If you already know what you want to build and how you want to build it, and you just want to learn how to use the tools you need safely or need a refresher, Tool Training sessions are for you! This training session is called Basic Woodworking Tools. It covers the following basic woodworking saws and tools, teaching correct use of the hand drill, reciprocating saw, circular saw, jig saw, panel saw, scroll saw, drill press, and belt sander.
If you already have training on this equipment and just need to be checked off to use it at the Asylum, sign up for one of our free testing sessions (info and link to appointment calendar available here). Testing is also required for those who have completed the training class, before they can use the equipment unsupervised.
(Please note that Tool Training classes do not provide significant practice with each tool, nor do they discuss any advanced techniques. To learn how to use the tools at anything other than an introductory level, please take a look at the long-form classes available on out Current Class Offerings page.)
By the end of the tool training session, students will be comfortable with the operation of the hand drill, reciprocating saw, circular saw, jig saw, panel saw, scroll saw, drill press, and belt sander.
After passing the proficiency test at one of the scheduled times (info and link to appointment calendar available here), they will be able to use all of the tools in this group as a member in our workspace.
No previous experience required. Students must be at least 18 years of age.
All practice materials will be provided by Artisan's Asylum.
What to Bring/Wear:
Students should wear shop appropriate clothes - closed-toe shoes, no dangly jewelry or straps, and long hair should be tied back.
Training is generally available most Sundays,10:30am-1:30pm. Please see the ticket types above for the dates and times currently available.
Josh Beckmann owns Somerville Made, a small design and fabrication shop in Union Square Somerville. His work often incorporates welded steel and computer controlled cutting. He also teaches wood working to children at a local arts center.
Teaching August 3 & 24
Carolyn Emberley has a BFA in Studio Art from UMass Amherst, taught in the Student Union Craft Center for most of her time there, and took woodworking classes in the art department. Carolyn has been observing and building in her Dad's workshop since before she can remember. Her personal projects tend to range from jewlery stands to boxes to small furniture, and has helped frame, drywall, trim, paint, etc. many a structure, including her parents' home improvement projects, the construction of an addition to a family summer cottage, volunteering on several Habitat for Humanity sites, and supervising and teaching 14-18 year olds in week-long trips rebuilding houses in the Gulf Coast for three summers post-Hurricane Katrina. Teaching a 15 year old girl to cut and hang crown molding and seeing her amazement and the homeowner's gratiture in her results has been one of her most rewarding teaching experiences.
Teaching August 10 & 17
REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.
CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.
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.