- This workshops runs for three 2.5 hour sessions on 3/11, 3/18, and 3/25 from 1pm to 3:30pm.
- Students in this workshop will receive training and certification on our Full Spectrum Laser Cutter and Wood Planer.
A carpenter’s scraps are a jewelers gold in this 3 class workshop which teaches how to transform a discarded piece of wood into fine jewelry using several tools, including the wood planer and laser cutter. Students will be guided through a specific design process which takes a simple (or complex) idea and moves it through a series of steps and areas in our shop including: 2D design for laser cutting using Inkscape, preparing wood with machine and hand tools in the woodshop, running cuts on the Full Spectrum laser, and finally wood treatment and jewelry assembly using hardware and hand tools. By the workshop’s end, each student can expect to leave with at least one set of custom made earrings and a bracelet. This workshop is intended for those new or just getting started with Inkscape, laser cutting, jewelry assembly, or very basic carpentry.
While the required wood scraps and jewelry hardware will be available, students are encouraged to seek out their own pieces of wood and purchase their preferred jewelry hardware at a local arts and crafts store. At a minimum, you will need the following hardware (see here for images):
- Earring base (x2): fish hook, kidney wire, or lever back
- Connectors: jump rings and/or double rings
- Clasps (for bracelet): magnetic, lobster, barrel, or spring ring
Wood: While we will focus on using cut wood scraps, students are welcome to purchase a fresh piece(s) of wood on their own. Ideally, a piece of wood for this workshop’s purpose can be around 3”Wx0.5”Hx24”L, though larger pieces can be cut down to size. Please note: we will not be shaping raw pieces of found wood, for example, a fallen tree branch.
About the Instructor:
Adam Zelny is a multimedia composer and educator in the fields of music, literature, video, 2D/3D design, and technology. After a ten year career in social services in the Worcester area, Adam got involved in youth education through Worcester Think Tank, where he teaches and develops hands-on project ideas in STE(a)M education. As a member and Education Director at Technocopia, Adam enjoys exploring how machine and hand tools, old and modern, can be used to learn, teach, and express artistry on many levels.