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COVID Update (6/29/20): WE ARE REOPENING FOR GROUP CLASSES STARTING JULY 17. We are currently open for private lessons and commissions. Open shop is scheduled to restart on Sept 1.



Requirements for all classes: We can teach about anyone to weld, but you have to be at least 14 for group classes, not have a pacemaker (except for oxyacetylene), and it really helps if you can see decently in the dark (for instance, you don’t have trouble night driving).  You should also not be squeamish around power tools and sparks.  Students under 14-17 must bring a participating parent or guardian to group classes (and sign up for two spots).

Clothing for all classes: You will be required to wear long sleeves and long pants, both made of 100% cotton or wool, and all leather or canvas shoes (Vans, Converse, work boots, cowboy boots all good; ballet flats, clogs, running shoes, all bad).  No synthetic melty stuff.  Please bring reading glasses and something to tie your hair back if you need either.

Refund/Rescheduling policy here.

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Intro/Fundamental Classes
Sculpture Classes
Furniture/Design Classes
Advanced or Technical Classes
Family Classes


Intro/Foundation


Intro MIG: One Day Welding

 

Intro MIG: One Day Welding

(6 hr Intro Class) Our main intro class for learning how to weld, grind, and finish your projects. Prereq for open shop and many intermediate classes. 

Class Details: Class runs on Sundays and most Wednesdays from 9am-3pm, with a break for lunch. Serves Instruction fee is $90, shop and materials fee is $110 (total $200). Bring a friend deal: sign up with a friend/coworker/nemesis and get $20 off each person’s registration.

Requirements:  There are no prerequisites for this class. 14 & up (minors must sign up with participating adult)



Welding Taster Class

 

Welding Taster Class

(3 hr Intro Class) Superfun, hands-on class making a bunch of sparks and a cowbell. Great way to start that’s more fun than technical nitty-gritty.

Class Details: Class is usually Friday nights, 7-10pm.  Instruction fee is $45, materials and shop fee is $50 (total $95). Bring a friend special: sign up together for $170 ($85/e).

Requirements:  There are no prerequisites for this class. 14 & up (minors must sign up with participating adult). “gOtta HAve more COWbell.”



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Intro TIG

(6 hr Intro Class) TIG welding is for when you need it pretty or precise. Or for Aluminum and Stainless.

Class Details: Class is usually Friday nights, 4-10pm.  Instruction fee is $120, materials and shop fee is $145 (total $265). 

Requirements:  There are no prerequisites for this class, but usually MIG is recommended first. 14 & up (minors must sign up with participating adult). 



Homeowner Bootcamp

 

Homeowner Bootcamp

(6 x 3 hr Intro Class Series) Learn to DIY common household repairs whether drywall, plumbing, electrical or more.

Class Details: Six session class, about 2.5hrs each. Instruction fee is $180, materials and shop fee is $170 (total $350).  Class offered 2x per year, usually around March and September.

Requirements:  There are no prerequisites for this class. 14 & up (minors must sign up with participating adult). 



Intro to Electronics

 

Intro to Electronics and Motors

(6 x 3 hr Intro/Intermediate Class Series) Learn to start using electronics, motors, solenoids, and pneumatics to start animating your own projects. Only as technical as you want.

Class Details: Six session class, . Instruction fee is $180, materials and shop fee is $195 (total $375).  Class offered 2x per year, usually around June and November.

Requirements:  There are no prerequisites for this class. 14 & up (minors must sign up with participating adult). 



Art / Sculpture



 

Make Sculpture: Torch Welding

(6 x 3 hr Intro Class Series) Learn to use the oxyacetylene flame torch to bend, weld, braze, and cut while making a sculpture of your own design.

Class Details: Class is usually 3hrs per week over six weeks, but sometimes offered as 5 classes Mon-Fri.  Instruction fee is $180, materials and shop fee is $295 (total $475).  New classes start approximately every six weeks.

Requirements:  There are no prerequisites for this class. 14 & up (minors must sign up with participating adult). 



