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September classes at CMS

Greetings Upper Valley Makers:

September is full of classes at the Claremont MakerSpace that we think might interest you.

For most classes and events, CMS MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED. That said, members receive a discount on registration and there are some classes/events that are for members only (this will be clearly noted in the event description).

Class policies (liability waiver, withdrawal, cancellation, etc.) can be found here.

Please note: The Claremont MakerSpace currently requires masks for all visitors and members.

Instructors: Interested in teaching a class at CMS? Please fill out our Class Proposal Form.

Tours: Want to see what the Claremont MakerSpace is all about? Tours are by appointment only due to COVID-19 restrictions. Contact Us to schedule your tour where you can learn about all the awesome tools that the CMS offers access to, as well as how membership, classes, and studio spaces work.


Introducing a set of three training sessions to help users learn VCarve software and the MakerSpace’s ShopBot. The ShopBot is a computer-controlled router that can cut various materials with high degree of precision. The VCarve software application by Vectric is used to design parts, which are cut by the Shopbot. These three training sessions are intended to get you proficient in using these systems. After these sessions, the successful student will be well-prepared for certification on the ShopBot.

NOTE: Ticketing for this event is for all three (3) Sessions

Session 1, VCarve part 1 – September 14, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The first session will introduce the user to 2D design using Vectric VCarve. We will begin with a review of user interface in VCarve. We will use the CAD features of VCarve to draw parts. The use of various drawing tools will be discussed in addition to managing and importing vectors. We will use these drawing tools in VCarve to design a sign while in class.

Session 2, VCarve part 2 – September 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The second session will introduce the user to using router bits and how to control the chip load of the bit in the ShopBot. We will also review router bit management using the tool database in VCarve. Once our sign design is complete, we will discuss the CAM features in VCarve and construct tool paths. We will learn how to save and export these toolpaths for cutting the sign in the ShopBot.

Session 3, Using the ShopBot – September 28, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

This session will start with a review of the safety features of the ShopBot. This will be followed by a discussion of the machine components, holding down the work piece and setting the X, Y and Z axis. Finally, we will discuss the workflow of managing toolpaths and we’ll cut the sign we designed in class

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Please note: The Claremont MakerSpace currently requires masks for all visitors and members.

Instructor: Russ Scaduto is the instructor for “Using the ShopBot.” Russ is a very active member at CMS. He is an Emeritus Professor retired from Penn State University. Russ has been teaching for 30+ years in the biosciences. His hobbies include photography, woodworking, metal working and electronics. His current projects on the ShopBot are making custom cribbage boards and a sign for his niece’s wedding.

Class Fees: $150 for CMS Members. Non-Member: $200.

Register for this class now!


This is for the two session classroom-only portion of Learning VCarve and the ShopBot.

ShopBot. The ShopBot is a computer-controlled router that can cut various materials with high degree of precision. The VCarve software application by Vectric is used to design parts, which are cut by the Shopbot. These three training sessions are intended to get you proficient in using these systems. After these sessions, the successful student will be well-prepared for certification on the ShopBot.

NOTE: Ticketing for this event is for two (2) sessions.

Session 1, VCarve part 1 – September 14, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The first session will introduce the user to 2D design using Vectric VCarve. We will begin with a review of user interface in VCarve. We will use the CAD features of VCarve to draw parts. The use of various drawing tools will be discussed in addition to managing and importing vectors. We will use these drawing tools in VCarve to design a sign while in class.

Session 2, VCarve part 2 – September 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The second session will introduce the user to using router bits and how to control the chip load of the bit in the ShopBot. We will also review router bit management using the tool database in VCarve. Once our sign design is complete, we will discuss the CAM features in VCarve and construct tool paths. We will learn how to save and export these toolpaths for cutting the sign in the ShopBot.

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Please note: The Claremont MakerSpace currently requires masks for all visitors and members.

Instructor: Russ Scaduto is the instructor for “Using the ShopBot.” Russ is a very active member at CMS. He is an Emeritus Professor retired from Penn State University. Russ has been teaching for 30+ years in the biosciences. His hobbies include photography, woodworking, metal working and electronics. His current projects on the ShopBot are making custom cribbage boards and a sign for his niece’s wedding.

Class Fees: $100 for CMS Members. Non-Member: $135.


Introduction to Jewelry Making and Tools

This class is an introduction to the basic knowledge, tools and procedures for Jewelry Making. Each student will complete a spinner ring of copper. Each participant will also receive a handout for future reference when they are in the Jewelry Studio alone. Requirements: safety goggles (we have some to borrow), NO jewelry worn, close-toed shoes, hair tied back, sleeves rolled up, no gloves worn. The following will be covered:
  • Safety in the studio and with the tools
  • Cross contamination avoidance since this is a shared space
  • Intro. to metals for jewelry
  • Measuring tools and procedures
  • Cutting tools and procedures
  • Filing tools and procedures
  • Introduction to the torch
  • Annealing and soldering
  • Introduction to the Flex Shaft
  • Introduction to the Bench Grinder
  • Sanding, Hammering and Dapping
  • Introduction to Cleaning and Polishing

Each Participant will be given all the materials to complete a Copper Spinner Ring from cutting metal plate to complete polishing.

About the Instructors: Angela Hill has been making jewelry since she completed her first seed bead woven bracelet at 9 years of age. After she retired from a successful career of teaching K-12, she sold her jewelry to local jewelry stores, on line and in crafts fairs for several years. Now she’s back to just doing it for pleasure. She enjoys wire work the most but also does silversmithing, stringing, knotting, seed bead weaving and mixed media metal work.

Benjamin Auerbach is a metalsmith, weaver, instructor and Claremont MakerSpace jewelry studio shoplead. Much of his focus is on functional pieces in metal, wood, and fiber. Ben holds a BFA from University of Alaska Fairbanks. You can learn more about him at https://benjaminauerbach.com/

Please note: The Claremont MakerSpace currently requires masks for all visitors and members.

Class Fees: Free for CMS Members.

Materials Fee: $15 per person. Paid with registration on line and all must register before the class. Materials fee is non-refundable.

There are two opportunities to participate in this class

Register for the evening class – Thursday September 22, 6-9pm

Register  for the daytime class – Saturday September 24, 1-4pm


Drop in and ask your biking questions, work on your bike, or just hang out with other wrenches. Kids with parent partners encouraged to attend. Come build a bike community in Claremont. We’ll even have the bike wash station running out back.

Please note: The Claremont MakerSpace currently requires masks for all visitors and members.

Instructor: CMS Member and volunteer, Rosanna Lloyd: Hello! My name is Rosanna Lloyd and I love anything on two wheels. I worked as a bike mechanic for 8 years, for 4 of that I travelled the country as a race mechanic for SRAM and Cannondale. I also raced. I’ve also done a little frame building! I love all things fast and downhill. Uphill….not so much these days!

Class Fees: Free for CMS Members. Non-Member: $5. There will be some tubes / parts available for purchase from the kind folks at The Wheel House.

Starts Sat Oct 15 2022, 01:00pm EDT
Ends Sat Oct 15 2022, 02:00pm EDT

Register for the Bike Clinic now!

 


Happy Makin’!
We are grateful for all of the public support that our 501(c)(3), non-profit organization receives. If you’d like to make a donation,please visit the Support Us page of our website.

Upcoming Classes at CMS

Greetings Upper Valley Makers:

We have two classes coming up this week in our Jewelry studio that we wanted to let you know about.

For most classes and events, CMS MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED. That said, members receive a discount on registration and there are some classes/events that are for members only (this will be clearly noted in the event description).

Class policies (liability waiver, withdrawal, cancellation, etc.) can be found here.

Instructors: Interested in teaching a class at CMS? Please fill out our Class Proposal Form.

Tours: Want to see what the Claremont MakerSpace is all about? Tours are by appointment only due to COVID-19 restrictions. Contact Us to schedule your tour where you can learn about all the awesome tools that the CMS offers access to, as well as how membership, classes, and studio spaces work.


Basics of Wire Work for Jewelry

Tue Aug 30 2022, from 05:30pm until 8:30pm EDT

In this class, we will cover the basics of wire (including metals, shapes and hardness); minimum wire work tools and their uses (including flat nose, round nose, chain nose pliers and side cutters); prepping a wire work project; simple and wrapped loops; beaded loops; making a wire clasp; properly wrapping wire bundles; basics of wrapping a stone; making a wire bail for a pendant.  Each participant will receive wire samples and bead samples. Each participant will complete a wire wrapped bracelet with clasp and a wrapped beaded pendant with bail. Students are welcome to bring their own toolkit (flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, side cutters, English & metric ruler).

Please note: The Claremont MakerSpace currently requires masks for all visitors and members.

Instructor: Angela Hill has been making jewelry since she completed her first seed bead woven bracelet at 9 years of age. After she retired from a successful career of teaching K-12, she sold her jewelry to local jewelry stores, on line and in crafts fairs for several years. Now she’s back to just doing it for pleasure. She enjoys wire work the most but also does silversmithing, stringing, knotting, seed bead weaving and mixed media metal work.

Class Fees: $10 includes assorted copper wire and assorted beads

Register for this class now!


Wire Sculptured Pendant with Stone

Thursday, September 1, 2022 from 5:30pm until 8:30pm EDT

We will quickly review the basics of wire and wire tools.  Each participant will create a wrapped and sculpted stone pendant with a woven bail and an adjustable knotted cord necklace and end beads.  The picture show a rectangular Agate stone but we will be using a 40-30mm rectangular Kyanite stone. Students are welcome to bring their own toolkit instead of using the MakerSpace tools (Flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, side cutters, English & metric ruler).

Please note: The Claremont MakerSpace currently requires masks for all visitors and members.

Instructor: Angela Hill has been making jewelry since she completed her first seed bead woven bracelet at 9 years of age. After she retired from a successful career of teaching K-12, she sold her jewelry to local jewelry stores, on line and in crafts fairs for several years. Now she’s back to just doing it for pleasure. She enjoys wire work the most but also does silversmithing, stringing, knotting, seed bead weaving and mixed media metal work.

Class Fees:  $20 includes a Kyanite rectangular stone; copper and brass wire.


Happy Makin’!
We are grateful for all of the public support that our 501(c)(3), non-profit organization receives. If you’d like to make a donation,please visit the Support Us page of our website.

Claremont MakerSpace Update for June 2022

Greetings CMS members and followers:

Happy Summer!

I am excited to provide the following updates about our MakerSpace community:

Thanks to several CMS members, we are building a robust calendar of in-person courses in the various shops. Please go to the Events page of our website to see what is being offered. Revisit often as several new classes will be added each week. And, if you would like to share your passion and talents with others, please consider teaching a class or two. You can let us know of your interest by filling out our Class Proposal Form. A reminder that non-members can both attend and offer classes. 

Last Friday, we hosted a program for 7th graders from Kearsage Middle School. One set of students made copper rings in the jewelry studio while a second group made cloth tote bags in the fiber arts studio. We are also hosting a sewing program for young women living in a group home in the area. We look forward to expanding community programs like these in the future.

Save the Date! The Downtown Claremont Block Party to celebrate the new Pleasant Street design will take place on Saturday, August 13th starting at 3pm. Claremont MakerSpace will host an Open House during the party. More details in our July e-newsletter.

We are grateful to the Mascoma Bank Foundation for a $10,000 grant that will help us purchase some new equipment to support entrepreneurs and start-up businesses as well as our members, in general. We will be adding a walk-in paint booth for our wood and metal workers, a third 3-D printer, and some new equipment in the jewelry studio.

Speaking of gratitude and new equipment, Hypertherm recently donated a Wazer to our MakerSpace. A Wazer is a waterjet cutter that can be used to cut designs into metal, glass, ceramic, plastic, rubber and more. A small team of CMS volunteers has been trained and is now honing their skills. We hope to begin offering classes on the Wazer in July. 

Please help us spread the word about our three Financial Assistance programs, also offered through generous charitable support. Our Veterans Scholarship Program, funded by Red River Charitable Foundation, provides veterans, active service members, and their partners a 75% discount on a CMS membership. Our Student Discount Program, supported by a grant from the Couch Family Foundation, offers a 75% discount to high school students 15 years and older. And, thanks to a grant from the Oleonda Jameson Trust, our COVID-19 Economic Hardship Scholarship Program offers a 75% discount to people whose work-life has been disrupted by the pandemic. Information about these scholarship programs is available on the Financial Assistance page of our website.

We are grateful for all of the public support our 501-c-3, non-profit organization receives. If you’d like to make a donation, visit the Support Us page of our website.

Happy Makin’!

Steve

Claremont MakerSpace Updates for May

In-Person Classes Begin in early June! We are pleased to report that in-person classes are back in a few weeks. Thank you to the instructors who have stepped forward so far to offer a class (or four!). We will continue to build out the calendar over the coming days and weeks. Check our Events page for what we have on tap so far and check back regularly for expanded offerings.

Share Your Talents and Passion: We invite you to share your passion and talents with members of CMS and the larger community by becoming an instructor. You will receive 50% of all class tuition revenues. CMS handles all of the back-office work—promotion, registration, payment processing, roster generation, etc.–and provides the space and tools. To submit a class proposal (or six!), please complete this form. One does not need to be a CMS member to serve as an instructor.

Expanded Member Benefits:

  • Makin’ Community: Open Shops”: A new Member Benefit, the Open Shops are hosted by the Shop Leads of our various departments on a monthly basis. They are generally two to three hours in length during which time members can drop in, socialize with other members, and share and learn with one another. The Open Shop times are not for instruction or certification by the Shop Lead (that is done at other times). Bring a project and come enjoy the company of people who share your passion for making! We are working on scheduling Open Shops for various departments. Dates and times for those currently scheduled can be found at our Events page (note, the first two are this week!).

  • FREE Small Business Advising from SBDC at the MakerSpace: Last week, Casey Trio, the regional Business Advisor for the NH Small Business Development Center (SBDC), began offering FREE and confidential consulting for CMS members right at the Claremont MakerSpace. Casey’s office hours are Thursdays from 12-3. Members who are running small businesses or those thinking about turning their hobby into a business will benefit from Casey’s services. To schedule your first visit with Casey, please go here and click on “Request Advising.”

  • Greater Discounts on Classes: Members will now receive more significant discounts on classes offered at CMS compared to non-members (or, as I like to say, “not-yet-members”).

  • Personal Storage Lockers: We now have 60 lockers available for members to store materials, personal tools, protective equipment and other project-related resources. You can rent your 16”x16”x24” locker for $5/month (billed with your membership fees). More information here.

The Downtown Claremont Block Party to celebrate the new Pleasant Street design has been moved back to Saturday, August 13th. Claremont MakerSpace will host an Open House during the party. More next month.

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