Photo of Metal Fabrication Studio February Class Update

Valentine’s Day already?! Wow!! But as I review the first six weeks of the new year, I feel good about what Metal-Fab has accomplished. The Bridgeport mill rebuild is complete (with a tachometer) and being used on a daily basis. We have numerous classes in all the Metal-fab shops, with lots of opportunities to learn new skills, or polish old ones. And as is typical, we have multiple projects in need of volunteers. Our newly acquired gas-fired melt furnace at the Foundry now has us pouring 20-plus pounds of bronze to make larger castings. Check out the images below for the casting class. Note the “5” being printed as a pattern and visualize how a 3D image can be transformed into a solid piece of bronze at the Foundry. Don’t let another holiday pass without seeing for yourself what’s going on in the Metal-Fab Studio.

Patina and Metal Finishes
Finishes and patinas are a very important but often overlooked part of metalworking. This 3-hour class will explore different finishes and techniques including applied finishes, textures, and heat. This is a presentation, demonstration, and discussion class. Click below to read more & register. Saturday, February 26, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Winter Blues? Warm up at the Forge & Foundry!

Metal Casting in the Foundry (Off-site)
BARN’s Metal Casting class is where you learn and advance your metal art skills by casting bronze or aluminum into a mold you’ll make. Molten metal will be poured into the mold you’ve formed in green sand (an environmentally safe mixture of fine sand, clay, and water) from a pattern of your own making or one selected from our pattern library. After your casting cools, you’ll free it from the mold and experience the thrill as your artistic creation emerges. Click on a date below to read more & register. Thursday, March 10, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PMThursday, April 14, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Finishing a Metal Casting
In this class you’ll learn how to finish your casting as it came from the mold by safely removing all the unwanted gates, sprues, and runners. You’ll then finish the casting by grinding, machining if needed, texturing, and polishing to a desired finish. Click on a date below to read more & register. Thursday, February 24, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PMThursday, March 24, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Basic Blacksmithing Forging Class (Off-site)
Blacksmithing is heating pieces of wrought iron or steel until the metal becomes soft enough for shaping with hand tools, such as a hammer, anvil and chisel. Heating generally takes place in a forge fueled by propane, natural gas, coal, charcoal, or oil. Click on a date below to read more & register. If class is full, please join the waitlist for free. Monday, February 14, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PMMonday, March 14, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Traditional Knife Making (Off-site)
Use a forge to heat pieces of steel red hot and hammer them into the shape and edge of a knife. Repeat, again and again. Temper and quench. Then grind a final edge. You have a handmade knife to fit with a handle. These knives are utility knives, not kitchen knives. Monday & Tuesday, February 21 & 22, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PMMonday & Tuesday, March 21 & 22, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Pattern-Making for Casting in the Foundry
BARN’s Pattern-Making class is where you learn one of many ways to create a pattern of the casting you envision. Once completed, you'll use the pattern in our “Metal Casting in the Foundry” class to create a mold that molten bronze or aluminum will be poured to produce your casting. Click on a date below to read more & register. Wednesdays, March 9 & 16, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PMWednesdays, April 13 & 20, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network) is the center for craft and invention on Bainbridge Island. Studios include Electronic and Technical Arts, Fiber Arts, Glass Arts, Jewelry & Fine Metals, Kitchen Arts, Media Arts & BCB, Metal Fabrication, Print & Book Arts, Woodworking and Small Boat Building, and Writers. BainbridgeBARN.org.

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