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Help Pick Colors for the Tiny House!

The Tiny House built by BARN volunteers over the past several weeks is nearly complete. All that’s left is to paint it, and you can still sign up to help with that.

Take the Survey!

You can help decide what colors it should be. Take a look at the color options and submit your choice here.

A sincere thank you to all of the volunteers who helped, to the monitors who led the effort, and to the Low Income Housing Institute, who will make the house available in one of their Tiny House Villages in the Puget Sound region.

Tiny House Color Options 2023
Save the Date for Night at BARN! Saturday, October 14

An evening of lively mingling &
hands-on making to benefit BARN

You won’t want to miss BARN’s first-ever gala and auction Saturday, October 14! Put it on your calendar, and get notified when tickets go on sale!

Fiber Arts

Surface Design: The Mending Sampler Needle Book – Online

Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13, 1 to 3:30 pm

Learn Japanese and French mending techniques and then turn your sampler into a Needle Book! In the first portion of this workshop we will look at examples of Japanese and French textile mends, as well as mends from other cultures, and then students will learn a variety of them while stitching on a piece of fabric. After students practice the techniques, they will use the fabric sampler to create a functional needle book.

More Fiber Classes

Crochet Techniques – Amigurumi
2 meetings, Monday, August 7 and Monday, August 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fiber Community: Kitsap Cosplay Guild: Cosplay and Costuming Interest Group
Tuesday, August 8, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Fiber Arts Studio Orientation- Activate Your Fob
Saturday, August 12, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Surface Design: The Mending Sampler Needle Book – Online
2 meetings, Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Knitting 101: Intro to Knitting
Saturday, August 12, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Kakishibu and Thickened Natural Dyes, With Ana Lisa Hedstrom
2 meetings, Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Shibori and Natural Dyeing, With Ana Lisa Hedstrom
3 meetings, class starts Monday, August 21, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Fiber Arts Studio Orientation- Activate Your Fob
Monday, August 21, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Shibori: Tradition and Innovation, an Evening With Ana Lisa Hedstrom
Monday, August 21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Glass Arts

Introductory Lampworking With Borosilicate Marbles

Wednesday, Aug. 23
1 to 4:30 pm

Learn how to work with our propane/oxygen torches and borosilicate glass to make simple marbles.

Completing this class and demonstrating competence with the lampworking tools and equipment will check you off for lampworking on your Glass Studio skills card, allowing you to use them during open studio.

Glass Marbles
More Glass Arts Classes

Visiting Glass Artist Demonstration (Free)
Wednesday, August 9, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

CrystalBlast Elite Training
Thursday, August 10, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Stained Glass Across the Ages
4 meetings, class starts Monday, August 14, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Turn Recycled Glass into an Art Glass Trivet
Tuesday, August 15, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Try It! Youth – Glass Cutting (Ages 12-16)
Wednesday, August 16, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Glass Arts – Introduction to Torchwork
Sunday, August 20, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Introductory Lampworking With Borosilicate Marbles
Wednesday, August 23, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Retro Warp Plate
Tuesday, August 29, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Jewelry & Fine Metals

Introduction to the Jeweler’s Torch

Saturday Sept. 9
10 am to 4 pm

Learn how to safely set up a soldering station, ignite your torch, anneal, and begin to solder metal together.

The skills learned in this class will help you feel more comfortable and confident in our studio or yours and get you ready for project classes. This class also helps you acquire a studio skills card for access to the torches during jewelry open studio times.

Jewelry Torch Skills
More Jewelry Classes

CrystalBlast Elite Training
Thursday, August 10, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Intro to Lapidary: Cutting and Carving Stones
2 meetings, class starts Saturday, August 12, 10:00 AM

Cold Connections Techniques
Saturday, August 26, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Try It! Pearl and Gemstone Knotting
Friday, September 1, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Beginning Jewelry Making
3 meetings, class starts Tuesday, September 5, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Try It! Enameled Hanging Mandala
Thursday, September 7, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Try It! Enameled Jewelry Dish
Friday, September 8, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kitchen Arts

The Wonderful World of Seitan

Mon. Aug. 15, 5 to 9 pm and
Tues. Aug. 16, 6 to 9 pm

Learn how to transform flour and water into seitan, a tasty plant-based meat substitute. Seitan, or “meat” made from wheat gluten, dates back to Buddhist monks in China almost 1,500 years ago.
Making seitan with the technique you will learn, gives a very realistic texture and good taste. We’ll discuss how to create different textures and flavors by altering the method of mixing, kneading, cooking, and flavoring.

