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Middle schoolers: come on over to BARN after school on early release days for our Maker Monday sessions! We're kicking off the series this fall with a Sewing Lab. You'll start by getting oriented to the BARN Fiber Studio and then you can let your imagination run wild! BARN will provide basic fabric and ideas such as pencil pouches, purses, and bags, but you are also welcome to bring your own fabric and patterns to stitch up what you dream up! We'll provide some guidance, but this session is designed for self-directed exploration and creative experimentation. Sign up with friends or on your own and bring along your favorite Spotify playlist!. Snacks and drinks provided.
Materials: Studio supplies and donated materials are included in this process. If you want to work on your own special project, you will need to bring your own fabric and pattern.
Skill Level: All sewing levels are welcome.
Ages: Current 7th and 8th graders
Facilitators: Catherine Camp and Fran Fuller
Questions? Email: email@example.com
Girls Who Code is an organization founded with a single mission: To close the gender gap in technology. Computer coding is relevant to all sorts of interests, not just computer science.
BARN is hosting a Girls Who Code club once again for the 2019-20 school year for girls in grades 6-12. The club will meet every Thursday afternoon (except school holidays) from September 26 through March 5th, from 3:45 - 5pm. Girls will be guided through a progression of coding skills throughout the year.
Prior to signing up for these sessions you are welcome to join us on Thursday, September 19th from 4-5pm for an optional drop-in information session at BARN. Meet our facilitators, learn about the curriculum, and ask any questions you may have about the program.
Rebecca Graham was our club facilitator last year. She is a full-time senior engineer working in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. She began coding in college where she earned a BS in Computer Science and a BA in History from the University of Mary Washington. She lives on the island with her husband, 6-year old son, 3 cats, and 2 dogs. She loves glitter, cartoons, yoga, rock climbing, and creating things with technology.
Rebecca will be joined by Alex McKeon, a BARN member who has always found time in her life for creating. She has had a wide variety of professional experiences including work as an expedition leader, yoga instructor, personal chef, snowboard instructor, and nanny. She lives on the island with her husband and toddler and believes that working with young women is one of the most fulfilling uses of her time.
To learn more about Girls Who Code, see: https://girlswhocode.com/
From the Girls Who Code organization: "Girls Who Code's mission is to create gender parity within technology by providing a unique educational experience for young women to learn computer science. Interested participants who self-identify as female are welcome to apply to our programs."
Please note that this class has had an added second day session.
In this unique class, you will explore the meditative technique of powdered glass frit. Using frit powders of various colors and choosing previously dried foliage you will create striking floral images in this class.
In the three-hour session on day 1 (12:00 to 3:00 PM) you will come to understand the necessary safety practices and clean up using glass powders. Then with step-by-step instruction you will practice the process of layering frit to colorize the dried foliage you have chosen to decorate your dishware.
During the one-hour session on day 2 (12:00 to 1:00 PM) you will learn how and why to clean your powdered and initially fired pieces to prepare them for fully fusing each to a background piece of glass prior to slumping. Frit combined with foliage creates delicate organic images that will compliment your food presentation or anything you might imagine.
In this class you will produce one 9” x 9” square swoop serving piece, one 3" x 9" channel plate, and three 3” x 3” condiment dishes.
Instructor: Diane Bonciolini
The "olini" of Mesolini Glass Studio, Diane's love of glass is her passion. As a full-time glass artist who has lived and worked on Bainbridge Island since 1977, she grows and changes with every project. She describes glass, her medium of choice, as having a life of its own. This multifaceted medium shows itself in each of her creations: stained glass, slumped and fused glass, lamp work, or glass combined with concrete.
Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.
For those who have always wanted to write a memoir, but just haven't gotten pen to paper (or need a little motivation to keep going). A 2-day workshop that offers multiple short lessons and writing prompts to help you delve into issues such as finding your subject, voice, and perspective; creating dynamic characters and scenes; shaping a story; and crafting language.
“That weekend is used as a starting point, a pin in my personal map, as I’ve made my journey toward creativity. Plus, it was a whole lot of fun!” — comment from a student.
Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of four novels, including The School of Essential Ingredients and The Scent Keeper, as well as the upcoming memoir, House Lessons. She has a PhD in literature from the U.W. and has taught there and Antioch University, as well as in workshops at Hedgebrook, Write on the Sound, and the Chuckanut Writers Conference, among others. She currently lives in Port Townsend.
