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No registration needed. Free for members. Open to non-members. For non-members using the studio, there is a $20 drop-in fee payable to the studio monitor by cash or check made out to BARN. There is no charge for stopping by to check out the studio.
Join your friends, neighbors and islanders in obtaining a Technician Amateur Radio License. This two session, intensive class will enable you to pass your FCC Technician License Exam offered at the the conclusion of the second session. About two weeks after the exam you will receive your own call sign from the FCC and be able to operate on the amateur radio bands.
In addition to licenses preparation there will be hands-on time to gain practical exposure to radios. After you receive your license and buy a radio, members of the local club will be available to help you get your radios setup and on the air.
As a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, you will be able to serve your community as well as enjoy a wide range of radio related activities, including:
The No-Nonsense Technician Class Study Guide, by Dan Romanchik KB6NU, will be used and can be downloaded for free. https://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides Be sure to click on the FREE PDF Version of the Technician Class Study Guide.
You can take practice Tech License Exams at ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio at arrlexamreview.appspot.com
This class is co-sponsored by 9BARC (Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club)
Any questions? Contact Ken WA6NFA [email@example.com] or Lionel KI7NNi [firstname.lastname@example.org] or Brent AE7DY [email@example.com]
Class Fee: $25 for Members and BARN Guests
A $15 (cash, check or money order) will be collected on January 28th (the last session of this class) for those taking the FCC Test.
Skill Level: Beginner
Ages: Ages 14+
Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for you to store your lunch!
Lionel, K7BIX, is a regional coordinator and instructor for the Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County CERT programs. He first learned the importance of radios in emergency communication while working as a New York City paramedic in the 1980s. Lionel enjoys sharing his passion for amateur radio, and is excited about promoting radio as a means of connectivity on the island.
Ken, WA6NFA, has been a ham since his teenage years. This hobby has lead to EE/Computer Science Degrees and a career in tech at a variety of Silicon Valley companies. He enjoys sharing his passions and interests with others and has taught professionally at Cal Poly, maker spaces and after hours, industry sponsored courses. On the ham front, he is active on HF using CW (morse code) and digital modes.
Brent, AE7DY, recognized the potentially lifesaving value offered by Amateur Radio communications during an emergency, which motivated him to earn his ham license. A professional career in IT and networking led him to a focus on the Digital Modes of the hobby in addition to Emergency Communications. He enjoys equipping others with radio communication skills and introducing them to the fun and fellowship offered by the ham radio community
Get started on your woodturning adventure with this three-session beginner's class, where you’ll complete small spindle projects as you learn safety, tool control and how to create the basic shapes involved in spindle and bowl turning.
By successfully completing this class and our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class, you will be cleared to use the wood lathes for spindle turning during Open Studio. You will also be eligible to take a bowl-turning class, although it is strongly suggested that you spend time turning in Open Studio a few times before you enroll in that class. (Note that you still must take Tool Safety Classes before using other power tools in the Studio.)
Apparel: Short-sleeve or tight-cuff tops and closed-toe and comfortable shoes are required. No bracelets or necklaces; earrings must be no longer than 1". Long hair must be tied back.
Instructor: Jamie Straw has been turning wood for several years, working on both spindle and bowl projects, and has taught woodturning at BARN since July 2017. She also serves as coordinator of BARN’s woodturning classes. She is past Vice President for Education and Training for the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Her focus is on helping students build skills progressively as they design and create their woodturning projects.
This is a rescheduled class due to weather closures. The class is full. Please "join waitlist" if you want to be alerted to a future class.
Bring in your steel-string acoustic or electric guitar and learn how to get it sounding and playing its best.
We'll start with a refresher on terminology and the factors that impact tone and playability. Then we'll evaluate the instruments for structural integrity and discuss the importance of temperature and humidity control. (Please note that if your instrument is deemed to need more than a basic setup, you'll be offered a refund or the option of working on another instrument.)
