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Ashley Zdeb
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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!
Join Matt McGuirk, MakeHaven member and local fermentation enthusiast, for a 90-minute workshop on how to use lacto-fermentation to preserve foods. Participants will learn the basics of lacto-fermentation, food safety with ferments, and easy recipes. Everyone who joins will take home a mason jar and airlock for fermenting at home.

Ashley Zdeb
Oct 10 2022 - 2:00pm
Open Public
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A step by step tutorial of sketching and painting minimalistic watercolor animals. If you have ever wanted to learn in an in-person classroom setting how to draw a cute little animal such as a clever fox on a greeting card, you have come to the right place! 

Join Robbin from RDB Greetings to make your own artistically custom greeting cards!

No experience necessary, supplies will be provided. Participants will leave with their own paint kit and drawing pencils to continue the hobby. 

Ashley Zdeb
Open Public
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New to woodworking? Looking to make a custom, handmade piece to give as a gift or level up your own kitchen?

In this introductory class, Clancy & Akeera will take you through the steps of making  your very own cutting board, while showing you how to use a planer, table saw, chop saw, and sander. You'll then finish your cutting board with mineral oil. It’s a great opportunity for those looking to get started in the woodshop but who may feel initially intimidated or those who prefer directed learning.

Ashley Zdeb
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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Tufting is a process by which custom carpets can be made. The artist sketches a pattern on a cloth, then uses a tufting gun to inject the yarn into the cloth. During this session participants will learn hands-on how to tuft their own simple design. Each participant will be assigned the use of tufting gun and frame, all materials will be provided to create a rug approximately 20" x24". Over the two sessions participants will create a carpet of their own design which they can take home.

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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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
Open Public
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In this 1.5hr presentation and conversation, learn the basics of costume design, like fabric choices, color, texture, hand, primary source research, how to save money on your costume, and how to read a commercial pattern.

Sarah and Megan will discuss many aspects of costume design, building off decades of experience. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas, problems and questions, as the conversation will center on the types (theatre, cosplay, etc) of costuming people are interested in. Something to take notes on is also encouraged. 
 
Ashley Zdeb
Open Public
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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
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.