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Ashley Zdeb
Sep 14 2022 - 6:00pm
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VCarve Pro is a powerful but intuitive software for creating and cutting parts on a CNC Router.  VCarve Pro gives you the power to produce complex 2D patterns with profile, pocket, drill and inlay toolpaths, plus gives you the ability to create designs with v-carving textures as well as import and machine unlimited Vectric 3D clipart or single model files. 

Ashley Zdeb
Aug 25 2022 - 6:30pm
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Learn the basics of soldering by building a color changing light for your bike spoke. Participants will be given a circuit board and walked through the process of soldering through-hole (bigger and easy to solder) components to that board.

During the activity we will discuss each component and their role in making the device function.

Each participant will leave with one finished bike light board. The bike light color can be customized by configuring switches on the board or using a tilt switch to make the color dependent on the device orientation.

Ashley Zdeb
Aug 30 2022 - 6:30pm
Open Public
Partner Hosted

In another creative reuse Design Challege, we will be suspending found objects to make mobiles and wind chimes. Materials provided by EcoWorks Creative Reuse. Connecticut's only creative reuse center.

Ashley Zdeb
Aug 10 2022 - 6:00pm
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Learn to make a two-part mold in Intro to Mold-Making!

During this three-session workshop, you will learn to make a silicone mold, perfect for creating replicas made of plaster, silicone, plastic, and a myriad of other castable materials. You will also learn about different types of mold-making and the far reaching possibilities of working with silicone.

Ashley Zdeb
Open Public
Registration Requested

Join fellow woodworkers for a casual Monday night meet-up.

Sharpening party! Bring in your knives, your chisels, or your straight edge as we talk sharpening theory, make a sharpening block, and practice. This is a learning together and skillshare type of event, where we will look to share tips and tricks as we all hone our skills. 

All experience levels welcome and invited. Jen will be onsite to facilitate the conversation, oversee tool use and give tips.

Open to the public, all skill levels welcome. (Standard tool & machine membership use applies.)

Ashley Zdeb
Aug 20 2022 - 11:00am
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In this workshop, students will be introduced to the process of creating silkscreened images on polymer clay as well as basic earring design and assembly. During the workshop each student will be able to complete 2 pairs of earrings and, potentially, several components to assemble at home. We'll cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to types of polymer clay and paint compatibility
  • Best paints to use
  • Silkscreen care and usage
  • Design possibilities for earrings
  • Two possible ways to assemble earrings
Ashley Zdeb
Aug 16 2022 - 6:30pm
Open Public
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Induction heating is a non-contact process which uses the principle of electromagnetic induction to produce heat in a workpiece. By placing a conductive material into a strong alternating magnetic field, electric current is made to flow in the material, thereby causing Joule heating. In magnetic materials, further heat is generated below the Curie point due to hysteresis losses.

Using the induction forge, basic hammer techniques, and hand tools, students will cut, twist, taper, bend and smash steel into either a wizard wand or a BBQ fork of their own design.

Ashley Zdeb
Open Public
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Hands on learning of the fundamentals of safe and practical use of a Metal Lathe.

Students who successfully compete this class will earn the Metal Lathe badge, allowing ongoing use for members. No previous experience required.

The Learning Objectives are as follows:

Ashley Zdeb
Open Public
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Learn to make your own knife in this 2-day workshop with MakeHaven facilitator Darryl. 
The plan is to make a Japanese style Chefs knife, which is a very wide array of shapes, but to be more specific, we will make a ~6-8" Chefs knife in one of three styles. (Gyuto, Santoku, Kiritsuke). All materials included.

Must Bring
  • Closed toe shoes (they will get sparks and metal flakes on it)

  • Long Pants (Not synthetics, they will melt, Jeans or working pants are great, just nothing tight fitting against the legs. )

Ashley Zdeb
Open Public
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Do you have too many vegetables? Would you like to learn how to easily turn them into hot sauces, sauerkraut, pickles? Do you dream of controlling an army of microbes and bacteria? Well then you're in luck!