Then comes the hands-on tweaking of truss rods for perfect neck relief, nut and bridge adjustments for great action, and saddle adjustment for intonation improvements.
Electric guitar players will also learn how to adjust their pickups.
Finally, we'll discuss string differences, put on a set of fresh strings, and test out our improvements. You'll go home with a better guitar, a better understanding of how it works, and a checklist for future reference.
Instructor: Doug Salot started playing the guitar about 10 years ago and occasionally tries to distract himself by building guitars and ukuleles. He studied instrument building with local luthier Alan Simcoe.
Did you ever wonder how to get a really professional-looking finish on your woodworking project? In this hands-on class, you will learn about different types of wood stains and clear finishes and get a chance to experiment with them on a sample board that you can take home and use for future reference.
The class is four sessions to allow drying time as you go through all of the steps, from preparing the surface to applying stain and finish, to rubbing out the finish. You will learn how to prepare the surface to help ensure an excellent finish, which stains and finishes work best on different types of solid wood and plywood, and which tools and techniques to use when applying stains and finishes by hand (ie, without spraying). You will also learn which products are compatible with one another — and which ones aren't.
"With her professional background, Carol provides you with information that takes you beyond the easy way out of Minwax products at the big box store to the world of waterborne finishes vs alcohol-based or petroleum-based products. You get to see and work with a variety of wood species and grain patterns using penetrating and topical finish products and — what was most exciting — dyes. Most importantly you get the instructions in what not to do as well as what works for you. This is a level of information and hands-on trial that every serious woodwork needs to experience."
— Jeff Williams, former BARN woodshop lead
Instructor: Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi is a professional woodworker who specializes in restoration of antique furniture through her business, C-Saw, on Bainbridge Island. She also makes custom furniture, including the slab coffee table in the Commons at BARN.
In this six session (4 hours each session) beginner skills class held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students will be introduced to basic studio tools and equipment with instructor demonstration and lots of student hands on experience time. The class is designed for the curious, the hobbyist, or a new jewelry/metal artist. Also suitable as a refresher class for artists looking to get reacquainted and familiar with the studio.
Tools, equipment and content covered in this class will start with an introduction to basic use of jeweler tools such as: sawing, filing, bench shear, step shear, rolling mill, hammers, soldering, torches, pickling, flex shaft, circle and shape cutters, dapping tools, introduction to metals, how to order your own supplies, studio guidelines safety and policies.
By the end of this 6-week class students should feel comfortable working independently and practicing their skills in the jewelry studio during open studio times and ready to take specialized project classes.
For tuition assistance click here to complete the online application form. If you have any questions about the tuition assistance application process, please contact our Program Manager Jess Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 842-4475 x221.
Instructor Bio: Sarah Jones is a local Bainbridge Island artist and jeweler with a background in ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, and photography. Her journey into metal arts and jewelry started in a beginner class gifted to her by her family. Completely hooked, she continued to take every class available to her while also assisting teachers, shadowing and learning from some of the PNW’s best.
When she’s not in her studio making her own art or spending time with her family, she enjoys teaching students from 8 to 80 years old, passing on what she has learned to new metal art/jewelry enthusiasts, introducing them to the trade’s skills and opportunities.
Sarah's current work can be viewed on Instagram @sarahjonesjewelry
Jewelry Studio Orientation & Skills Assessment
This class is designed for participants who want to have access to open studio times and already have previous experience making jewelry.
Participants will need to demonstrate basic tool use and studio safety. For BARN Guests and Members, successful completion of the short class will be allowed access to the Jewelry Studio for working on projects of your choosing during monitored Open Studio hours only. This class does not apply to personal use of the kiln or casting equipment. Please note that the general open studios times are free to Members. For guests/non-members there will be a $20 drop-in fee (please bring cash or check made out to BARN) to use Open Studio. To view the Open Studio times click here.
