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BARN will remain closed to members and the public until Kitsap County is approved for Phase 3 of reopening. Calendar will be updated as soon as we hear.
**This is the Online version of Open Studio**
Check out what's going on, talk shop and hang out via Zoom.
A trained monitor is present. Open Studio is, however, not like a class where instruction can be given.
Registration is mandatory. Free to all but please register. You will be sent an email to the email account you used to register with that has a link to join this Zoom online open studio.
Registration is mandatory. Free to all but register. You will be sent an email to the email account you used to register with that has a link to join this Zoom online open studio.
This class is being conducted as an online class via Zoom.
Get introduced to 3D printing in this one and a half hour session. You'll get to see BARN's printers and gain an understanding of how they work and what they can make.
You will see a computer file get readied for printing in a process called "slicing."
You'll see the different printers we have and learn about filament, the material 3D printers use to make prints. We'll start a print and you'll see the printer print.
3D printing has many uses, ranging from practical to fun, such as replacement parts, mold-making, medical models used in surgery, prototypes and more.
Bring your curiosity and questions. You can continue to use the 3D printers at Open Studio where a studio monitor or other member can help you.
**This workshop will be conducted via live streaming with Zoom.**
In this one-session class, Clare will explain the narrative structure behind her true animal stories and what makes a strong character and compelling plot. She will also touch on research techniques to provide rich details and description to deepen character and setting. Other areas Clare will cover include:
Clare Hodgson Meeker is the author of a dozen award-winning picture and chapter books for children, including the Smithsonian Notable Book Lootas Little Wave Eater: An Orphaned Sea Otter’s Story and the Junior Library Guild Selection Rhino Rescue! Her new book Growing Up Gorilla: How a Zoo Baby Brought Her Family Together was just named a 2020 Bank Street Book of the Year in the STEM category. Her website is www.claremeeker.com
Note: This class is being offered simultaneously online and in person at BARN. To register for the in person class, please click here.
Did you ever wonder how to get a really professional-looking finish on your woodworking project? In this hands-on class, you will learn about different types of wood stains and clear finishes. You will learn how to prepare the surface to help ensure an excellent finish, which stains and finishes work best on different types of solid wood and plywood, and which tools and techniques to use when applying stains and finishes by hand (ie, without spraying). You will also learn which products are compatible with one another — and which ones aren't.
Students participating in person at BARN will be able to experiment with numerous products on a sample board to take home and use for future reference. The class is four sessions to allow drying time while going through all of the steps, from preparing the surface to applying stain and finish, to rubbing out the finish.
Students who enroll for online participation will be able to ask questions, get the instructor's advice and learn from the experiences of the in-person students as they work on their sample boards. Online students who want to make sample boards can request a kit with wood and appropriate grits of sandpaper, but they will need to supply the stains and finishes they want to explore.
Any student who has a project that needs finishing is welcome to bring it or to share a picture of it during the class and to consult with the instructor on the best approach. (A later class will focus on refinishing — it is not the topic of this class.)
Feedback from an earlier class:
"With her professional background, Carol provides you with information that takes you beyond the easy way out of Minwax products at the big box store to the world of waterborne finishes vs alcohol-based or petroleum-based products. You get to see and work with a variety of wood species and grain patterns using penetrating and topical finish products and — what was most exciting — dyes. Most importantly you get the instructions in what not to do as well as what works for you. This is a level of information and hands-on trial that every serious woodwork needs to experience."
— Jeff Williams, former BARN woodshop lead
Instructor:Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi is a professional woodworker who specializes in restoration of antique furniture through her business, C-Saw, on Bainbridge Island. She also makes custom furniture, including the slab coffee table in the Commons at BARN.
Check out what's going on, talk shop and hang out.
Learn the basic features of VCarve Pro, a popular program used to make signs, engravings, intricate inlays and imported 3D shapes and models on computer-controlled routers. VCarve Pro is easier to learn than Fusion 360, the other 3D design program taught at BARN, and can be used for projects on both the large CNC router in the Woodworking Studio and the small CNC router in the ETA Lab.
This class focuses on how to use the program to design a project. You will learn how to create a CNC job, design vectors using basic shapes and basic text, edit and transform vectors, import 3D clipart and models, create tool definitions, create and manage toolpaths, and save g-code for machining on a CNC router. You will not run the router, but this class does qualify you for future studio-specific classes using CNC routers. If you want to go to the next step as quickly as possible, you may wish to register for Making Inlays Using VCarve Pro and the CNC Router, which will be offered the following week. In that class, you will design an inlay project in VCarve Pro and then cut it on the CNC router in the Woodworking Studio.