Making Seitan
More Cooking & Baking Classes

Wine Tour of the Ancient World
Wednesday, August 16, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Indian Food: Homemade Ghee and Lentils (Dal)
Tuesday, August 22, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Botanical Summer Cocktails
Wednesday, August 23, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Summer Wine Discovery Series: Wines of Napa
Wednesday, August 30, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Homemade Linguini with Giovanni
Saturday, September 9, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Metal Fabrication

Welding: TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) #1

Sunday, Aug. 13,
2 to 4:30 pm

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding is generally recognized as the welding technique of choice for artisans working with more exotic materials including aluminum and stainless steel.

TIG welding is more difficult to learn than Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding since it requires greater hand/eye coordination and the simultaneous use of both hands and a foot (controlling the amperage pedal.)

TIG Welding
More Metal Classes

Lay Out and Cut Numbers With the CNC Plasma Cutter
Sunday, August 13, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Welding: TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) #1
Sunday, August 13, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Machine Shop Orientation
Monday, August 14, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Introduction to MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welding #1
Wednesday, August 16, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Metal Casting in the Foundry
Thursday, August 17, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Finishing a Metal Casting
Thursday, August 24, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Make Your Own Bolt (Intro to the Lathe)
Thursday, August 24, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Print & Book Arts

Experimental Letterpress

Saturday, Sept. 9,
10 am-4 pm

Join us for a non-technical exploration of letterpress. If you’ve ever been curious about whether this kind of printmaking is for you, here’s an easy way to find out. BARN has the equipment; all you’ll need to bring is your creativity. This introduction will expose you to the simplest form of relief printing: ink, paper, and the workings of a basic press. By the end of the session—through collaboration and individual expression— you’ll have an assortment of colorful prints to take home.

Experimental Letterpress
More Print & Book Arts Classes

Experimental Letterpress
Saturday, September 9, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Landscape Collage Workshop
Sunday, September 10, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Surface Design: Block Printing Repeat Patterns
2 meetings, Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Tech Lab

Tech Talk: Decoding AI – A Deep Dive into Large Language Models – Free)

Sunday, August 13, 1-2 pm

Learn about Large Language Models (LLMs) used in applications like ChatGPT and how they work.

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is an LLM?
  • Very brief overview of Transformer architecture/GPT
  • How LLMs are trained/fine tuned
  • Hardware requirements
  • Closed source tools
  • LLM Agents
  • Quantization


Tech Talk AI
More Tech Lab Classes

Build Your Own Electromechanical FerryClock
Sunday, August 6, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Introduction to 3D Printing
Saturday, August 12, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tech Talk: Decoding AI – A Deep Dive into Large Language Models (Free)
Sunday, August 13, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Introduction to Electrical Soldering
Saturday, August 19, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Fusion 360 Basics Beginner
2 meetings, class starts Tuesday, August 22, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Introduction to 3D Surface Modeling with Blender
Sunday, August 27, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding

Wood Sculpture

Tuesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26
6-9 pm

Offered in four-week blocks, this ongoing class accommodates carvers of all skill levels.

  • Beginners work on a project designed by the instructor, using wood provided. The project includes all the steps, including roughing out the basic shape with power tools and sharpening tools.
  • Experienced carvers can opt to work on personal projects, using wood they provide.

Students who want more carving time between class sessions can also work during open studios, which are listed on the Woodworking Calendar, and during the free Carving Afternoons on Sundays from 1 to 3 pm.

Wood Sculpture
More Woodworking Classes

Carving Afternoon (Free)
Sunday, August 6, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Help Build a Tiny House
Monday, August 7, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Wood Lathe Tool Sharpening
Monday, August 7, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Help Build a Tiny House
Wednesday, August 9, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Orientation to the Woodshop
Wednesday, August 9, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1
Thursday, August 10, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Help Build a Tiny House
Friday, August 11, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2
Friday, August 11, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Woodworkers’ Monthly Presentation: Field Trip to Edensaw
Saturday, August 12, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Writers’ Studio

>Summer Story Slam

Thurs., Aug. 24
7-9 pm

Everyone’s got a story to tell …

BARN is thrilled to announce the Summer Story Slam, an opportunity for storytellers from all walks of life to get on stage and tell their stories.

THEME: Campfire Stories – True tales of camping adventures, encounters, mishaps and mayhem, including the stories you might tell around an actual campfire.

  1. 5-minute limit
  2. It’s gotta be true! (or as true as you remember it)
  3. Stick with the theme, please
  4. No notes, no props

HOW TO ENTER: No registration necessary. We’ll be collecting names in a hat to be picked at random. We have room for 10 storytellers.

Story Slam
More Writing Classes

In a Word: Jumpstart Your Imagination with Everyday Words
Saturday, August 19, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Summer Story Slam
Thursday, August 24, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Nature-Inspired Writing Workshop
September 10, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Landscape Collage Workshop
Sunday, September 10, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Nature and Creativity Retreat
Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

More Classes and Events

See all classes, meetups, and workshops in BARN’s catalog.