Areas generally covered for the skills class:
Questions? Contact jewelry.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org
Join fellow weavers for a year-long study group to view the Jane Stafford’s Online Weaving Guild episodes on our big screen in BARN's small classroom or the great room. We will learn new weaving techniques and share our success as weavers.
Catherine Camp, email@example.com
More about the instructor Jane Stafford:
Jane began weaving at the age of 21, purchasing a new Fanny with the help of a chattel mortgage on her Chevette. Before two years were up she was accepted as an under-qualified, but very ambitious student at the Baniff School of Fine Arts. Two years later she was a teacher’s assistant there and, in a few more, an instructor herself. In subsequent years, Jane has had the great fortune to be able to earn a living doing what she loves most, weaving, and sharing her passion for excellence in cloth. Jane has been both a production weaver and a workshop instructor, helping students reach their potential across the continent, for over 25 years. She was the recipient of the “Teacher of the Year” award for 2014 from Handwoven Magazine. Jane now teaches exclusively in her studio on beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
In this class you’ll be introduced to BARN’s Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Plasma Cutter and its safe operation. Plasma is an ionized high temperature arc. The Plasma Cutter uses the plasma arc under directed air pressure to cut through metal sheet or plate. With this device you can cut patterns from mechanical drawings or images of art work. Just as in BARN’s other metal fab CNC machines, this system is based on the Centroid Acorn controller and has a similar user interface. G-code used to drive the machine can be generated by Fusion 360 from drawings or images, or you can make use of Centroid’s Interactive CoNversational (ICN) mode that lets you cut shapes defined by a sequence of cutting operations.
This class complements our hand-held plasma cutter classes and focuses on safety, start up and shut down procedures, and cutting simple shapes using the Centroid’s Interactive CoNversational (ICN) mode.
“CNC Plasma Cutting and Fusion 360” (a next-step class in CNC Plasma sequence) will introduce you to creating and importing DXF and SVG files into Fusion 360, or making drawings in Fusion 360, and then use Fusion 360 to generate G-code for the plasma cutter.
Another next-step class, “Fusion 360 Sheet Metal Basics”, will introduce you to the sheet metal capabilities in Fusion 360 that can then be used to cut parts for sheet metal parts that will be bent and formed.
Go to this link to see the CNC in operation: https://vimeo.com/366139327
Instructor: Bob Mathisrud. Bob was cross trained in many trades as a stationary operating engineer, for over 20 years, at national food baking companies.
In this open studio one or more experienced machinists will be on hand to assist you with your project. The prerequisite for attending this Open Studio is Machine Shop Orientation and preferably at least one lathe and milling class.
Some experience with machine tools desired. Bring your own metal or plastic and hardware for your project. Bring safety glasses and hearing protection may be needed. We have ear plugs available.
Get checked out on the Woodworking Studio’s major power tools not covered in the Tools 1 safety class. This Tools 2 safety class may be taken without first having taken the Tools 1 safety class. Provided you have also attended our free Orientation to the Woodshop class, completing Woodshop Tool Safety 2 will qualify you to use the following tools during Open Studio time or in classes that have this as a prerequisite:
Instructor: Dave Roe
Start 2020 with healthy simple plant based meals. This class will focus on prepping, planning and staying on track to add more plant based options into your routine.
Plant based Chef Nancy Travis will demonstrate some easy ideas to turn a batch of beans, grains and veggies into different and simple meal options for multiple meals during the week. She will also share some simple ideas for using some semi prepared items from the store into very quick meal ideas.
An easy veggie burger and veggie shepard’s pie will be demonstrated and sampled. Everyone will leave with recipes and ideas to create simple plant based meals you and your family will enjoy. All food sampled in class will be vegan.
Ongoing casting for Certificate of Craft Program Students Only.
