strategies for dealing with variable thickness materials
  • Workholding and alignment techniques
  • Working with layers in V-Carve
  • Tool database use and setting feeds and speeds
This workshop is one of an "Art To Part" series featuring the design and realization of a woodworkers cam style clamp. The series covers the process and steps needed to take an idea or "napkin sketch" and create an actual working physical product. It's not necessary to take these workshops in order.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of CNC101: Concepts of CNC and CNC201: CAD-to-CAM VCarve and AUD006: Autodesk Inventor Basics are required prior to taking this workshop series.

1 session currently scheduled:
    WORKSHOP: Advanced VCarve Workshop: Cam Clamps
(Advanced VCarve: Cam Clamps)
Tuesday, 5/12/15 1:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1237SJ: WORKSHOP: Linoleum Block Printing

This class will teach you how to make you own block print stamps.

You will learn basic principles of design and consideration for making stamps as well as proper safety and maintenance of tools and materials. We will discuss what makes for a good design and what might be too difficult or detailed for the medium. After you create a simple design, we will cut away the negative space, which will take the largest amount of time. You will learn the best way to evenly lay the ink on the stamp and make a print as well as how to properly clean the equipment.

Everyone will then get to make prints on colored or patterned paper.

1 session currently scheduled:
    WORKSHOP: Linoleum Block Printing Thursday, 4/30/15 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $30.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $40.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1238SJ: WORKSHOP: Introduction to Modular Making

Modular making is learning how to blueprint interlocking pieces for easy construction and enable a flexible arrangement of the design.

In this workshop, Maker Lindsay will teach how to rapidly sketch vector drawings in Adobe Illustrator and fabricate simple multiples out of paper using the laser cutter. Using paper engineering and pop-up design technique such as tabs and folds, students will develop a deeper understanding of paper and learn how to design a method to fit pieces together to create a tapestry of texture that will look like it's about to breathe.

The final project is a small, white, 3D paper sculpture arranged inside a paper frame. Participants will leave with an art piece that is ready for light color washes to be added to it.

1 session currently scheduled:
    WORKSHOP: Introduction to Modular Making Tuesday, 4/28/15 7:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1261SJ: WORKSHOP: Advanced ShopBot: Cam Clamp

In this workshop, students will learn through hands-on experience how to cut precision parts using the ShopBot. Toolpaths will be provided or students can use their own paths created in the V-Carve Cam Clamp workshop. Each student will go through the entire process of setting up the ShopBot and cutting out their parts.

Topics will include:
  • Creating a level working surface
  • Workholding and registration methods
  • Tool changing
  • Adjusting feeds and speeds for better finish
This workshop is one of an "Art to Part" series featuring the design and realization of a woodworker's cam-style clamp. The series covers the process and steps needed to take an idea or "napkin sketch" and create an actual working physical product. It's not necessary to take these workshops in order.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CNC302: ShopBot SBU prior to taking this class.

4 sessions currently scheduled:
    WORKSHOP: Advanced ShopBot: Cam Clamp Tuesday, 4/28/15 2:00 PM 3.0 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    WORKSHOP: Advanced ShopBot: Cam Clamp Wednesday, 5/6/15 11:30 AM 3.0 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    WORKSHOP: Advanced ShopBot: Cam Clamp Friday, 5/15/15 2:30 PM 3.0 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    WORKSHOP: Advanced ShopBot: Cam Clamp Tuesday, 5/26/15 11:30 AM 3.0 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS515: Intro to Scoring Paper for Origami Corrugations Using the Vinyl Cutter

Our resident artist, Darius B'Alexander, will demonstrate and instruct on the art of origami and paper folding. Using the CNC vinyl cutter as well many hands-on techniques, participants will learn how to fold, crease and cut pieces of paper into art. This workshop will also include a viewing of "Between the Folds," a wonderful and informative origami documentary. Paper materials will be provided.

Note: This is not a safety and basic use (SBU) class. If you have not taken and passed the Vinyl Cutter SBU, the instructor will operate the machinery for you.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Intro to Scoring Paper for Origami Corrugations Using the Vinyl Cutter Sunday, 5/10/15 4:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $20.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $25.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS519: Pewter Drop Casting Workshop

Since the 11th century, pewter has been cast into objects of utility and beauty. An alloy of tin and copper, pewter is relatively malleable, and its soft sheen provides an elegant contrast to the steel which surrounds us today.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn to make a mold and cast a small part using molten pewter. You will first create a plaster mold blank that can be carved using hand tools or any other carving instrument. Next, you will hand carve a simple part or design and will learn various other techniques such as using modeling clay or copying an existing piece. Finally, you will melt the pewter and make your casting to create a pendant, key fob, piece of jewelry, or small part.

Workshop length: 2 hours

Cost: $50 including materials fee

1 session currently scheduled:
    Pewter Drop Casting Workshop Wednesday, 5/13/15 11:00 AM 2.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
7 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.