Take a ferry ride from downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island to explore BARN, the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network. A makerspace and learning place, BARN is home to 10 artisan studios, including a vibrant Glass Arts Studio.
We'll take you on a free guided tour of the facility. You'll see the wide variety of creative expression that happens here, from book and fiber arts to jewelry-making and woodworking. And, of course, glass! Visit BARN’s fully equipped glass studio and see examples of the work created here, which will also be available for purchase. Experience our island of glass art!
We will begin with great tips and tricks for cabochons, and go on to explore alternatives for faceted, free form stone, and found objects. Although the basic bezel is a great place to start, many other settings often work better for a particular stone or better highlight its unique qualities. Demonstrations will include bezel tips and tricks, some alternative bezels, a few wire setting solutions & tube setting. Students are encouraged to produce samples to learn the process. Time will be given allowing students to work on finished elements for jewelry applications.
Students are encouraged to practice in copper and brass which will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring sterling silver wire and sheet to create their final finished projects.
Your favorite tools (studio tools will be available for use)
Your favorite tools (studio tools will be available for use)
Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse’s a jewelry artist, sculptor and educator. She has made her home and studio in Seattle, Washington for the past 20 years. She has been teaching art and jewelry classes, workshops, lectured and exhibited throughout U.S. and Mexico for over 25 years. Jennifer is currently in the process of researching for a book she is writing on the History, Timeline, and Technology of Jewelry Casting, and is the current president of the Seattle Metals Guild.
Recognized as an outstanding educator and known expert in the arena of jewelry casting, Jennifer has more recently teaching at the college and adult continuing education levels. Currently, Jennifer works as a production jeweler for Baleen, teaches jewelry classes and workshops.
Education: MFA – University of Wisconsin – Madison, BFA – University of New Mexico 1989
Graduate Print making Internship – Tamarind Institute / UNM 1989
Get into the Halloween season with some literary thrills and chills. After darkness falls, some favorite local authors will emerge with new tales to bewitch you. It’s a festive evening for sipping bracing beverages and nibbling ghoulish treats. You can even come in costume if the spirit moves you.
Dark & Stormy cocktails and wine will be served. Please note that this is a 21+ event. Registration is required.
The enchanting authors are:
Lynn Brunelle is a four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for "Bill Nye the Science Guy.” She has over 25 years experience writing for people of all ages, across all manner of media. Recently she was invited to speak at the UN to discuss science education. Her latest book for kids, Turn This Book into a Beehive was released Spring 2018 from Workman Publishing
Megan Chance is the bestselling, critically acclaimed, award-winning author of several novels. Her novels have been picks for Amazon Book of the Month, Borders Original Voices, and Booksense. Girlposse.com calls her a “writer of extraordinary talent. Megan Chance lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Kevin O’Brien was a railroad inspector before his thrillers landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list,. The author of 19 internationally-published thrillers, he won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery, and is a core member of Seattle 7 Writers. Press & Guide said: “If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today and writing novels, his name would be Kevin O’Brien.” Kevin’s latest nail-biter, The Betrayed Wife is in bookstores now.
Maureen McQuerry is an award-winning poet, novelist. and teacher. Her YA novel, The Peculiars is an ALA Best Book for YA 2013, Bank Street and Horne Book recommended book, and a winner of the Westchester Award. Her most recent books are an MG fantasy duo, Beyond the Door, a Booklist Top Ten Fantasy/SciFi for Youth, and The Telling Stone, a finalist for the WA State Book Awards. A new historical novel, Between Before and After was released in February 2019.
Warren Read is the award-winning author of the 2017 novel, Ash Falls, and of a 2008 memoir The Lyncher in Me. His short fiction has been published in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season Review, Inklette, Switchback, The East Bay Review, and Sliver of Stone. Warren has worked in education for 26 years and is currently an assistant principal with the Bainbridge Island School District.
Get checked out on the Woodworking Studio’s major power tools not covered in the Tools 1 safety class. This Tools 2 safety class may be taken without first having taken the Tools 1 safety class. Provided you have also attended our free Orientation to the Woodshop class, completing Woodshop Tool Safety 2 will qualify you to use the following tools during Open Studio time or in classes that have this as a prerequisite:
Instructor: Dave Roe
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Experience what you can do with gas welding under the tutelage of a master artisan. It is like drawing in 3-D with fire and metal.
