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Welcome to the Course Catalog. The goal is to list all of the courses offered so you know what trouble you can get yourself into! Shop Captains will fill classes as needed or created.

If there any questions regarding class availability or opportunity for private classes, please use Slack and go to the particular Shop Channel and place your inquiry there! Thank you!


Course Description Format[edit]

Below is the suggested format for the course descriptions. Copy and paste and fill in the blanks!

Course Title

Course Number:

Course Description:


Prerequisites:

Fees:

Course Availability:



Blacksmithing[edit]

Blacksmith Safety Certification/ Intro to Blacksmithing

Course Number: Blacksmithing 100

Course Description:

This is THE class you need to take to be checked out for using the Blacksmith Shop! This class is a requirement for all future blacksmith classes. We will cover all the basic safety requirements that you will need to work and practice in the Blacksmithing Studio. In addition, at the end of class, we will do some basic blacksmithing techniques, so while you may not know a whole lot, you will have enough info to get into the studio and start practicing!
Payment in advance holds your position in the class. Payments will be accepted the day of class BEFORE it starts if there are slots still available, please bring your receipt. Your position in the class is not guaranteed unless paid in advance.
If there are poor weather conditions (ie: freezing, ice, snow....) this class may be postponed. Please contact the Shop Captain/ Host, Kamber Sokulsky, if there are any questions.
The follow up to this class is Blacksmithing 101. While the 101 class is not mandatory for using the studio, it is the first of a series of classes that will be offered that teaching the basic fundamental journeyman blacksmithing techniques. If you are considering Knife Making classes, Design classes or any other exciting upcoming Blacksmithing Classes, it is strongly recommended you consider the 101 Class after the Blacksmithing Safety Intro Class to gain and practice your fundamental skills. This class is taught separately from the Blacksmithing Safety/ Intro Class. If interested, please ask if you do not see it on the calendar.
The Blacksmithing Safety/ Intro Class does NOT certify you for Welding, Oxy Acetelyn, or Basic Welding Hand Tools. Those are different classes and taught separately.
This class is open to anyone 13 or older. Anyone between 13 and 18 may attend and learn but your parent must be present for the entire class and anytime the teen is using the blacksmith shop.
Please note: This safety class is a requirement even if you already have some knowledge of smithing if you wish to use the smithy.
Be Sure to Wear Clothes Appropriate for Forging (ie: closed toe shoes, preferably not sneakers, all leather shoes or boots preferred)
  • Natural fabrics only for clothing. (think: jeans, cotton shirt, leather shoes)
  • If you can, bring gloves made of leather or welding gloves (some will be available)
This class will be taught by Kamber Sokulsky.


Prerequisites: None

Fees: $50 for members, $75 for non-member

Course Availability: Monthly on Saturday. See MeetUp for times or contact the Shop Captain in Slack.



Blacksmithing 101

Course Number: Blacksmithing 101

Course Description:

We are excited to offer Beginning Blacksmithing classes with the goal of you becoming an independent blacksmith with "journeyman" blacksmithing skills. This class is the first of a series of classes designed to teach you all the skills of becoming a Journeyman Blacksmith. It is a crucial step in learning more advanced techniques such as knife making, sword making, tool making and more advanced projects, many of these classes which will soon be offered through TinkerMill in 2019. This class will cover drawing and tapering, scrolling, riveting, hot splitting, all using traditional blacksmithing techniques. Our project will be a hand forged, wall mounted coat rack that uses all these elements.
This class will be taught by Kamber Sokulsky of eleMetal designs, a professional blacksmith with over twenty years of experience. It will be project based so that you make something to take home while learning a particular skill set. The idea is that, upon completion, the project you finish is worth the cost of the class itself (plus, now the knowledge you have on hand!) The cost of the steel is included in the price of the class.
Please note: The "Blacksmithing Safety Class/ Intro to Blacksmithing" is a requirement and needs to be taken first. See the calendar for these scheduled classes or speak directly with the Instructor. The Blacksmithing Safety Class is taught separately. While the Safety Class does allow you to use the Blacksmithing Studio and the equipment, it does not give you the skills you need to succeed at this craft.
Children under age 13 may not participate. Anyone between 13 and 18 may attend and learn but your parent must be present for the entire class and anytime the teen is using the blacksmith shop.
Paying in advance holds your position in the class. If slots are still available you may pay the day of class, however, you may risk losing your slot to prepaid members. Classes are limited to only four students and do fill quickly. Paying before the class is strongly encouraged.
If there are poor weather conditions (freezing, ice, snow) this class may need to be rescheduled. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Host/ Shop Captain, Kamber Sokulsky.
While some members do finish their projects in class, many find it is better for them to take their time and finish in the studio beyond the class. To support this, if you do not finish your project in class, I arrange additional opportunities to meet with either myself or my apprentice to coach you through the completion of your project as well as participation in Open Studio. These opportunities are at no additional charge (beyond a small donation for fuel costs).
Blacksmithing is a lot of work, but also a lot of serious fun! You do NOT need a lot of upper body strength like you always see with the blacksmiths in the movies! I will teach you the skills to show you how to work efficiently and creatively at the anvil. So please don't let those Hollywood blacksmiths discourage you! Come down and see what all the fuss is about if you are not sure. We hope to see you in class! Happy hammering!