Moving Sculpture

 

Moving Sculpture 

(6 x 3 hr Intro Class Series) Learn to weld five different kits using different mechanisms for making  things move! Super fun and almost useful!

Class Details: Six session class, . Instruction fee is $180, materials and shop fee is $280 (total $460).  Class offered 2x per year, usually around March and October.

Requirements:  There are no prerequisites for this class. 14 & up (minors must sign up with participating adult). 



Sculpture Intensive

 

Sculpture Intensive

(5 x 8hr Intermediate Class Series) A full week of full shop access, dedicated to making a sculpture of your own design with five other dedicated folk.

Class Details: Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm. Instruction fee is $400, materials and shop fee is $520 (total $920).  Materials budgeted at $80/project with students responsible for overages.  Class offered the week after the 4th of July (7/6-10, 2020).

Requirements:  Intro MIG Required, 18 or older (or instructor permission)

Modern Mobiles

 

Modern Mobiles

(6 x 3 hr Intro Class Series) Build three different mobiles in this super-fun sculpture class inspired by Alexander Calder.

Class Details: Six session class, . Instruction fee is $180, materials and shop fee is $270 (total $450).  Class offered 3x per year, usually around Feb, June, and September.

Requirements:  There are no prerequisites for this class. 14 & up (minors must sign up with participating adult). 



 

Quick Skills: Found Metals and Mixed Media

(3 hr Intro) Learn to identify metals and how to join them using cold connections: rivets, glues, tap and die, self-tappers, and sex-bolts (tee-hee)

Class Details: 3-hr class. Mostly demo, but some hands-on.  Instruction fee is $60, materials and shop fee is $15 (total $75)

Requirements:  There are no prerequisites for this class. 14 & up (minors must sign up with participating adult). 



Patinas Class

 

Quick Skills: Patinas and Metal Finishing

(3 hr Intro) Learn to make beautiful finishes on steel and faux finishes on everything else.

Class Details: 2.5 – 3-hr class. Pretty much all demo. Instruction fee is $50.

Requirements:  There are no prerequisites for this class. 14 & up (minors must sign up with participating adult). 



Furniture / Design



Wood Metal Combo Classes

 

Wood Metal Combo Classes

(3-6hr Intro) Partnering with our neighbors Community Woodshop, come learn to make one of eight different beautiful pieces combining wood and metal.

Class Details: Most classes are 3hrs woodshop, 3hrs metal shop, but see the more info button for the full list and upcoming schedule. 

Requirements:  No experience required. 18 or older or instructor permission.



Make Furniture

 

Intermediate MIG: Make Furniture

(6 x 3 hr Intermediate) This is the class where we help you build a furniture piece of your own design custom to your space: bookshelf, desk, welding table….

Class Details: 6 x 3-hr class.  Instruction fee is $360, consumables and shop fee is $65 (total $425). Does not include price of materials for personal project (so you can build small or big).  Offered about every six weeks.

Requirements: Intro MIG is required to cover welding, grinding, and safety. 14 & up (minors must sign up with participating adult). 



Gate Design

 

Quick Skills: Gate Design 

(3 hr Intermediate) Learn the laws of LA and then how to design, build, and install a gate to beautify your home or yard.

Class Details: 3-hr class. Mostly demo, but some hands-on.  Instruction fee is $60, materials and shop fee is $15 (total $75). Offered 2x per year (March & Oct).

Requirements:  There are no prerequisites for this class, but Intro MIG is recommended to cover welding technique if you want to actually build your own. 14 & up (minors must sign up with participating adult). 



 

Quick Skills: Tube Forming 

(3 hr Intermediate) Quick class to teach you to bend and roll tube whether you want to build patio furniture or a roll cage.

Class Details: 3-hr class, mostly hands-on.  Instruction fee is $60, materials and shop fee is $15 (total $75). Offered 3x per year (March, Aug, Nov).

Requirements:  Intro MIG is required to cover welding, grinding, and safety. 14 & up (minors must sign up with participating adult). 