Please note: To take this class, you must have use of a laptop computer with a mouse and a working copy of VCarve Pro 10 already downloaded to that computer. Download a free trial at www.vectric.com. The software requires a PC or a MAC that has Windows installed. There is no time during the class to download the program. If you have questions or run into problems downloading the program, please email WoodClasses@bainbridgebarn.org to contact the instructor for help.
Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
Instructor: Al Ebken is a retired ocean engineer with many years of computer and computer-aided design experience. (In the picture, he's using the Woodworking Studio's CNC router to make parts for face shields to protect against coronavirus infection. Using VCarve Pro, he also made the hummingbird inlay shown in the top picture.)
This class is open to both beginning carvers and those who already have some carving experience. Each time BARN schedules this class, the carving projects are new.
The instructor will use a close-up camera and projector while demonstrating techniques so you will be able to see details without needing to be closer than social distancing rules require. You will also be able to use the camera to show the instructor closeups of your work so he can give detailed advice.
Instructor: As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff Iller learned about woodworking tools and knives early on. By high school, he was winning ribbons with his wood carvings at his hometown fair. Around 1996 Jeff found room for a shop and he has carved ever since. He’ll carve most anything, but prefers to innovate with the working tools to carve multiple parts inside one piece of wood and to make physically detailed and accurate carvings of women's faces. Carvings on the entry sign to the BARN Woodworking Studio shows the quality of his work.
Iller says he was taught early on that he could make anything from wood. He is still trying to prove that statement wrong.
Share your woodworking successes and challenges and learn what others in the BARN woodworker community are doing in a new series of online meetings.
Scheduled on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings of the month, these sessions will usually begin with a small bit of prepared content, such as pictures of projects that members want to show, or interviews with local pro woodworkers, or tours of home shops — whatever content members of the group suggest. After the prepared content, we’ll have a chance to touch base on areas of interest with each other. You can ask technical questions, share lessons you've learned, suggest classes you'd like to take.
If you have pictures to share or a topic to suggest, please email email@example.com.
Learn how to use hand tools skillfully in this three-week component of BARN's Beginning Woodworking series.
You will build a two-compartment tote, handy for storing or carrying silverware, garden tools or other items. The project was specifically designed to give you experience with the most common hand tools. You will learn to use:
Amy has been woodworking for more than 20 years, with a strong focus on hand tool use. She has studied at the Anderson Art School, Northwest School of Woodworking, and Port Townsend School of Woodworking. Her portfolio includes custom and commissioned furniture as well as decor pieces that combine hardwoods with metal, leather, and fiber.
Marvin is a retired Broadway and Touring Stagehand. Since moving to Poulsbo and joining the BARN, he is continuing the quest to transit from a Theatrical Carpenter into a Woodworker.
The class covers how to prep a design for cutting and engraving on the laser cutter as well as the set-up, settings and operation of the laser cutter.
Bring a laptop with Inkscape installed. It is optional but strongly recommended.
Inkscape is the free design software we use with the laser cutter. Click here to go to Inkscape.org where you can download it. There are versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. This is not strictly necessary, but will help you get the most out of this class.
Successful completion of this workshop is the first step toward becoming qualified for independent operation of the laser cutter. It also prepares you for more advanced laser cutting classes.
Instructor: Nathan Abell
Contact Doug Salot: ETA.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org
Learn to make bentwood rings using thin layers of wood called veneer. In this two-afternoon online class, you will complete one ring and wind up with the know-how and materials to make five to 10 more rings on your own.
You will pick up the process the next day, once the wood has fully dried in place overnight. During this second session, you will glue, sand, and then finish the ring with fast-curing cyanoacrylate (CA) glue, giving you a finished piece that is both lightweight and durable.
The materials fee covers veneers, glue, sanding materials and other disposables. You will be able to pick up your kit at BARN or we will mail or deliver it to you. We will email registrants to work out these details.
You will need to provide the following:
Kevin Kelly is always making things: building nonprofit databases in his day job, turning bowls on the lathe in the evenings, or building new things for around the yard on the weekend. He has been making bentwood rings since 2014, when he finally gave up on his poorly-fitting wedding ring in favor of a homemade one from walnut.