Prerequisites: Blacksmithing 100

Fees: $150 for members, $180 for non-members

Course Availability: Monthly Saturdays, see MeetUp for times or contact Shop Captain in Slack.



Electronics[edit]

Soldering 101 - Electrical & Mechanical

Course Number: Electronics 101

Course Description:

Hands on soldering class for electronics, electrical, and mechanical. Expect to dedicate 2½ to 3 hours in this small lab class.
Please Read this detail with links if you're signing up for this class.
This class will cover the use of bench soldering stations; hand held pencil irons of various brands and sizes.
In addition to soldering components on boards, you will learn about making wire and cable connections that are mechanically sound and electrically conductive.
We'll also cover de-soldering with vacuum and wire wick methods.
Some amount of hand tool familiarity is expected. In this class you will deal with a variety of small pliers and cutters. Expect to use new tools - the semi-automatic wire strippers always find a new audience.
Please view and read the Class Curriculum (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Gz5O6JCMo_zHo34V14Jtbyn2FRjMPvXDF-DbEHuyoDU/edit?usp=sharing) and watch this Tip Change Video (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8wmW3hJe4leOEh4clBTQ1MzWVk/view?usp=sharing) for the micro soldering station.
Bring your "other glasses". Be prepared to work closely, where your bi-focals will not be helpful at all. If you have reading glasses, bring them.
If you have a project that you're needing soldering skills for, bring it along. If you have an iron that you would like to use at home, it might be a good idea to bring that along as well.
To learn about the benefits of membership. Visit TinkerMill (http://www.tinkermill.org/)
All students must RSVP as space is limited to FOUR SEATS. One seat can include a parent and child for a single fee.
Safety Notes: If you don't wear glasses, consider safety glasses; and/or safety glasses over prescription eye-wear. Plastic lens can be permanently marred by solder splatter.
There are bench fans to evacuate smoke from burning flux.
Here is the lead warning. Don't eat the solder and wash your hands after class.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this class.

Fees: $15.00 for members, $25 for non-members, plus a materials fee of $10 for circuit board project

Course Availability: Every week on Wednesday




Electricity Made Fun

Course Number: Electronics 102

Course Description:

Expect to have a fun class with easy to understand instructor.
We will start with the very basics and work up to components, power supplies and schematic reading,
New Subjects every class. Just show up and enjoy.
Open fun conversations, and whiteboard or projector drawings.
Later on we will build a circuit board that incorporates all you learned, you keep it.

Prerequisites: None

Fees: None

Course Availability: Odd Numbered Wednesdays - see MeetUp Calendar for times.