Sketchup

 

Sketchup for Furniture Design 

(3 hr Intro) Sketchup is by far the fastest, easiest, and free-est way to get designing in 3D. Perfect for layout or getting your design approved by your client or spouse.

Class Details: 3-hr class. Instruction fee is $60. Offered 2-3x per year (spring, summer, fall)

Requirements:  Must bring a laptop with sketchup already installed. 3 button mouse is HIGHLY recommended ($6.99 on amazon)

Sheet Metal

 

Quick Skills: Sheet Metal 

(3 hr Intermediate) Learn to work with sheet metal in this quick 3-hr class covering cutting, bending, curving, and more.

Class Details: 3-hr class. Instruction fee is $60, materials fee is $10 (total $70). Offered 3x per year.

Requirements:  Intro MIG is suggested, but not required.  We will mostly be cutting and bending, but not welding. Ages 18 and up (or instructor permission).

Firepits

 

Firepits 

(3 hr Intermediate) Build your own backyard firepit in this quick 3-hr class. Three great designs to choose from 

Class Details: 3-hr class, plus additional open shop time for customization. See designs on sign up page. Instruction fee is $90, materials fee is $170 (total $260). Add $40 if you want to make it from 3/16″ steel. Offered fall and spring.

Requirements:  Intro MIG is required. Ages 18 and up (or instructor permission).


Advanced / Technical


Advanced MIG

 

Advanced MIG

(3 x 3 hr Intermediate/Advanced) Learn to work with thin steel, thick steel, aluminum, and more as we dial your mig skills up to 11.

Class Details: 3 x 3-hr class. Instruction fee is $180, consumables and shop fee is $75 (total $255).  Offered every 3 months or so.

Requirements:  Intro MIG is required but Intermediate MIG IS NOT REQUIRED. 18 or older or instructor permission. Due to the high heat and welding positions involved in this class, students are required to wear head cover (baseball hat or bandana will work) and thick sleeves (flannel and up will work). Helmets, gloves and heat shields will be provided.

Advanced TIG

 

Advanced TIG

(4 x 3 hr Advanced) Learn to TIG weld on much thinner steel sheet, tube, and then aluminum sheet and tube en route to dropping dimes all over the place.

Class Details: 4 x 3-hr class. Instruction fee is $240, consumables and shop fee is $170(total $410).  Offered fall and spring. No more stainless to keep cost down.

Requirements:  Intro TIG is required.  18 or older (or instructor permission). 



 

Bicycle Framebuilding

(6 x 3 hr Advanced) Design and build your own custom steel, lugged bicycle frame. Not easy, but glory is forever.

Class Details: 6 x 3-hr class. Instruction fee is $200, consumables and shop fee is $340 (total $540).  Materials for frame not included in price of class (so you can keep it simple or get fancy, starts around $180 for all parts). Offered Spring and Fall with possible summer session.

Requirements:  No prerequisites for this class, but it does require the patience and ability to work with power tools, open flame, and the desire to do it right (don’t want a wonky frame that’ll fall apart).  18 or older.


Family Classes


Dinosaurs

 

Family Bonding with Dinosaurs!

(2-3 hr Intro) Come bring the family to try welding as you assemble a pre-cut T-rex out of steel and sparks.

Class Details: 2-3 hr class. $95 per parent/child pair. Or bring a second child ($110 for all three). All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Requirements:  12 and older (with participating adult). You don’t have to bring a kid though; I know the dinosaur is cool for adults too. No experience required. 



WeldingMeritBadge

 

BSA: Welding Merit Badge

(3 hr Intro) Complete the requirements for the BSA welding merit badge and learn about welding, careers for welders, and how much fun melting steel is. Oh, and some safety.

Class Details: 3-hr class. If you do your homework, you’ll leave with a signed blue card.  Offered at cost ($30), so no makeups, rescheduling, or refunds.  Max of 10 students. Offered about every 3 months.

Requirements:   14 OR OLDER.  See signup page for more requirements (like the homework).