What To Expect:
Session 1, we will be investing, so come with your pieces sprued, weighed (don't forget to record your wax weight & bring it) and attached to the sprue base, so we can jump right in. Don’t plan on there being time to sprue your work during this time. If you have any concerns or would like some advice on spruing, come to open studio on Monday or Friday. We have set aside a locker where you can leave your sprued flask if you so choose. During investing, we’ll have time to make some last minute adjustments and weigh our metals. When everyone's done investing we’ll clean up and figure out the pouring order for the next morning. You're welcome to stay to help load the kiln for its’ overnight burn.
Session 2, come with appropriate casting wear (& hair up). After a review of the days plan we will get everything ready for the pour. Teams of 2 people will take turns casting until we finish. When all of the flasks are poured everyone can help clean up and show off their work!!
Introduction to Welding Studio Power Tools (Free)
Students will become familiar with the use of power tools in the Welding Studio. Tools covered are the clod saw, horizontal and vertical band saws, drill press, hand and stationary grinders and/or "porta-band". All students should participate in this free Welding: Introduction to Power Tools before signing up for any of our Fabrication Classes (MIG or TIG #3 and #4).
The Fabrication and Project Classes and Open Studios are based on students' ability to safely and comfortably use hand and stationary power tools available in the welding studio for cutting, grinding, and preparing materials.
This class or prior shop experience is a prerequisite for signing up for Fabrication and Project classes and Open Studios. Contact the Studio Lead if you have questions.
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Prerequisite: Those wishing to make use of Open Studio time to work on your own projects at Alchemy Industrial Arts must have taken at least one Blacksmithing class at Alchemy so that they are familiar with the safety protocols, processes and clean up procedures.
Location: This is an off-site class.
Alchemy Industrial Arts
9392 Wardwell Ave NE
Bainbridge Island WA
Jeremy Loerch, Alchemy Industrial Arts, owner, firstname.lastname@example.org. (206) 992-8509
Nathan Abell, BARN Metal Fabrication Monitor, email@example.com, (206) 491-8146
David Hays, Metal Fabrication Lead firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Oliver brought many people to poetry with her plain language and sense of wonder. What next? Who else? This workshop will explore other poets who open our eyes to the world and to our full humanity. We will read poetry that will astonish and write poems in response.
Michele Bombardier’s collection What We Do is currently a finalist for the Washington Book of the Year Award. Michele's poetry and reviews have been published in dozens of journals and anthologies including Alaska Quarterly Review, Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Artemis and many others. She earned her MFA in poetry at Pacific University and is the founder of Fishplate Poetry, a social-purpose organization that provides workshops and retreats for writers while raising money for humanitarian relief, specifically for medical care for refugees in partnership with the Syrian American Medical Society.
This is a foundation class designed to provide what you need to know to safely operate the machine shop’s CNC Lathe.
We’ll cover CNC lathe basics beginning with the details of the machine, understand motion on the Z & X axes in the lathe, various cutting tools, the tool library and diameter & Z-offsets. We’ll also touch on different ways to generate g-code (the language that instructs the CNC machine what to do and where to do it), including the Centroid Interactive Conversation mode for the lathe. Finally, we’ll create some simple g-code, cut some air and if there’s enough time, cut some material.
Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
David Hays retired from his IT services company of 25+ years. As a young man, he worked as a machinist while gaining his engineering degrees, and went on in his later years to create his own hobby machine shop that included a DIY CNC mill.
Contact: David Hays email@example.com
No registration needed. Free for members. Open to non-members. For non-members, there is a $20 drop-in fee payable to the studio monitor by cash or check made out to BARN.
All are welcome to drop by during this Open studio if you would like to observe.
In this class, you’ll learn how to cut useful and interesting shapes out of sheet metal using BARN’s Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Plasma Cutter. Plasma is an ionized high temperature arc that when combined with directed compressed air will cut through metal in a wide range of thicknesses. You’ll learn how to process image files that can be imported into Fusion 360, or use designs created in Fusion 360, then post-process your work in Fusion 360 to produce G-code that will be used to command the CNC Plasma Cutter where to cut.
**This class has two prerequisites: “Introduction to the CNC Plasma Cutter” and “Introduction to Fusion 360” or comparable experience. A quick refresh of safety, start up, and shut down of the CNC Plasma cutter will be covered, but you’ll be expected to be familiar with these details. A laptop loaded with Fusion 360 is essential.
Instructor: Jeanne Huber
In this class you’ll get an introduction into basic foundry work. You’ll learn how to make a basic mold using a provided pattern with Petrobond sand, watch the bronze being poured into the mold, and then clean up the bronze piece that you’ll then be able to take home.
Students must wear natural fiber clothing with long-legged pants, tight fitting long sleeves, closed toed shoes (natural fiber or leather), and have long hair tied back. Safety equipment will be provided but feel free to bring your own eye and ear protection. This class is offered in conjunction with Alchemy Industrial Arts (AIA) at their facility.
Two other related classes BARN/Alchemy Industrial Arts will be offering in 2020 are “Pattern Making” where you’ll learn how to make patterns that can produce a working mold, and “Intermediate Casting” where you’ll use a pattern of your own design to make the mold and cast in Bronze. Stay tuned and sign up for the Metal Fabrication newsletter to receive information when these are offered.
Location: This is an off-site class.
Alchemy Industrial Arts
9392 Wardwell Ave NEBainbridge Island WA
Instructor Maggie McVay received her Bachelors of Fine Arts, concentration in sculpture, from the University of North Florida in 2016. While in school she participated in her first iron pour in 2011. Since then she has participated in over 10 iron pours (including at the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in 2018), as well as multiple bronze and aluminum pours.
Gain confidence in using a wide array of power tools safely in this three-week component of BARN's Intro to Woodworking series.
You will build a sturdy, two-step stepstool of solid wood and plywood. The project was specifically designed to give you experience with the most common stationary and portable tools in the woodshop:
Fix-It Saturday (FREE -- Members & Guests)
Fix-It Saturday takes advantage of the equipment and skills of the Metal Fabrication group at BARN to meet the challenge of repairing items brought in. Requested repairs should be focused on metal or related electrical projects. Your hands on participation in the "fix-it" process is encouraged.
See what we can do, what suggestions we can make, or what other avenues you might pursue if a fix is not at hand.
(No wheeled vehicles, please).
Registration is not required. Fix-It Saturday is free and open to members and non-members.
Please Note: Fix-It Saturday runs concurrently with an Open Studio available to qualified users. Open Studio users must register and pay the required materials fee for the Open Studio that is also held on this day. Please click here to register.
BARN will provide Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for participants.
Participants who plan to weld must wear natural fiber clothing, long pants, long sleeves, closed toe shoes (natural fiber or leather), no stretch fabrics, and long hair tied back.
Rob Avery: Rob is a Monitor in the welding studio; a creative artist, loves to share, coach others and problem solve in creative ways.(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Received 5-21 via a calendar from Henry and posted on 5/21
In this workshop you will examine how humor writers use incidents from their lives to turn the painful, the absurd, the odd, the embarrassing, the disconcertingly memorable…. into humor. Then, to follow James Thurber’s adage “Humor is chaos remembered in tranquility” we will sift through our lives to find those stories, anecdotes and incidents to guild with humor. We will, examining other humor-writers’ works, look at structure (essay or story) as a means to convey humor.
Bob Balmer's first humorous essay was published in the Oregonian in 1992. His work has appeared in The Smithsonian, The Oregonian, The Seattle Times, The Seattle Weekly, Golf Illustrated, ZYZZYVA,
Oregon Coast Magazine, Golf Weekly, The Eugene Weekly, The Guide and Willamette Week. It has aired on the radio shows The Savvy Traveler and MarketPlace as well as on Oregon Public Radio and Television.