The Art of Electronics: Finish a Project or Kick-off a New Idea

Course Number: Electronics 103

Course Description:

If you’re unfamiliar with the e-benches at TinkerMill and have an active project, this is a good time to orient yourself to where things are. Talk with shop captains about resources and use of test equipment.
You may need to calibrate a finished project and have never used a signal generator and an oscilloscope. You don’t need to be an expert, but can learn basic use.
We consider this recurring staff attended bench time to be Open Lab Hours. Senior engineers are invited to help ideas become inventions.
TinkerMill members interested in available test gear can look at the TM WiKi while logged into their TM account (in an open tab). http://wiki.tinkermill.org/index.php/Electronics and see a variety of manuals.
Non-members will not be able to view these resources, For more information about the benefits of being a TinkerMill member, visit us here -> http://www.tinkermill.org/

Prerequisites: None

Fees: A $1 donation requested. If you wish to bring guests, all of you should sign up separately. The electronics area only has room for 8 participants.

Course Availability: Repeats Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm. An RSVP is a kind gesture.



Arduino Projects in an Afternoon

Course Description:

Arduino Projects in an Afternoon

BE SURE TO BRING YOUR LAPTOP

Interested in Arduinos? Love Arduinos? Not sure what an Arduino is, but want to see what the buzz is all about? Want to go the next step but need guided help? This workshop is for you.

Don't have an Arduino? Don't worry. We've got you covered. Arduinos and all additional shields are available but, BE SURE TO BRING YOUR LAPTOP!

The first hour is for those who have no experience with Arduinos and want to get started. I walk you thru what an Arduino is, how to download and install the IDE, how to write a simple sketch and get your computer talking to your Arduino. BRING YOUR COMPUTER WITH YOU! This hour repeats each month.

The second hour is to work on a short project. We'll pick a different focus each month. Here is the schedule of projects:

We provide all the stuff you will need, BUT YOU MUST BRING YOUR LAPTOP.

Come join us the first Saturday of the Month for a 2-hour Arduino workshop.

This workshop repeats once a month. It is limited to 6 participants.

Drop a note to eric@ericbogatin.com if you have a suggestion for a future topic.

It is free to members, $5 donation requested from non-members. If you wish to bring guests, all of you should sign up separately. The room only comfortably holds 6 participants, total. Everyone participates!

Suitable for kids of all ages above 13.

ESS/Internet of Things (IoT)[edit]

Foundry[edit]

Foundry safety and introduction

Course Description: Learn the safe operation of the foundry, and basic mold-making techniques. Bring a small item to mold.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this class.

Fees: $50.00

Course Availability: Approximately once per month

Glasswork[edit]

Glass Bay - Torch Work Certification 1

Course Number: Glass 101

Course Description:

Come learn the art of Flameworking!
This is the 1st part of a 2 part series to get you certified to use the tools in the Glass bay and have you making fun and beautiful glass creations in no time.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this class.

Fees: $15.00

Course Availability: Every week on Monday- see MeetUp Calendar for times



Glass Bay - Torch Work Certification 2

Course Number: Glass 102

Course Description:

Come learn the art of Flameworking!
This is the 2nd in our 2 part series to get you certified to use the tools in the Glass bay and have you making fun and beautiful glass creations in no time.


Prerequisite(s): Glass 101

Fees: $15.00

Course Availability: Every week on Monday- see MeetUp Calendar for times



Ham Radio[edit]

Jewelry and Metal Craft[edit]

Jewelry_and_Metal_Craft_Certifications

Lampworking[edit]

Lapidary[edit]

Machine Shop[edit]

Photography[edit]

Black and White Film Developing

Course Number: Photography 201

Course Description:

This is a hands-on workshop on developing black and white film. We're using Ilford 35mm HP5 black and white film. Film can be purchased at Mike's Camera or Amazon. This class is for anyone interested in shooting film (analog) and making prints (digital). Please bring one roll of exposed film to develop.


Prerequisites: None

Fees: $35 for members, $45 for non-members

Course Availability: See MeetUp for times or contact the Shop Captain in Slack.



Pottery/Ceramics[edit]

Rapid Prototyping[edit]

Intro to TinkerMill's 3D Printers

Course Number: Rapid Prototyping 101

Course Description:

In this intro class you will learn the basics of using TinkerMill's Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers. We will begin by covering the basics of operating the FlashForge 3D Printers and Simplify 3D software. We will then move on to setup of the printer which includes changing filament, preheating, and finally starting a print. After that we will explore basic equipment maintenance that you may need to do before starting a print.
Learning how to 3D print objects is surprisingly easy and empowering. You can 3D print replacement parts, design your own toys or tools, or use it for art. You can even 3D print flyable rockets!

