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Mixed Media Furniture: Wood + Metal JANUARY

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:30 PM (EST)

Somerville, United States

Mixed Media Furniture: Wood + Metal JANUARY

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This ticket grants admission to all sessions of Mixed Media Furniture: Wood + Metal at Artisan's Asylum. It does not include the cost of materials.
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Event Details

Coffee Table


In this class, students will learn how to build their own coffee or end tables using a wooden top and a sheet metal base.  Students will alternate between the wood shops and metal shops, learning wood joinery, sanding, finishing and staining techniques, along with metal shearing, fitting, welding, and finishing.  This class is for all skill levels.

Class Goals:End Table & Coffee Table

  1. Introduce students to wood joinery.
  2. Learn about wood finishing and finish selection.
  3. Learn about basic MIG welding
  4. Learn about basic sheared sheet metal fabrication.
  5. Learn about finishing steel with wax. 
Each student will leave the course with a completed, sophisticated, handmade coffee- or end-table!


None: the class is appropriate for a range of skill levels.


All tools will be provided. Personal protective equipment (safety glasses, gloves, welding masks, jackets, dust masks, etc) are available in the metalworking and woodworking shops at the Artisan’s Asylum.

It is highly recommended to bring your own gloves for welding or brazing, as the selection in the shop can be limited and glove preferences vary wildly.

Construction materials will be available as a $125 kit of parts, purchaseable directly from the instructors on the first day of class.

Instructor Biography:

Paul Carson

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 
Peter Montague
fixture and manufacturing process design skills he learned working as a manufacturing engineer. Now, when not working the 9-5 grind, he teaches bicycle building and metalworking at Artisan's Asylum.

Prior to attending the North Bennett Street School for carpentry, Peter Montague worked at Joe VanBenton Furniture Makers in Brookline as the chief finisher.  After attending N.B.S.S. and spending some "off the grid" time in New York State, he studied timber framing in northern Maine.  The last ten years have been spent working for a local finish carpentry firm where he was able to work in some of the area's most beautiful homes.  He is now running his own company focusing on restoration, and managing the Artisan's Asylum woodshop.  He dabbles in stained and leaded glass, custom doors, landscape structures, furniture and painting.


Event Time:

Session 1:  METALSHOP Intros, Shearing -- Thursday, January 10, 7-9:30PM

Session 2:  METALSHOP MIG Welding -- Thursday, January 17, 7-9:30PM

Session 3:  METALSHOP Finishing -- Thursday, January 24, 7-9:30PM

Session 4:  WOODSHOP Intros, Joining & Gluing -- Thursday, January 31, 7-9:30PM

Session 5:  WOODSHOP Sanding & Staining -- Thursday, February 7, 7-9:30PM

***No class February 14***

Session 6:  WOODSHOP Finishing -- Thursday, February 21, 7-9:30PM

(Depending on enrollment, for some students the sequence may be reversed, starting in the woodshop on January 10 and the metal shop on January 31.)

Have questions about Mixed Media Furniture: Wood + Metal JANUARY? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

When & Where

10 Tyler Street
Somerville, 02143

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:30 PM (EST)

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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.


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