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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.
* This class has prerequisites. See below.
In this culminating segment of BARN's Beginning Woodworking series, you will build a small, Shaker-style table suitable as a lamp stand or night stand that incorporates some of your own design elements.
This class is designed for students who know the basics of using hand and power tools but want to develop those skills more and learn to take a project through all of the steps from initial idea through finished project. This class includes:
Short-sleeve or tight-cuff tops and close-toe comfortable shoes are required. No jewelry other than "button-type" earrings for women is allowed, so no rings, bracelets, necklaces. Long hair must be tied back.
Get a good foundation in carving techniques, including push, stop and draw cuts. In this three-session class, you will learn the basics of safe handling and use of carving knives the first night, then go on to learn how to deal with changes in wood grain, hollowing techniques, and other concepts as you make a spoon and carve a figure during second and third sessions.
This class is open to both beginning carvers and those who already have some carving experience. Each time BARN schedules this class, the carving projects are new.
Instructor: As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff Iller learned about woodworking tools and knives early on. By high school, he was winning ribbons with his wood carvings at his hometown fair. Around 1996 Jeff found room for a shop and he has carved ever since. He’ll carve most anything, but prefers to innovate with the working tools to carve multiple parts inside one piece of wood and to make physically detailed and accurate carvings of women's faces. Carvings on the entry sign to the BARN Woodworking Studio shows the quality of his work.
Iller says he was taught early on that he could make anything from wood. He is still trying to prove that statement wrong.
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
* This class has prerequisites. Please see below.
With their interlocking nature, mortise and tenon joints are among the strongest ways to link two pieces of wood together when the grain direction runs in opposite ways. But to work correctly, both sides of the joint need to be cut precisely right.
This two-session class focuses on making four different styles of these joints, using the vertical mortiser, the table saw tenoning jig, the Festool Domino cutter, and the router table.
On the first day, you will learn how to lay out these joints, using marking gauges and rulers. You will then cut mortises two ways — with the vertical mortiser and with a drill press and chisels. You will cut tenons with the tenoning jig on the table saw. On the second day, you will learn how to cut haunched tenons and why you might want them, and you will learn how to use two tools — the Domino cutter and the router table — that each can make all the cuts you need for mortise and tenon joinery.
The focus of this class is on learning the techniques. You will go home with samples, not a complete project. The instructor will challenge each student to cut each style of joint using custom dimensions, ensuring that everyone gets a chance to learn to adjust the tool settings to match different depths and widths.
* This class is open to woodworkers 14+ years old who have competed Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2. If you have not already taken them, please register for them before you sign up for this class. If you want to use any of the tools covered in this class during Open Studio time, you also need to take our free Orientation to the Woodshop class.
Instructor: Josh Haza. Josh has been building furniture for his home and doing home renovations for a few decades now. He also built equipment for high school physics classes he taught.
Please avoid dangling jewelry or loose clothing. Long hair must be tied back. Wear close-toe shoes.
The class consists of three half-day sessions.
What Students Need to Bring to Class
(Instructions from Barbara Ramsey):
Instructor Bio: Barbara Ramsey is a fabric artist who sews original abstract art works using traditional quilting techniques. Employing her own designs, she pieces together fabric shapes with a sewing machine and by hand. Her main materials are commercially printed fabric as well as fabric she has dyed and manipulated herself.
Her work expresses her fascination with light, color, texture, materials, and process. She love the ritual of taking fabric of one color and changing it into another color with dye or bleach. She is completely absorbed by the simple acts of washing, rinsing, drying, sewing, and ironing as she pull scores of separate colors together into a single piece. Like many traditional quilters, She is devoted to precise construction. She differ from many traditional quilters in that she design and cut fabric in an effort to distort geometry. She works to create irregularity, using various shapes to impel the viewer’s eye to roam over the entire surface of the quilt, seeking the harmonies in the middle of contrast. She create her work in order to disappear into its making.
Barbara loves to teach quilting and helping other quilt artists as they move from traditional designs to more free-form creations. She feel energized as she watches her students learn to improvise with shape and line, create more surprising color combinations, and gain the confidence required to do original work.
Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom is fun and easy. The looms are small and portable and your weaving can be as simple or as complex as you like. This class is for those new to weaving or established weavers looking for a way to make quick projects.
Class participants will learn how to direct warp the loom, how to do simple balanced weaving, how to identify and fix simple mistakes, and how to remove the finished project from the loom.
Rigid Heddle Looms are perfect for weaving with hand-knitting yarns. Participants will bring a variety of yarns that will be used to make a scarf that they will finish by the end of the class and take home with them.
What to Bring:
We encourage students to go to Churchmouse, our local Bainbridge Island yarn store, for material supplies.
Materials Fee: None.
Skill Level: Universal - Beginners to advanced weavers
Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.
Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator and a microwave for your use.
This class will be taught by a rotating team of Fiber Studio weavers and fiber artists, including Terry Winer, Dale Walker, Sybil Carrere, and Sandy Hall.
In this 2-session workshop you will learn to repair the hand tools, which have been damaged in the jewelry studio. Hammer faces and dapping punches will be resurfaced and polished. Side cutters will be sharpened and pliers will have rust and nicks removed so they will no longer scar soft metals during use. Tools like dividers and brass slide gauges will be modified for easier use. Soldering tweezers will be straightened, strengthened, and repaired.
If some of the names of these tools baffle you, then this class will help you identify the tools you're using and help you to know how to fix your own tools when needed. The class will learn safety practices for the use of the Grinder and the Buffing Machines. Polishing compounds for mirror finishes on steel hammer faces will be covered.
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.
Nanz Aalund, firstname.lastname@example.org
This class has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19th. Please click here to register for the January class.
** This class has prerequisites. Please see below.
Make two bowls 6 to 7 inches in diameter in this two-session class as you build your woodturning skills and learn some of the special techniques and insights needed for bowl-turning.
The best (and most fun) way to hone your bowl-turning skills is to use green wood for the blanks. In this class you will turn two green-wood bowls, working on smooth and efficient cuts. In the first session, you will learn the best bowl shape for a novice turner, how to safely mount the blank on the lathe, and how to use of a scroll chuck and bowl gouge. You will also learn how to maintain even wall thickness, and how to treat the bowl to prevent cracking while it dries. In the second session, in addition to turning a second bowl, you will learn the basics about balancing grain and which Northwest woods are best for turning.
By successfully completing these two sessions and turning two bowls, you will have a good understanding of the process and techniques, and be qualified to turn bowls of this size independently during Open Studio time in the BARN Woodworking Studio.
Photograph by Joy McCallister Photography.
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.
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: Jeanne Huber
In this 3 sessions class you will learn how to make a hammer from aluminum and brass as you learn basic metal machining techniques.
Machining operations that will be covered in the class include basic metal turning, external thread cutting, knurling, chamfering, cutting off, milling a flat on a round work piece, drilling, and tapping threads.
The hammer, which will be yours to keep, will have a brass head and will be useful as a "positioning" hammer. If you want a hammer head other than brass that's 1¼ inch diameter, bring the material to the class.
A materials fee of $20 is included in the class tuition.
Before the class, students should view the following YouTube videos on how to make this type of hammer:
part 1part 2part 3part 4Extra Credit video
If you have questions, please email Stan Stumbo at email@example.com or phone him at (206) 842-1458.
INSTRUCTOR: Stan Stumbo is a professional marine mechanical engineer (retired) and is a longtime home-shop hobby machinist.
While there is nothing inherently wrong with snapshots, you can easily do so much better using a series of simple techniques introduced in this workshop. Creating more lasting images that capture the feeling you had when you took the picture is not hard. It just requires a little more thought before you press the shutter. This workshop will give you the tools and techniques to take your pictures to the next level, independent of your camera from smart phones to DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex). Technical details will be avoided. Instead, we will explore how to see and capture the best images that memorialize and document an event, trip, people and place.
Attendees are encouraged to submit anonymously-sourced (no embarrassment!) photos that may be used as examples in the “before and after” tricks and tips section. You can submit a few photos via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring them in on a thumb drive or camera card before class. At the end of the class each attendee will receive a carry-around tip card.