The Ham SIG (Special Interest Group) is open to newly licensed amateur radio operators (and OT/old timers alike), those who are interested in becoming hams and the radio curious.
Each month there will be a different radio-related topic. A presentation will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.
Topic TBD. Stay tuned.
Please read ETA studio specific safety protocols here.
Cost: Free to members and non-members
Organized by BARC (Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club)
Registration is mandatory for members and non-members. There are only 5 spots available per open studio to maintain safety protocols. Please read ETA's specific safety protocols here.
BARN-wide safety protocols can be found here.
Free for members (please register). Open to non-members. For non-members using the studio, there is a $20 drop-in fee to be paid at the time of registration.
Online version of this open studio to participate via Zoom can be found on our calendar. Registration is required for these online versions but is free to all. You must register to receive the Zoom link to join.
Join plant-based Chef Nancy Travis as we explore how plant-based foods are beneficial to the brain and may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
In this class, you will learn strategies for maintaining memory and improving brain function including how to prepare brain health-promoting meals.
As a health educator and personal chef, Nancy Travis supports people on their journey towards health and wellness through cooking, teaching and promoting a whole-foods, plant-based diet. She cooks for families in their homes and teaches people how to prepare easy, delicious plant-based recipes in private, public and corporate settings. She brings more than 25 years of experience in cooking plant-based meals and is honored to be a licensed instructor with the Food for Life program. She has taught cooking at BARN for the past three years. She can be reached through her website, Sukhikitchen.com.
In this three-session online class you'll get coaching from the instructor and also have a chance to learn from your peers.
We’ll be using a program called Scratch. This class is open to those unfamiliar with coding in Scratch, or those who are familiar with Scratch but want to join in the fun of crafting some games with others.
These are the games we'll be creating:
Clone Wars - Save the Earth from space monsters! You will learn how to make sprites move using keyboard input, how to clone sprites to make copies of them, and how to use ‘broadcast’ and ‘receive blocks’ to send messages.
CATS – In this game, you will guide cats to safety and keep them from falling into holes. You will learn how to use a forever loop to constantly generate moving cats, and how to use a repeat until loop to ensure cats follow a line.
Dodgeball - In this game, you have to dodge balls to get to the next level! You will learn how to use the keyboard to control a sprite, how to use the if, then, else Scratch block, and how to clone a sprite.
Here is what you will need to have for the class:
1.) A dependable internet connection.
2.) A computer or tablet able to run Scratch in one of the following browsers:
Desktop Compatible Browsers
Note: The onlne version of Scratch is preferred, but you may also use an offline version which is accessible here - requirements are Windows10+, Android 6/0+, macOS 10.13+, and ChromeOS. FAQ about Scratch are found here.
Opening a free Scratch account is optional but recommended since it allows you to save and revisit projects. You may set this up ahead of time on the Scratch website using the 'Join Scratch' link at the top of the page at scratch.mit.edu.
Merrill Keating is a high school sophomore who has been coding and involved in the national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum since kindergarten. Merrill is in leadership and on the mechanics sub-team for her school’s FIRST Robotics team, was on the mechanics and drive team for her Girls Generation Robotics team, is a youth mentor who has taught adults and kids to code at a nearby university for 5 years, and is in the National Honor Society.
She is also the founder and president of 5 chapters of a global United Nations leadership and advocacy movement for middle and high school girls where STEM for Social Good is a primary initiative.
Merrill attended Girl Up's global Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. last July and was invited to be a speaker who led an INSPIRE session about the importance of learning code and the CoderDojo movement. At the ages of 11 and 12, she published three books, which are being sold around the world on Amazon and other major online and retail bookstores.
She was the founder and Lead Organizer for TEDxYouth@BainbridgeIsland, an inaugural event that showcased youth leaders in action in February 2020. Merrill is also a member of BARN's Teen Advisory Council. A recent State Affiliate winner for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Award, she will attend the University of Washington this fall to study mechanical engineering and artificial intelligence (AI).
Moth holes in your favorite sweater, rip in a comfy pair of jeans, tore your jacket getting out of the car? Take these unfortunate mishaps and turn them into one-of-a-kind acts of creation. With sustainable fashion at the forefront of everyone’s minds right now, visible mending is one of the hottest trends in the fashion world. Why buy new, when you can fix up the old and make it a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art? Easy, inexpensive, and artistic at the same time, learn how to take your garments and home décor in need of some repairs and turn them into articles of clothing (or works of art) you’ll be proud to show off.
