In this class, students will learn the basics of how to design and fabricate professional, load-bearing frames out of steel. Students will work together to build a series of industrial storage racks, stools, and/or work tables for the shops of the Asylum. Students will participate in the construction and assembly of the pieces all the way from raw materials to finished product, and learn skills including measuring, layout, manufacturing of jigs, cutting, and MIG welding. Each student will get time to practice using cold saws, mig welders, and angle grinders over the course of the four-week session. This will be a good introduction to general structural steel construction techniques; each week we'll reinforce the skills learned in previous classes.
In this class students will learn every skill needed to build a load-bearing steel frame structure. These include layout, cutting, grinding, jigging, and MIG welding. This class is structured such that it can be taken multiple times, allowing you to get more time and instruction on refining your metal fabrication skills with each iteration. This class will prepare you for Metalworking Intensive II.
What to Bring:
Materials will be provided by the Asylum.
Required Dress Code:
- Cotton clothing that you don't mind getting dirty (synthetics burn and melt)
- Long sleeves and pants
- Closed-toe shoes
- Something to cover your hair: baseball cap and bandanas work well
Calvin Domenico and Edison Gieswein have been restoring old manufacturing equipment and making machine tools from scratch for the past decade. Both have worked in the manufacturing industry professionally, and both help maintain Artisan's Asylum equipment in their spare time.
Paul Carson is an engineer by training and metalworking enthusiast. After years of making bicycle powered sculptures, a recumbent trike, gas powered bumper cars and other contraptions, he designed his own bicycle building process using the fixture and manufacturing process design skills he learned working as a manufacturing engineer.
David Dowling is a professional large-scale metal fabricator and artist, Asylum member and instructor.
Session 1: Wednesday, March 6, 7PM - 10PM
Session 2: Wednesday, March 13, 7PM - 10PM
Session 3: Wednesday, March 20, 7PM - 10PM
Session 4: Wednesday, March 27, 7PM - 10PM
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.