Oxy/Acetylene welding uses gas and welding rod to create structures or join materials. A gas mixture is used to create a molten pool to which filler material is added by hand to create a weld of build up sculptural material. It can be the most creative of the welding processes.
The class is a full day – 9:30 to 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:30. The morning session is devoted to explanation of the Oxy/Acetylene process, safety, proper use of tools, and hands-on development of technique. From 10:30 to noon, you will be forming and shaping metal rods using the torch. By afternoon 1:00 – 4:30 (if not before) you will be using what you learned and practiced to create a piece or pieces of your own design and imagination.
Oxy/Acetylene processes are also applicable to heating and bending, brazing, flame treating (coloring), and cutting (ferrous) metals. Understanding and proficiency using Oxy/Fuel is essential to having a full range of skills in the welding studio.
Instructor Bio:David Gonzo began his craft in the steel and welding trade 18 years ago in his hometown of Albuquerque, NM. And almost began dabbling in metal art.
His passion for knowledge and skills on the process of transforming metal into art began to grow into metal alchemy. In San Diego, he created his business Iron Insanity, and continued growing his knowledge and passion for his art. After a stint in British Columbia, Dave ended up in Portland and eventually set himself up in a studio and teaching space full time to transform metal into art.
Today, Dave collaborates with other talented artists as a member within the Pacific Northwest Sculptors group. He has received five awards for his sculptures at the Curious Gallery exhibition held in Portland Oregon, and has provided metal art to other local establishments. He is one of the artists Wells & Verne showcases where he shows and sells his custom jewelry and sculptures.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 503-270-9394
Alternative Contact: Henry Sharpe, email@example.com, 206 708-0561
See examples of instructor Dave Gonzo’s work at:
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.
October topic - Intro to Morse Code (CW)
Morse code has been around since the beginning of radio. We will explore:
- Why letters / numbers take different amount of time to send?
- Is CW relevant today with voice and digital?
- Different methods and resources for learning CW
- Automated reception of CW
- Morse skimmers
- Fun CW “game” to refine your CW and contesting skills
- Shorthands for words (hey, you can use them for texting as well!)
You will leave with ability to recognize familiar CW phrases (CQ, HI, QST, …)
This talk is intended for everyone who has an interest in history and wants to learn a little more about this fascinating mode of communications
Cost: Free to members and non-members
Organized by BARC (Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club)
This six week class is designed to bring the young novice machinist up to speed for using the basic tools of a machine shop. We will cover the following topics:
Proper layout of parts using Calipers, Micrometers squares, and hight gauge. Locating, center punching, and drilling and reaming of holes on flat and cylindrical material.
How to cut threads using taps and dies.
The construction and use of Jigs and fixtures.
Proper safe use of the milling machine covering set up and locating surfaces.
Proper cutter selection.
Cutting slots and recesses.
Precision alignment and drilling of holes.
How to setup to do repeatable operations.
Proper safe use of the Machinist lathe covering set up and locating surfaces.
Turning an object down to a specific diameter.
Boring out the center to a specific diameter.
How to set up to do repeatable operations.
Instructor: Chris Stanley
No registration needed. Free for members. Open to non-members. For non-members, there is a $20 drop-in fee payable to the studio monitor by cash or check made out to BARN.
All are welcome to drop by during this Open studio if you would like to observe.
Participate in our Project Bag “Sew-Along.” What is a Sew-Along? It is kind of like a sewing bee where a group of sewing enthusiasts get together and work on the same kind of project.
This October -- come join fellow sewing enthusiasts and make a knitting project bag to house your current work in progress. You don't knit? This project bag is great for any fiber handwork activity.
Stitch Mischief is the designer of the popular Finch Bucket (and Little Finch Bucket) pattern which includes the instructions for both versions.
This pattern is easy to read and follow with detailed cutting instructions and lots of graphics. It comes with a customizable patchwork option as well.
Check out #littlefinchbucket or #finchbucket on Instagram for inspiration, gather your supplies and come join us to make your very own.
Below is the link to purchase the pattern (downloadable PDF file). All supplies needed to complete the project bag are given in detail with the pattern.
Finch Bucket Pattern
Looking to become involved in the Kitchen Arts Studio?
Orientation is free, but registration is required so we know how many attendees to expect. If there are no registrants, the class will be cancelled.
Orientations will be held monthly on the third Monday of the month, at 10:00 am.
There are also evening classes available. Please see our calendar to register for the evening session.
To use the shop, you will also need to attend our free one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class.