Ken Rothmuller has been shooting images since getting his first camera as a teenager. Later in life he had both a B/W and color darkroom before switching over to a digital workflow. More recently he has had the opportunity to study under some great mentors, including: Jay Maisel, Joel Meyerowitz, Eddie Soloway, and Margo Davis.
Ken especially enjoys traveling with his camera allowing him to see new places more deeply, cementing memories and giving him the opportunity to interact with locals.
He has taught photo workshops and photography courses at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. You can reach Ken at: email@example.com
This class is a benefit for BARN Members only.
Learn how to use the Media studio to make simple audio recordings.
Upon completion, you will be qualified to use the studio recording equipment. In addition, you will be granted fob access, have access to the Google calendar to reserve studio time, have access to Google Drive storage for sharing your work with yourself at home, and will be given instructions on how to maintain an orderly studio so that others will not be confused or disoriented. A brief introduction to equipment that may be used outside of the studio will also be given.
Note: On-boarding training is a requirement for unsupervised use of the Studio.
Please register as class is limited to 3 students.
Have you ever built a project and then been disappointed by the design result? By making quick, easy scaled models first, you can play around with different design solutions and settle on one that incorporates your favorite elements — before you embark on building the full-size project in wood, metal or other materials. Scaled models are also useful for artists working on projects such as books with popup or fold-out elements.
Designing anything in three dimensions really benefits from using three-dimensional models. In this two-session class, you will learn how to build scaled physical models that are classic 3-D design aids. You'll be working mostly with paper, card stock and basswood, and you will be encouraged to modify your models as you experiment with design and technique.
This two session class covers:
At the first session, you will learn about the tools and materials and make a simple model of a project suggested by the instructor. At the second session, you will make models and experiment with design options for a project of your own choosing. The overriding principle is to have fun both in making models as well as discovering how to further refine your design.
Instructor: Alec Vassiliadis studied models from a very young age. He built lots of scale models of planes, cars and boats, and painted, altered and sometimes destroyed them. "So, naturally, I gravitated to architectural school, where I excelled at building models," he said. After working as an architect for about a year, he gave up on paper as a medium of design and fell back into building models. It did not take long before he was turning his life passion into a profession. He has been building models for architects and industrial designers for the past 40 years.
Fringe twisting? Hem stitching? Look at samples, play with techniques. Let’s get those projects done! The Fiber Studio’s Weaving Labs are facilitated short workshops (1- 1.5 hours) on a topic, technique, or idea for weavers on all types of looms. These workshops are during Weaving Wednesdays, so you are welcome to bring a weaving project to work on too.
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.
BARN members and members of the community are welcome to join a new informal singing group designed to build community and bring joy to all who participate or listen! No previous experience or audition is required.
Music selections vary across many styles, including rounds and simple part-songs. We're looking forward to filling the BARN halls with music on an ongoing basis!
This event is free. No need to register, just drop on in. We will meet in the BARN's Great Room on the upper level.
Meeting dates are alternating Mondays and Thursdays at different times. Please see upcoming dates and times below:
Thursday, September 19, 1-2 pm Monday, September 30, 12-1 pm
Thursday, October 17, 1-2 pm
Monday, October 28, 12-1 pm
Thursday, November 14 1-2 pm
Monday, November 25, 12- 1pm
Thursday, December 12, 1- 2pm
Contact: Program Manager Jess Henderson
Try plasma cutting and welding while making a metal 16-18" evergreen tree. Cut the shapes out of flat sheet steel and weld them together.
Participants will use a hand held plasma cutter to create parts of a tree in 16 gauge steel (roughly 3/32nds) and then weld the pieces together with MIG tack welds.
Instructor: Henry Sharpe. Henry is an amateur welder and the studio lead for welding.
Class size is 3. Minimum class size is 2. If only one student has registered 3 days before the class, the class will be cancelled.
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 Sheet Metal Orientation and Tool Safety class, you will learn the proper use of the studio's tools and equipment; most importantly the brake and jump shear. You will try your hand with the studio's equipment, all of which is hand operated. Interested students are advised to attend before you sign up for classes or come to an Assisted Studio.
Participants must wear natural fiber clothing, long pants, closed toe shoes (natural fiber or leather), no stretch fabrics, and long hair tied back.