This is an on-line class, you will be guided by the Shibaguyz right from their own studios. They’ll use yarn, thread and fabric to walk you through the stitches and patches to turn those potential wardrobe malfunctions and home dec disasters into functional and stylish pieces again. By the end of class, you may even find yourself making visible mends just to embellish your favorite pieces!
On your own: We encourage you to practice these stitches between the two classes.
Kit provided by instructor:
Kits will be mailed to participants 5 days before the class. If you register for the class between July 16th and July 21st, the class liaison will contact you for kit pick-up.
Supplies Students Need to have on hand:
fabric marking pen
scissors or thread snips
yarn (or embroidery floss or size 8 perle cotton or all three!)
6” square pieces of denim cotton, and knit (jersey) fabric
Feel free to practice on any garments you have at home that need a little visible mending!
Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz,the inspired creators of Shibaguyz Designz studio.
The Shibaguyz’ award winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of dozens of domestic and international publications. Together, the Shibaguyz team currently has over 300 published patterns and 11 books credited to their name since their first design was featured on a magazine cover in 2010.
Their fashion and portrait photography work can be seen in four of their books. They are sought-after freelance book-packaging designers having created books for major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing. The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 30+ years. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues like STITCHES Events, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and DFW Fiber Fest. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Blueprint and Interweave.
Shannon and Jason are proud ambassadors for Aurifil, Clover, BERNINA, Soak Wash, and the Daylight Company. They are working on a new book with C&T Publishing. Look for it in December 2020.
Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures in sewing, stitching, and crafting… so long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.
Shannon and Jason's Social Media Links:
This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.
Learn to use the VCarve Pro software program to design and cut inlays on the Woodworking Studio's CNC router.
Each student will attend three of the seven sessions shown as class dates. For the first session, the full class will meet in the Electronics & Technical Arts lab to review VCarve Pro, discuss inlays, and start design.
The remaining sessions will be in the Woodworking Studio. The class will be divided into smaller groups to avoid too much waiting in line. The specific schedule will be finalized at the first class session.
At its second session, each group will review/finalize designs, learn safe operation of the CNC router, set up the projects, cut the materials (walnut and maple), and glue them up. At the third session, students will cut off excess inlay material and sand the inlays.
*This class will be conducted via live streaming.**
In March 2020, McNeel & Assoc. released the 6.0 version of their software Rhinoceros3D for Windows or Mac. This glitch free, 3D modeling software has been an industry standard for boat design, interior design, model making, furniture design, and jewelry design for 30 years.
This class, taught by a McNeel & Assoc. certified Rhino trainer, Gary Dawson, is a Level I Training for the Rhinoceros3D CAD application, suitable for beginning to intermediate users of Rhino 6. Students will learn to use the command pathways necessary to utilize this software in creating files for use with BARN’s 3D printers, laser cutter, lathes, and CnC routers.
Continuing additional classes in applying Rhino 3D files to run each different tool in the Jewelry, Metal Fabrication or Electronic & Technical arts studios will be required. Please watch studio calendars or subscribe to studio email alerts for upcoming classes by clicking here.
Students should have:
Gary Dawson is owner of Gary Dawson Designs, an online custom design operation that was featured as a “Best of the Best” by Instore Magazine. Dawson has nearly 45 years experience in creating designs that capture the personalities and stories of his customers. My "thing" as an instructor, is that with over 40 years of designing and manufacturing, I'm quite keen on passing along the skills it takes to generate digital designs that can realistically be produced. I keep "Manufacturing in Mind" in my instruction!
**This class will be conducted online using Zoom**
Join plant-based chef Nancy Travis as we explore how to create the perfect hearty salad for an entrée or side – combining greens with beans, grains, vegetables, nuts, seeds and the perfect dressing to compliment the whole dish beautifully.
We will go over the basics of all the components of a great salad, how to make salad last, ingredients that pack a healthy punch and more. In class, Nancy will create a number of fantastic salads, dressings including oil free options and that will give you a creative spark to create your own healthy, hearty salads.
The Inkscape SIG (Special Interest Group) is focused on users of Inkscape for laser cutting and engraving. It is open to anyone interested in kibitzing with other inkscape enthusiasts. Each month may have a specific topic or just a discussion of current interest.
Bring your questions each month and your expertise in Inkscape. This will be a great way to broaden your skills and the skills of the community.