He has an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University, and he attended the Iowa Summer Writing Workshop and the Tin House Summer Writing Workshop at Reed College. He recently returned from taking Improv and sketch writing classes at Second City Comedy in Chicago. He has led humor writing workshops at Write in the Harbor, Portland Storytellers Guild, The Oregon Writers Colony, Sitka Center for the Arts and Ecology, The Write on the Sound Conference, The Hoffman Center for the Arts, Mary's Woods Retirement Center, The Oregon Council Teachers of English student writing Festival
This two session class will introduce you to the art of stone cutting. Learn how to cut and polish cabochons from rough, using various cutting and polishing equipment in the process. All base materials will be provided. Students will have an opportunity to purchase additional varieties of rough stones and are welcome to bring any stones of their own that they have questions about or want to try cutting.
Instructor: Karin Lee Luvaas is a local Bainbridge Island artist and jeweler. With an art degree in encaustics, painting and metal sculpture, Karin has studied under acclaimed jewelry masters Michael Boyd, Kent Raible, Petra Class, and Sarah Graham and achieved Graduate Jeweler status under Alan Revere of the world renowned Revere Academy of San Francisco, California. Karin is also a GIA certified Graduate Gemologist and holds a Jewelers of America Bench Jeweler Technician certificate.
Karin’s current work can be viewed on Instagram @karinluvaas.
Making a custom size pair of slippers is a great opportunity to learn how to make a 3-D object starting with a 2-D resist pattern. In this workshop participants will develop confidence in planning the project, estimating the shrinkage and enlarging the pattern. You will learn about the different qualities and types of sheep’s wool and how to choose and mix the right wools to get a strongly felted durable pair of slippers. At the end of the day, you will go home with a pair of custom made felted slippers.
This would be a great holiday gift for family and friends of all ages! Give a gift certificate and have the recipient take the workshop in January.
Skill Level: Universal. All skill levels are welcome
Instructor Bio: Flóra Carlile- Kovács is an award winner of several wearable art shows. She is a professional felt artist born in Szeged, Hungary, now living and working in Seattle. In her work, she incorporates two bodies of knowledge, the nomadic traditions and the urban, modern style of feltmaking. Coming from the European tradition of craftsmanship and quality, she is constantly experimenting with ways to improve not only the visual artistic aspect of her work, but also its physical integrity as a functional object appropriate for everyday use.
MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding is the easiest kind of welding to learn and a technique with broad applications.
This is hands-on introduction is aimed at students interested in trying MIG welding.
The goal at the end of the class is to feel comfortable with the operation of the welding machine and the MIG welding process. The class begins with a safety briefing. There is a brief introduction to welding theory and materials. There will be approximately two hours of hands-on practice and guidance on technique (within the 2 1/2 hour class). At the end of class, students should be able to lay down a MIG bead and to be able to identify and remedy problems with the bead. Many students will have advanced to exploring different types of weld joints or welding different thicknesses of material.
Students who have completed the class are eligible to participate in welding shop open studios.
Small class size (4) provides one-on-one learning and direct mentoring. Each participant will have the use of a fully equipped Miller 215 welder and will go through the welding set up process.
Erin Munter was raised locally on the Island. In her 20's she moved to Oakland, California and attended the welding program at Laney College for 4 years. During this time she interned and volunteered at a metal arts school called The Crucible. She returned to Bainbridge Island and began doing furniture bases and other fabrication for Coyote Woodshop. Eventually she moved on to work at an Island fabricating shop as well as teach at another Kitsap area school aimed towards children's welding education. She still currently does fabrication all over Kitsap. Her passion is everything welded including large and small indoor and outdoor household amenities. She also takes part in the local art community with sculptures in local shows past and future.
Contact: Henry Sharpe: HenrySharpe@gmail.com.
Join your fellow Surface Design enthusiasts at a gathering in the BARN Fiber Arts Studio on Monday, January 27th at 1:00 PM.