Woodshop Tool Safety 1 will qualify you to use the following tools during Open Studio time and in classes that require certification in these tools:
Looking to become involved in the Kitchen Arts Studio?
Whether you would like to volunteer, teach, or rent the kitchen as a permitted producer, you are invited to attend a Kitchen Studio orientation!
Orientations will be held monthly on the third Monday of the month, at 6:30 PM.
There are also morning classes available. Please see our calendar to register for the morning session.
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:
Weaving combines color, fiber, & patterns in endless unique options to create cloth.
Learn how to do all the steps in weaving: setting up and using a floor loom, project planning, weave structure and pattern, and many tricks of the trade.
This 5-session class is hands’ on using floor looms and other equipment. The class will emphasis learning how to weave, how to set up a floor loom, how to plan projects, and how to read a weaving draft. During the class you will weave samples with the emphasis on learning how to weave and plan.
Students will use BARN floor looms and equipment.
There is a $20 materials fee included in the class price.
What to Bring:
Students should bring their own scissors.
Instructor: Deb Sweet Deb Sweet is a long-time weaver and teacher at BARN. Deb has taught at BARN for the past several years and has love for weaving that is infectious.
Sign up to use the BARN Fiber Arts Studio Sailrite Industrial Machine. BARN members who are certified to use the Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine can sign up for those open studio times when a Sailrite safety monitor is hosting the open studio.
PLEASE NOTE: Only some of the BARN Fiber Arts open studio times have the safety monitors trained to supervise any use of the Sailrite Industrial Sewing Machine.
Skill Level: BARN Member who has taken the Sailrite Industrial Machine Certification class and been certified to use the machine.
Ages: Ages 18+
Join us for our monthly (held every fourth Tuesday) make and take! We'll have the ingredients set up in the kitchen and we'll all learn together. This month we'll make our own Oreo-style cookies and add some spooky decorations.
Instructor: Marcela Sandoval
Instructor: Josh Haza
Are you always impressed how some people in the Machine shop can do the the most seemingly difficult things. Come and learn some of Peter's tricks and techniques. You will be amazed and astounded, you might even pick up a few new ideas to use on your own projects.
In this class you will learn some the the tricks and methods that the instructor uses to make good use of the tools in the shop. Finding centers, tapping techniques, deburring, using the micrometer, using the grinders, work holding etc.
This is a Welding Open Studio for members and guests to work on personal projects.
This class is for those that have completed MIG 1, 2, & 3 OR previous welding OR plasma cutting class or experience.
A monitor will be available to assist participants with proper use of the equipment and safety. (The monitor has discretion regarding ill-advised projects.)
Participants may practice their welding skills or pursue their projects and are encouraged to bring their own project materials. There will be a safety refresher. Please contact Henry Sharpe at the email below if you have questions.
Teacher/Monitor: Bob Mathisrud has 20+ years’ experience as a stationary operating engineer for national recognized bakeries. He is active in BARN's welding shop, sheetmetal shop, machine shop, ETA studio and Wood studio.
Contact Shop Lead: Henry Sharpe (HenrySharpe@gmail.com)
Safety Monitor: Sybil Carrere
* This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.
In fine woodworking, everything starts with the wood. Before you can focus on joinery or fancy details, you need to make a board foursquare, with surfaces that are flat, straight, parallel and square. And then you need to cut the lengths, widths and thicknesses you need, in a way that positions the pieces where the grain direction makes the most sense.
In this class, you will learn techniques and strategies that will help you custom mill wood to the precise dimensions you need. You’ll learn:
Instructor: David Kaplan is an avid amateur woodworker. He especially enjoys the process of turning rough lumber into straight, square stock.
In this open studio one or more experienced machinists will be on hand to assist you with your project. The prerequisite for attending this Open Studio is Machine Shop Orientation and preferably at least one lathe and milling class.
Some experience with machine tools desired. Bring your own metal or plastic and hardware for your project. Bring safety glasses and hearing protection may be needed. We have ear plugs available.
It's Fall, so our woods are full of wild mushrooms, hundreds of species. A few of them are choice edibles -- chanterelles, porcinis, cauliflowers, lobsters. But how do you find them, and how do you know for sure what you're collecting?
This class is an introduction to finding, identifying and safely consuming local wild mushrooms. It will start with a Wednesday evening discussion, "How To Look at A Mushroom," and continue with a Saturday foray in promising habitat less than two hours away. We are sure to find mushrooms, but there is no guarantee they will be edibles.
