Metal Arts & related upcoming events

    • Thursday, June 29, 2017
    • Thursday, August 31, 2017
    • 17 sessions
    • BARN Electronic & Technical Arts Studio, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge
    • 5
    If you're a high school student interested in robotics, this program is for you!

    Work alongside a professional engineer with a background in machine design as you tackle a moderately complex project: designing and building an advanced shooter system that can be installed on Bainbridge High School's Spartronics HELIOS robot before the Girls Generation 2017 event in the fall.

    The instructor and other mentors will guide you through the design and fabrication process while explaining the reasons for and consequences of the things that take place. You will be able to experience the robot design-and-build process without the stress of the official competition season. You will also build your skills in making parts and assemblies typically used in FIRST robots, and you will learn more about  systems engineering.

    Students will use several facilities in BARN's new center, including the Electronics & Technical Arts Studio and the metal machining and sheet metal shops within the Metal Arts Studio.


    • Open to eighth grade graduates and above who have completed at least Algebra 1. Students from Bainbridge Island and beyond Bainbridge are welcome.
    • Because this program occurs during the school summer vacation, 100 percent attendance is not required. However, students who miss sessions will need to make their own arrangements to find out what they missed.
    • No class on July 1 because of the Rotary Auction that day or on July 15. Saturday, July 22. The schedule may be changed to accommodate the majority of participants.
    • A $20 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first session.
    • Students must bring a scientific calculator or a smart phone with a calculator feature equivalent to that in an iPhone 6,. At times, students will also need to bring materials for developing sketches: paper, pencils, erasers, scales, triangles and a compass.
    • BARN will supply two laptops with Autodesk Fusion 360 installed, but students are encouraged to bring their own laptops with the program installed, for use in sketching and drawing using CAD.

    Instructor: Paul G. Vibrans P.E., is the lead instructor. He is a naval architect, marine engineer and electrical engineer with 45 years of diverse engineering experience, from gorilla doors to custom yachts to elevators. Other mentors of Bainbridge High School's robotics team will also help guide this program.

    • Tuesday, July 25, 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 2

    Make cooper scoop with turned wooden handle that you can use to measure out sugar or flour  or even just to decorate a wall.It's that beautiful.

    You will have your choice of three sizes, based on either a 4- or 5-inch round shape. In the sheet metal shop, you will learn the basics of layout, which will control the size. In the wooodworking shop, you will turn the handle and shape the back, which gives strength to the scoop and allows you to attach the handle.

    When you finish the class, you will feel comfortable in reproducing the scoop, in whatever size you want, during open studio time.

    Materials cost: $25, payable at the first class.

    Instructors: Jack Archer and Linda Sohlberg

    • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • BARN Sheet Metal Studio, 8890 Three Tree Ln, BI, WA 98110
    • 0

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    Get checked out on how to use BARN’s sheet metal tools and then work on projects with guidance from Jack Archer, who spent a career in sheet metal work and now heads BARN’s sheet metal programs.

    What can you do with sheet metal? Make everything from artistic sculptures and clever boxes to practical things like copper colored post caps, and metal-wrapped countertops.

    Contact Jack with any questions at:

    • Tuesday, August 01, 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • BARN Sheet Metal Studio, 8890 Three Tree Ln, BI, WA 98110
    • 0

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    Create a dramatic, three-dimensional five pointed metal star to decorate a wall or maybe the side of a barn or garage. In this class you'll form, assemble and spot weld together five pieces of metal into the shape of star using jump shears, box and pan brake and a spot welder. 

    You’ll make your 36-inch-diameter five-point star from galvanized steel, which you can paint later, if you wish. (The star in the picture is galvanized steel sprayed with an antique bronze paint.)

    The materials cost for class fabrication is $12, payable in class. 

    The Sheet Metal Studio will be open Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 6 pm to 8 pm for open studio time to finish any class projects.