Teacher/Monitor: Linda Sohlberg. Linda is a registered architect. She is also active in the woodworking studio at BARN.
Additional Contact -- Studio Lead: Chris Stanley
You don't want to miss our December Teen Night - holiday edition! In addition to the fun activities below, we'll have paper snowflake making and cookie decorating along with seasonal tunes. If you're in the mood, wear your favorite snow hat!
Tea Lights in the Woodshop
Make a trio of candle holders in the Woodshop to keep or to gift! First you'll cut tree limbs on the bandsaw, then you'll drill a hole the perfect size for a tea light candle. You can add your own personal touch with holiday decorations before you take them home.
Get suited up to make sparks fly in our welding studio! You will get to use your own creativity to make a design to cut out of metal.
Learn to knit or use skills you already have to start a simple rolled brim hat with super chunky yarn that you can finish at home!
Flower Vine Ornaments
Create a flower form by folding, cutting and layering a variety of decorative papers. String the forms together with embroidery floss and add some bling. A vine can hold one flower or many. They make great decorations to hang from trees or wherever a bright splash is wanted.
Stay tuned for the details about other activities in the works!
No pre-registration is required, although all students will need to sign in upon arrival.
The remaining dates for 2019-2020 are January 10, February 14, March 13, April 17, and May 8.
Questions: contact Jess Henderson at BARN at 206-842-4475 x221 or email: JessH@bainbridgebarn.org
Get introduced to 3D printing in this one and a half hour session. You'll get to see BARN's printers and gain an understanding of how they work and what they can make.
You will see a computer file get readied for printing in a process called "slicing."
You'll see the different printers we have and learn about filament, the material 3D printers use to make prints. We'll start a print and you'll see the printer print.
3D printing has many uses, ranging from practical to fun, such as replacement parts, mold-making, medical models used in surgery, prototypes and more.
Bring your curiosity and questions. You can continue to use the 3D printers at Open Studio where a studio monitor or other member can help you.
Class size is limited to 6.
Link sterling silver jump-rings into a pair of unique earrings in the striking and popular Byzantine chain pattern. Learn simple wire-wrapping to adorn your earrings with pearls. Freshwater pearls, in a choice of colors, are included in the materials kit. Spend a convivial afternoon with friends new and old, and leave with fabulous new jewelry to enjoy yourself or delight a gift recipient.
Because such a short list of simple hand tools is required to make a very diverse selection of patterns, chain making is an ideal, and relatively portable, activity to continue enjoying long beyond the close of the class. Students are encouraged to bring favorite beads to incorporate into their work. No torch work is required for this class.
Please wear closed-toe shoes. Wear hearing protectors when warranted and safety glasses; bring your own or use BARN's. Tie back long hair. Avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry; roll up sleeves.
Instructor: Julia Lowther Growing up in Monteverde, Costa Rica, my hands were always busy with embroidery, crochet, weaving, and other fiber arts. I moved to Seattle in 1996, discovered metal, and quickly gravitated to chains -- an appealing transformation of stiff, unruly wire into flexible structures of satisfying weight. The manual dexterity gained from decades of needlework translated neatly to working at a jewelry scale. I believe the craft arts have immense value. They are the best and finest expressions of the alliance between our big brains and our opposable thumbs. Fine craft is living art, coming down off the walls, taking to the streets, making every day artful and special, and inviting people to join the community and become makers themselves.
“Buche de Noel” or “Yule Log” has its origins in European Christmas traditions. Made of sponge cake shaped into a Swiss Roll, frosted and decorated to resemble a miniature log. It is a technical recipe with a challenging practice of rolling a sponge, but once you figure out the art to a sponge and Swiss roll, you will be happy to share the beauty of this tradition. Decorate with tiny marzipan mushrooms, chocolate bark, live evergreens - the options are countless and we would like to introduce this holiday treat this season.
There is a $10 materials fee for the ingredients included in a class price
Please bring a presentation platter and couple leak proof containers to take home left-over baking and decorating supplies and a big cotton kitchen towel for rolling your cake
To comply with WA State Health Department guidelines, please wear closed-toe shoes to class and keep your hair up
Instructor: Henry Sharpe. Henry is an amateur welder and the studio lead for welding.