If you have never visited BARN or the Fiber Arts Studio -- this is a great chance to come and see the Studio, take part in a creative activity, and meet the community.
Come and meet Diane Naab a talented mixed media artist from Ketchikan, AK. She has been an active part of the Art Center in Ketchikan and has shown her photography, pottery, and mixed media pieces.
Diane also creates beautiful beaded cloth pieces, and fabric collage with stitch and bead embellishment, and has been involved in several Island Studio Tours and with the Bainbridge Museum of Art.
This class has prerequisites. See below.
Learn the basics of designing and building Euro-style cabinets, also known as frameless cabinets.
With other students, you will build one or more cabinets with a drawer, a shelf, and a door. There is no materials fee for this class because the cabinets will be ones needed by BARN or another local non-profit organization.
The class will start with an overview of cabinet styles, with an emphasis on Euro-style cabinets and their components. There will also be a discussion about cabinet materials and useful tools.
Then you'll build, starting by preparing a cut list from a drawing. You'll learn how to accurately and safely cut down sheets of plywood and how to assemble the pieces into sturdy, square cabinet boxes. You'll also learn how to add components: shelves, doors and drawers. You'll learn how to use story sticks, how to choose and install hinges and other hardware, and how to install the cabinets in a room.
Instructors: Dave Whitacre and Wayne Chang. Dave moved to Bainbridge in 2013 after he retired as a petroleum engineer in Alaska. Woodworking has been his hobby for the past 40-plus years. He's enjoyed designing and building traditional-styled furniture and hopes to broaden his skills and techniques now that he has more time to devote to the craft. Wayne enjoys the challenge and problem solving that goes along with woodworking. In the past, most of his woodworking involved rebuilding his 100-year-old house. Now it revolves around anything that his daughter asks him to build. He also coordinates the community service projects done in the Woodworking Studio.
The BARN Fiber Arts studio would like to extend an invitation for youth and teens (12 and older) to come to the Monday open studio from 2:00-4:00 on early dismissal Mondays, starting January 6th. This is a self directed time where youth can work on their own projects, with their own materials. There will be studio monitors present to answer questions and support your projects. This is an open studio time for all BARN Fiber Artists, with a special invitation to youth.
You are Welcome to attend any of the fiber arts open studios, regardless of the type of fiber project you have in mind.
FREE for BARN Members and Youth under the Age of 18
$20 Drop-in Fee for Adult Nonmembers.
**Make up class for session canceled due to weather. SK**
In this class you will learn about basic metal cutting, and the tools in the BARN machine shop studio used for drilling, turning, milling, sawing and grinding. There will be a basic demonstration of what the drill press, lathe, milling machine, cut off saw, band saw and surface grinder do. Throughout, there will be an emphasis on safety issues surrounding these powerful and potentially dangerous machines.
This class is free but please register so we know how many to expect.
In this two session class, we will cover simple gemstone identification. Using basic information about gemstones like hardness, optical properties, fractures, and luster, this class will help students begin to identify some popular gemstones, while learning the tell tale traits of classic gem imitations. Gemstone families, cutting styles, facet names, and how to use a jeweler’s loupe will be covered. The origins of birthstones, famous gemstone myths and ancient gem lore will be discussed.
Instructor: Nanz Aalund’s wide ranging career as a jewelry designer, goldsmith, and educator, began with high school shop classes. After serving as a fine jewelry designer and marketing consultant for Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co., Aalund taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington and at the Art Institute in Seattle. Earning a Masters of Fine Art (MFA/Metals) and a Masters of Education/College and Technical Teaching Curriculum (CTTC). Her work has been exhibited both national and international since the 1980s. She authored the book, "Masters Gold,” published by Lark Books in 2009 and her most recent publication, “A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeship” published in 2017 for MJSA, received a Silver Medal in the national AM&P Excel Awards, in 2018.