    No prior sheet metal experience is required, although it will be helpful to have taken the two-hour Sheet Metal Safety class, offered twice a month on Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm.

    Instructor: Jack Archer spent a career in sheet metal work and now heads BARN’s sheet metal programs. Contact Jack with any questions: 

    • Monday, August 07, 2017
    • Friday, August 11, 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN Woodworking & Metal Studios, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI WA 98110
    • 4
    During the week, you will make an Adirondack chair, metal stars, glass mobile and a small planter to spiff up your summer patio fun.

    This is a full week immersion experience at BARN, you will be here all day, learn basic skills in the Woodshop and Metal Arts studios, cook your own lunch with the Kitchen Arts and become a BARN teen!

    Studios: Woodshop and Metal Arts

    Ages: 13- 18

    There is an Additional materials fee for this course: $150.00 (includes cedar for chairs, glass and metals). Please bring check to the first day of class. Scholarships are available, please contact

    • Tuesday, August 08, 2017
    • Thursday, August 10, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Woodworking Studio, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island
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    Make an elegant copper-top  birdhouse as you learn to use a variety of woodworking and sheet-metal tools.

    In the Woodworking Studio, you will be introduced to the chop saw, table saw and drill press and then cut out and assemble the birdhouses. 

    In the Metal Arts studio, you will  learn how to use basic sheet metal equipment and be guided through making and attaching the copper roof to your  birdhouse. 


    • $20 materials fee, payable at the first class.
    • Beginners, 14 years old and up, are welcome. But, like all users of the woodshop, students must first attend our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class. Multiple sessions are listed on the Woodshop calendar.

    Instructors: David Grant, a BARN woodworker and board member, and Jack Archer, who heads BARN's sheet metal programs, will team-teach this class.

    • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    • Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • 1

    Build a cypress wood pie box with punched metal top, make a pie to fill it, and carry them both home. And in the process, gain experience on tools in three BARN studios: Woodworking, Metal Arts and Kitchen Arts.

    In this two-evening class, you will use a table saw, chop saw and other tools to build the basic box, which will have a pull-out shelf to hold the pie. In the sheet metal shop, you will create a decorative punched-metal top, which will allow steam to escape as your pie cools. You have a choice of copper or tin. And, in BARN's commercial kitchen, you will bake a seasonal crusted fruit pie from scratch to carry home and enjoy on a summer evening.


    • Beginners are welcome.
    • The materials fee is $42. Please pay at the first session.
    • Before the class, draw the design you want for the perforated metal cover. For ideas, search Google images for "punched tin" but select a small design, not one that covers the entire 12-inch-square metal you will be decorating.

    Instructors: Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi will guide the woodworking phase, Jack Archer the sheet metal work, and Kate McDill, the baking component. Carol is a professional furniture restorer. Jack is the retired owner of a sheet metal business and heads BARN's sheet metal programs. Kate is a member of BARN's Kitchen Arts group, and baking is her passion.

    • Saturday, September 16, 2017
    • Saturday, September 23, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA
    • 1

    Collaborate with multiple BARN studios in this two-session class where you will create a 6” x 21” fused glass sculpture and, next, a metal stand in which to display it.

    Week one, you will cut, arrange, and layer glass in a colorful and artistic fashion. Then, the piece will be flat fired in the Glass Studio’s kiln. The next session, you will work in the Sheet Metal Studio, learning to form, cut, and spot weld metal.  The result? A fantastic stand for your tall sculpture.

    Note: In the second session on September 23, participants will work in two groups. One group will meet in the Sheet Metal Studio from 10 am-noon and the other from noon-2 pm.

    Materials Fee: $43, payable at start of first session.


    Jack Archer spent a career in the sheet metal work and is now studio lead for that craft.

    Teri Smith has created fused glass art for over ten years. She particularly enjoys working with vivid colors, the reflective and transparent effects of the medium, the play of light, and the textural aspects of glass.  Mostly, she designs both functional and decorative bowls.

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