Link sterling silver jump-rings into a pair of richly textured earrings in the appealing Square Maille chain pattern. Learn simple wire-wrapping to adorn your earrings with pearls or beads. A choice of various bead or pearl colors are included in the materials kit. Spend a convivial afternoon with friends new and old, and leave with fabulous new jewelry to enjoy for yourself or to delight a gift recipient.
Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio, this free orientation session is required for all who wish to work in the Woodworking Studio. It will cover everything from shop etiquette to specifics of how to use the shop's dust collection and compressed air systems. Overall BARN policies, as well as shop-specific ones, will also be covered.
Participants will also learn about the leadership structure within the shop and about opportunities to participate in helping everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range from serving as safety monitors to helping on Maintenance Mondays.
This class is free, but please register so we know how many to expect.
Instructor: Jeff Williams
Bring your family and create a one of a kind fused glass ornament celebrating 2019.
This class is open to everyone and is a great opportunity to experience the glass studio. You will choose an ornament blank and decorate it with embellishments available in the studio. Ornaments will be fired overnight and will be available for pick-up starting on Tuesday the 17th.
Experienced Glass Studio Elves look forward to welcoming you to their workshop and facilitating your masterpiece.
Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.
Learn to make healthy and guilt-free sweet treats to enjoy with your family or share with friends over the holidays. These nutrient dense treats are not only delicious but will also keep you healthy through the festive season. In this hands-on class the recipes will be provided, with plenty of sweetness to enjoy. These are healthy alternatives to mass produced and processed foods during the holiday season. You will work in groups to make one of three recipes.
Each registrant is encouraged to bring one adult or youth to work with you at your workstation. The adult or youth you bring is free and will be at the same workstation with you. When you register please scroll down the screen and enter Yes or No for bringing a friend or youth.
A materials fee for the ingredients is included in the class price.
Please bring a leak proof container to take home your sweet treats.
To comply with WA State Health Department guidelines, please wear closed-toe shoes to class and keep your hair up.
About the Instructor: Kat Gyorgy
I am passionate about vegan and vegetarian cuisine and introducing more and more people to the pleasures of a plant based diet. The kitchen has been my playground since I was a child and it brings me tremendous happiness to share my love of cooking great tasting food that is simple, whole, healthy and nourishes not only the body, but also the mind and soul. So much of life happens in the kitchen and enjoyed around the table, so it is my desire to share the flavors of the world and bring you more enjoyment with my “gypsy-ing around the globe” inspired dishes.
Learn more at gypsykatkitchen.com!
Early Release Monday kid friendly holiday craft.
With step by step instructions, you will learn how to make brass or copper wire stars using a wire jig. You can make 6 individual star ornaments or attach your stars to twine or ribbon to make garland. Keep it simple or choose from hundreds of assorted beads to make your stars unique.
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
To use the shop, you will also need to attend our free one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class.
Woodshop Tool Safety 1 will qualify you to use the following tools during Open Studio time and in classes that require certification in these tools:
While building a nut and preparing a threaded rod you will gain experience with our lathe and mill. You will also practice layout, facing with the mill, drilling, taping, adjusting a four jaw chuck, using the cut off saw, and filing a chamfer.
This class is suitable both as a beginning class and for those who are fairly new to the shop and wish to gain experience.
You will not only get a chance to gain confidence in using our shop tools, but have a lovely square nut that spins freely on your threaded rod demonstrating your proficiency with threading.
There will be a $5 material fee included in the price of class.
Teacher Bio: Jerry Erickson is an engineer, machinist and Inventor . He has been very active in the BARN Metals Fabrication shop and has taught a number of our classes. He works with a number of companies to help them develop new mechanisms and products and improve their existing ones.
Contact: Jerry Erickson, Jericksonhome@msn.com
Bring your finished projects for a show, share and celebration of a year of weaving. This is a great time to celebrate your year's projects or be inspired by other weavers. The Fiber Studio’s Weaving Labs are facilitated short workshops (1- 1.5 hours) on a topic, technique, or idea for weavers on all types of looms. These workshops are during Weaving Wednesdays, so you are welcome to bring a weaving project to work on too.