Do you want to cast outside of class?
Come be a part of Jewelry Studio Casting Club!!
This is an exciting opportunity to practice casting your own work in precious metals. This is a Hands-On experience. You'll have an opportunity to do every step in the casting process yourself. This isn't a class, but more like an open studio for casting. It will require some casting experience (see below) and teamwork. We've started this club to give our community a chance to cast on a regular basis. We plan on growing and evolving to include the casting of 3D printed pieces and mold making. If you're interested in participating, see requirements and specifics below.
PREREQUISITES and Requirements for Casting Club:
What To Expect
On Thursday evening, we will be investing, so come with your pieces sprued, weighed (don't forget to record your wax weight & bring it) and attached to the sprue base, so we can jump right in. Don’t plan on there being time to sprue your work during this time. If you have any concerns or would like some advice on spruing, come to open studio on Monday or Friday. We have set aside a locker where you can leave your sprued flask if you so choose. During investing, we’ll have time to make some last minute adjustments and weigh our metals. When everyone's done investing we’ll clean up and figure out the pouring order for the next morning. You're welcome to stay to help load the kiln for its’ overnight burn.
On Friday evening, come with appropriate casting wear (& hair up). After a review of the evenings plan we will get everything ready for the pour. Teams of 2 people will take turns casting until we finish. When all of the flasks are poured everyone can help clean up and show off their work!!
Join us for this three-session class to design your Delta game “board” and pins in Fusion 360, and then produce your design on the CNC Mill and CNC Lathe.
What’s the Delta game? It’s a board-game in the shape a triangle with 15 holes and 14 pins… jump a pin and remove it until only one pin remains. We’ll work through the geometry of the triangle with some given parameters, sketch the design and extrude it to make the solid in Fusion 360, and do the same with the pin. You’ll perfect your design over the coming week (the instructor will be available to support you in completing your homework). Then we’ll use your design to produce g-code within Fusion 360, load that into the CNC machines, and cut your parts. This will be a fast-paced class, but it will be fun too.
At a minimum, you must be familiar with manual mill and lathe operations. We recommend you take the Intro to CNC Mill and Intro to CNC Lathe classes unless you have prior experience. Please see our calendar here.
Prior experience with Fusion 360, and a laptop with Fusion 360 loaded (download here) and running are requirements for this class.
David Hays retired from his IT services company of 25+ years. As a young man, he worked as a machinist while gaining his engineering degrees, and went on in his later years to create his own hobby machine shop that included a DIY CNC mill.
Every good shot deserves some extra attention to make it the best it can possibly be. Adobe’s Lightroom software offers a comprehensive toolset that is focused on photography. Besides optimizing a photo’s appearance, LR provides tools for organizing your entire photo library.
This hands-on workshop introduces attendees to a simple and straight forward workflow that starts with photo analysis that highlights deficiencies, and follows with the workflow to make the necessary image improvements.
Analyze Photo and Identify Areas for Improvements
Crop (and Straighten if necessary), aspect ratios
Global Enhancements Corrections
Histogram and Preview Blown Out Highlights or Blocked Up Shadows
Shadows / Highlights / Whites
Very Local Corrections
Before / After
Undo / Redo
Image Edit Practice
Session 2 - Advanced, Practice, & Photo Management
Image Edit Practice
Import / File Structure / Naming
Grading / Selecting / Rejecting
Manipulating File Structure
Three iMacs will be available with sample images to provide practical experience with the image editing process. We will “buddy-up”, two attendees per desktop. The last session will offer some time for attendees to work on their own images with assistance by the instructor.
Ken Rothmuller has been shooting images since getting his first camera as a teenager. Later in life he had both a B/W and color darkroom before switching over to a digital workflow. More recently he has had the opportunity to study under some great mentors, including: Jay Maisel, Joel Meyerowitz, Eddie Soloway, and Margo Davis.
Adobe purchased Ken’s digital asset management company (Fotiva / PhotoTablet) back in 2001. While working at Adobe as a senior computer scientist, he help shepherd and promote the initial, internal Lightroom development efforts as an important alternative to Photoshop for Photographers (and mere mortals).
Ken especially enjoys traveling with his camera allowing him to see new places more deeply, cementing memories and giving him the opportunity to interact with locals.
He has taught photo workshops and photography courses at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. You can reach Ken at: firstname.lastname@example.org