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WKS515: Intro to Scoring Paper for Origami Corrugations Using the Vinyl Cutter

Our resident artist, Darius B'Alexander, will demonstrate and instruct on the art of origami and paper folding. Using the CNC vinyl cutter as well many hands-on techniques, participants will learn how to fold, crease and cut pieces of paper into art. This workshop will also include a viewing of "Between the Folds," a wonderful and informative origami documentary. Paper materials will be provided.

Note: This is not a safety and basic use (SBU) class. If you have not taken and passed the Vinyl Cutter SBU, the instructor will operate the machinery for you.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Intro to Scoring Paper for Origami Corrugations Using the Vinyl Cutter Tuesday, 11/25/14 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS530SJ: Coffee 101: DIY Home Roasting

Who doesn't love a good cup of coffee first thing in the morning? If you're ready to take the next step to becoming a true coffee aficionado, then come learn the first steps to making coffee; roasting your own beans!

In this workshop attendees will learn the basics of coffee roasting using a simple method anyone can do at home. Various types of roasting machines and processes will be discussed, as well as differences in roast levels, bean varieties, and bean production processes.

This hands-on experience will teach you the fine art of brewing the perfect cup of coffee, as well as experience the sensory evaluation of a freshly roasted and brewed cup of coffee.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Coffee 101: DIY Home Roasting Friday, 12/5/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS531: Blade Sharpening Workshop: Flat Blades and Chisels

We all have them – those pocket or kitchen knives that just don't cut it any more.

Come and learn how you can bring a new edge back to your knives as well as your shop chisels! In this workshop, you will learn the basics of sharpening single and double bevel blades such as plane blades, chisels, and knives. We will also cover types of sharpening methods such as guides, jigs and freehand, and discuss grits and quality of blade sharpness as well as oil stones, water stones, honing and polishing compounds, and knife steels.

You will learn, hands on, how to sharpen a chisel, plane blade, or knife using stones and the "scary sharp" method.

Feel free to bring your own dull blade if you have one!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Blade Sharpening Workshop: Flat Blades and Chisels Tuesday, 11/25/14 3:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS519: Pewter Drop Casting Workshop

Since the 11th century, pewter has been cast into objects of utility and beauty. An alloy of tin and copper, pewter is relatively malleable, and its soft sheen provides an elegant contrast to the steel which surrounds us today.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn to make a mold and cast a small part using molten pewter. You will first create a plaster mold blank that can be carved using hand tools or any other carving instrument. Next, you will hand carve a simple part or design and will learn various other techniques such as using modeling clay or copying an existing piece. Finally, you will melt the pewter and make your casting to create a pendant, key fob, piece of jewelry, or small part.

Workshop length: 2 hours. Cost: $50 including materials fee.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Pewter Drop Casting Workshop Wednesday, 12/10/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.