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This class will explore how to make large scale 3D shapes through inexpensive (but durable) plastic EMT tubing and Tyvek (plastic) fabric. Fundamentals can be extended to more expensive alternative materials such as ripstop Nylon, steel sheet, etc. A great way to learn pattern "mock-up" and assembly, with tent engineering thrown in. The instructor will attempt a $50 (all inclusive) structure with passive solar tent panels and insulation that can raise interior temps 40 degrees F from ambient in the sun.
Students will learn how to make patterns for fabric structures and get experience assembling them.The class will design and build a tent.
There will be a small materials fee payable to the instructor.
Instructor Biography: Hilljack (Randall Bird)
I make everything, mostly from scratch. Moonshine, Biodiesel, Alternate-Fuel Vehicles ( I own 22 cars... in various stages of completion), Gravity Soapbox Karts, Boats, Things that Fly, -just about everything! The most important thing I make- A Difference. I have combined a lifelong obsession with ecology, recycle and re-use with a penchant for building my own tools and machines and teaching these passions to others. I am interested in Making the Impossible Possible. I love an Underdog Project or a Doomed Expedition. I am a master Sheet Metalsmith, a Mold Maker, a Welder, Tinkerer, Mechanic, Fabricator, Problem Solver and Dreamer.
Session 1: 12/04/2010, 11 AM - 2 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA
Session 2: 12/11/2010, 11 AM - 2 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA
Session 3: 12/18/2010, 11 AM - 2 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:
* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.
* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.
* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility.
* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.
* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship.