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Membership FAQ

Membership FAQ2023-01-12T13:41:17-08:00
I’m a BARN member. How do I get fob access to the Tech Lab?2022-12-28T14:30:14-08:00

Because the door is open during Open Studios and classes, no fob access is needed. If you’d like access at other times, talk to the studio lead about becoming a volunteer safety monitor. If you qualify, we’ll grant you fob access. Contact us to learn more.

I’m a BARN member. How do I get fob access to the Jewelry Studio?2023-07-15T16:11:12-07:00

Thank you for being a member! The Jewelry Studio holds regular Open Studio hours during the week. In order to gain fob access to Open Studio, you must have a Skills Card that identifies the tools that you are trained to use.

If you are new to jewelry making, complete an introductory class in Jewelry Skills, Enameling, Lapidary, PMC, or Wax Carving. You’ll receive a Skills Card that gives you access to Open Studios and more advanced classes. Find classes on our Jewelry & Fine Metals catalog.

If you have experience making jewelry, you may receive a Skills Card through a Skills Assessment. To schedule an assessment, contact During the assessment, you will show samples of your work, demonstrate the tools you use, and discuss the techniques you know.

I’m a BARN member. How do I get fob access to the Woodshop?2023-07-15T16:06:54-07:00

After you take Orientation to the Woodshop and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 and/or Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2, the Membership Coordinator will reprogram your fob so it opens the main shop door during open studio hours.

Please note that the instructor will still need to open the door before a class, since classes aren’t at open studio times.

If you have taken the required classes and your fob doesn’t work during open studio, please contact the Membership Coordinator,

How do I connect with my BARN community online?2024-05-28T16:15:51-07:00

Join BARN Circle, BARN’s online community. This community hub is open to everyone participating or interested in activity at BARN. Consider it the digital equivalent of hallway chats, workbench hangouts, and studio bulletin boards. Learn more and get started >>

I have guests visiting. Can I bring them to BARN with me?2022-09-27T13:09:58-07:00

Absolutely! Guests are welcome to take classes. They can sign up for most classes and then use the studio. They would simply pay the guest rate for the class and they pay a drop-in fee of $20 if they want to use the studio during an Open Studio period.

Can I get help paying for classes?2024-02-22T15:40:26-08:00

Class tuition assistance is available whether you are a member or not. Your application will be reviewed and you will receive a response within three business days. Apply now»


What is BARN’s cancellation and refund policy?2024-05-24T16:38:15-07:00

Student-initiated Cancellations

  • We recognize that unforeseen circumstances may arise so that you’re not able to attend a class or event you’ve registered for. We encourage you to cancel your registration as soon as you know you can’t attend, even for no-cost events like Open Studios or Orientations, so that we can make your spot available to others and so that instructors can prepare appropriately. Unless otherwise specified, there is a 15% cancellation fee for paid registrations that helps BARN offset costs we incur for credit card fees, waitlist processing, and materials purchases.
  • Refund Eligibility: A cancellation requested 7 days (168 hours) or more prior to the first class meeting is eligible for a refund unless a different cancellation date is noted in the class description.
  • Cancellations received less than 7 days (168 hours) prior to the first class session date are not eligible for refunds.
  • Cancellation requests must be made through the student’s profile on the BARN website, by emailing, or by phoning the Registrar at (206) 842-4475.

BARN-initiated Cancellations

  • Occasionally it may be necessary for BARN to cancel classes due to low enrollment, instructor availability, weather, illness, and other unforeseen circumstances.
  • In the event of a cancellation, students will be notified by email as soon as possible. BARN will make every effort to notify students a minimum of 7 days prior to the first class session.
  • Students will be issued a full refund of all class registration fees.
  • BARN can refund only fees charged by BARN. BARN is not responsible for travel, materials, or other costs students may incur in planning to attend a class.


Refunds will be in the form of a credit issued to the credit card used for payment, or a check mailed to the address on the account. Due to credit card company processing times outside BARN’s control, credit card refunds take three to five business days to appear on an account. Check refunds may take up to four weeks.

The class I want is full. What should I do?2022-09-27T12:57:58-07:00

Please add your name to the waitlist! Cancellations do happen, so a seat may open (note that you are under no obligation to take a seat that opens).  Further, putting your name on a waitlist informs us of the demand for the class. We will go back to the waitlist to notify you if a new class is scheduled so you get first dibs.

I’m a BARN member. How do I get fob access to the Glass Studio?2023-06-15T22:01:49-07:00

Fob access is not required to attend an open studio. A monitor will either let you in or the door will be open.

Fob access is currently limited to the Steering Committee and Glass Studio volunteers.

I’m a BARN member. How do I get fob access to the Writers’ Studio?2023-07-15T16:08:56-07:00

BARN members can use the Writers’ Studio whenever a class, event, or meeting is not scheduled. Contact us to schedule a studio orientation. After the orientation, your fob will be activated for the studio.

I’m a BARN member. How do I get fob access to the Culinary Arts Studio?2024-06-18T15:21:09-07:00

Because the Culinary Arts Studio must follow state food safety regulations to maintain its commercial kitchen permit, fob access is only granted on a case-by-case basis by the Culinary Arts Studio Lead and BARN Event Coordinator.

I’m a BARN Member. How do I get fob access to the Metal Fabrication Studio?2023-06-15T22:02:25-07:00

Due to the potentially dangerous equipment in the Metal Fabrication Studio, only studio leads, monitors, and teachers have fob access.

How do I get started?2022-09-27T11:50:46-07:00

We recommend exploring the studio pages, signing up for a class, taking a tour of the building, or reaching out about volunteering.

I’m a BARN Member. How do I get fob access to the Fiber Studio?2023-07-15T16:07:20-07:00

To get fob access, attend a scheduled orientation! These 30-minute classes will introduce you to basic studio operations, and afterward your fob will be activated for the studio door. Once you have access to the studio, you’re welcome to use the Fiber Studio any time BARN is open. Note that additional training is required to operate studio sewing machines and other equipment.

I lost my fob! What do I do?2022-09-27T12:20:36-07:00

Contact the Membership Coordinator to request a new one. There is a $25 replacement fee. If you find your old fob, return it for reimbursement.

I went to a training session or studio orientation. Why doesn’t my fob open the studio door?2022-09-27T12:13:57-07:00

There are several reasons your fob might not work, including

  • Some studios require multiple prerequisite classes or a separate skills assessment to ensure safe equipment operation. Visit our studio pages to learn more.
  • You might be trying to use your fob outside the monitored open studio time.
  • Your fob access upgrade may still be pending. Fob updates are carried out by our administrative staff remotely. Please allow approximately one business day for changes. If you have questions, please contact us
  • If you’re part of a Family membership, ensure you are using the fob assigned to your account.
  • If none of the above apply, please contact our Membership Coordinator at 206-842-4475 x202
Why doesn’t my fob work in all the studios right now?2022-09-27T12:03:35-07:00

Every studio has a set protocol for allowing members to have access to the space. This is for safety reasons and for the protection of equipment. After you attend the required orientation and/or training for a studio, the studio lead will notify the Membership Coordinator to upgrade your fob, which is done remotely.

What is my fob?2022-09-27T13:51:19-07:00

Your fob is your key to the building! Every member, ages 14 and up, receives a fob. Your fob provides access to the front and back door 7 days a week, 7 am – 10 pm.

Some studios allow fob access during Open Studio or other periods.  Once you have taken the required prerequisites to gain fob access to an applicable studio, your fob will provide you with access to that studio.

How do I make changes to my membership?2024-06-07T16:22:47-07:00

If you need to make changes to your membership, such as converting from an Individual to a Family membership, contact us at 206-842-4475.

To cancel your membership, complete the cancellation request form. Requests may take 1-2 business days to process.

For other questions, please email

Do I need to become a BARN member to use the Woodshop?2023-06-15T22:02:49-07:00

No. It’s not necessary to be a member to take a class or to use Open Studio time at no additional charge to complete a class project. Non-members can also participate in open studio by paying a daily fee, currently $20.

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