Prerequisites: None

Fees: $20 for members, $25 for non-members

Course Availability: Weekly on Fridays. See MeetUp for times.




Advanced Printing: Form 2 SLA Printer Class.

Course Number: Rapid Prototyping 201

Course Description:

In this class I will teach you how to use Tinkermill's SLA 3D printer, the Form 2. The Form 2 is a resin based printer that can achieve a resolution of 0.025 mm and print even clear objects.
Non members may be trained but can not use the machine until you become a member. So you are encouraged to join!
Training for this printer requires 3 consumables from the Form 2 website:
  • A resin of your choice.
  • Build Platform.
  • Resin Tank.
You can buy your materials from here.
https://formlabs.com/store/us/form-2/buy-materials/
If you don't have the materials the day of the class come to the next class which is taught on a weekly bases. Please do not RSVP if you do not have the materials in hand.
This class will be a One on One class which will take 3-4 hours. In the class I will teach you how to setup the printer with your resin, how to upload and use the software, and the post processes of your part and cleaning. We will print a part which will take an hour and we will take a break while the part prints.


Prerequisites: Purchase of materials listed above. No Course prerequisites.

Fees: $100 for members, $200 for non-members + cost of materials.

Course Availability: Weekly on Mondays. See MeetUp for times.



Recording Studio[edit]

Robotics[edit]

Sculpture[edit]

Stained Glass[edit]

Textiles[edit]

Welding[edit]

Woodworking[edit]

Wood Shop Introduction

Course Number: Wood shop 101

Course Description:

Get oriented with the wood shop, and get checked out with five common tools:
  1. Drill press
  2. Compound miter saw
  3. Band saw
  4. Belt sander
  5. Panel saw
We will also discuss the dust collector, and shop safety and procedures.
Class notes can be found on the wiki: Wood_Shop_Introduction_and_Safety_Class


Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this class.

Fees: $30.00 for members, $50.00 for non members.

Course Availability: Roughly every two weeks - see MeetUp Calendar for times



Wood Shop Supreme

Course Number: Woods 201

Course Description:

During this class we will build a picture frame using some of the more advance tools.
Taking a standard stock piece of hardwood, we will use the joiner to obtain a flat side, the plainer to get a defined thickness, the router to obtain a wood profile and the drum sander to obtain a smooth finish. The goal of the class is to create a profiled board from which to create a picture frame.
Please watch these videos and read the articles linked in this handout before the class to gain the basics of these tools. During the class we will go over some the tips and tricks for our tools and get hands-on experience.
Class Pre-assignment
Jointer
http://www.finewoodworking.com/2009/04/01/safety-manual-jointer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-POSWZvjIQ&feature=youtu.be
Router
https://www.wwgoa.com/article/12-tips-for-using-a-router-safely/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jamwRhQTJbA&feature=youtu.be
Optional Additional Router Information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vl8Jbw3cSk
Drum Sander
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi7woLeE2CU&t=108s
Planer
http://www.finewoodworking.com/2009/04/01/safety-manual-benchtop-planer
https://youtu.be/vxyQJCMLCsI
Optional Additional Planer Information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0AL3GdKfxw&feature=youtu.be
Class Notes (optional review before class) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s3g87ajDWDsLbJLqekXnJmbWm0Ahz7vJNrfRPs4EJQY/edit?usp=sharing


Prerequisite(s): None

Fees: $30.00 for members, $50.00 for non members.

Course Availability: Roughly every two weeks - see MeetUp Calendar for times or contact the Shop Captain in Slack



SawStop Introduction

Course Description:

Introduction to the SawStop

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this class.

Fees: $30.00 for members, $50.00 for non members.

Course Availability: Roughly once per month - see MeetUp Calendar for times


Lathe Introduction

Course Description:

Introduction to the lathe

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this class.

Fees: $30.00 for members, $50.00 for non members.

Course Availability: Will be offered soon, once the new lathe is set up