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The GRS multi-purpose vise is a handy tool for jewelers, but storing the tools is a challenge. Jewelry Studio Monitor Sue McCarthy got an idea for an elegant, affordable solution just down the hall in the Tech Lab.

Using LightBurn software and the “Big Red” laser cutter, Sue designed, cut, and built sturdy, stackable boxes out of medium-density fibreboard. She included handholds for easy portability and burned labels directly onto the boxes to keep the equipment organized.

The custom boxes keep the vises safe from damage, free up precious storage space in the studio, and cost only about $2 per box in materials. A triple win!

Meanwhile, in Fiber Arts, Jessica Rose needed a way to keep her knitting needles sorted. Jessica, who knits, spins, and dyes wool, used scrap materials and the skills she learned in Laser 101 and LightBurn to create a custom box with a lid perfectly suited to store different gauges of needles.

The Tech Lab has two laser cutters. These machines, dubbed Big Red and Little Blue, use carbon dioxide and high voltage to create a laser beam that can quickly and accurately cut or engrave a variety of materials. “They’re really powerful and useful tools,” says Tech Lab Studio Monitor and instructor Nathan Abell. He points to a case and liner he made for a torque wrench, using about $1 of MDF and recycled polyethylene foam. “It’s compact, and it’s made exactly as I want it.”

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featured classes

BARN offers both online and in-person classes.
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Introduction to the Vitrigraph Kiln

2 meetings, beginning Thursday, Feb. 22, 1-3 PM

Learn how to use vitrigraph technique to add designs to fused glass.
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All About Pie Dough: Chicken Pot Pie

Thursday, Feb. 22, 5-8 PM

Join Chef Elisa in her latest pie dough series and make a fabulously flaky and satisfyingly delicious pot pie.
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Luxurious Pillows

Friday, Feb. 23, 10 AM – 4 PM

Learn fine finishes for long-lasting, beautiful, decorative pillows by creating three pillows to take home.
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Make a Japanese Toolbox

4 meetings, beginning Tuesday, March 5, 11 AM – 2 PM

Make a Japanese toolbox in this class, which is designed for both beginning and intermediate students of Japanese woodworking techniques.
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more classes and events

Tech Lab Orientation
TECH – Saturday, March 2

Make a Hand-Sewn Hardcover Book
PRINT & BOOK – 2 meetings, beginning Saturday, March 2

Intermediate Techniques in Soft Glass: Twisty Canes
GLASS – Saturday, March 2

Stained Glass Shamrock: Luck of the Irish to You!
GLASS – Sunday, March 3

Introduction to Brazing in the Welding Shop
METAL – Sunday, March 3

French Lentil Soup
KITCHEN – Sunday, March 3

Try It! Glass Pocket Vase
GLASS – Monday, March 4

Youth Maker Mondays: Eat with Your Fingers (Ages 8-13)
KITCHEN – 3 Mondays, beginning March 4

Youth Maker Mondays: Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving (Ages 10-14)
FIBER – 3 Mondays, beginning March 4

Youth Maker Mondays: Build a Tiny House Model
WOOD – 3 Mondays, beginning March 4

Make a Steel Display Stand for Glass Art
GLASS/METAL – 3 meetings, beginning Tuesday, March 5

Crochet Techniques: Mosaic Crochet
FIBER – 2 meetings, beginning Tuesday, March 5

Machine-Made Mortise & Tenon Joints
WOOD – 2 meetings, beginning Tuesday, March 5

Unleashing Creativity with AI
TECH – Wednesday, March 6

Patternmaking for Casting in the Foundry
METAL – 2 meetings, beginning Wednesday, March 6

Independent Casting
JEWELRY – 2 meetings, beginning Saturday, March 9

Block Printing Repeat Patterns for Textiles
FIBER/PRINT & BOOK – 2 meetings, beginning Saturday, March 9

Introduction to 3D Printing
TECH – Saturday, March 9

FAMILY FUN! Retro Warp Plate for Young and Old
GLASS – Saturday, March 9

Tech Talk: Anti-Satellite Weapons
TECH – Sunday, March 10

Make-and-Bake Full-Size Veggie Lasagna
KITCHEN – Sunday, March 10

Welding: TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) #1
METAL – Sunday, March 10

Intaglio Monoprinting
PRINT & BOOK – Tuesday, March 12

Woodworking Basics: Routers
WOOD – 2 meetings, beginning Tuesday, March 12

Jazzy Geometrics
GLASS – Tuesday, March 12

Make a Set of Sporting Darts
METAL – 2 meetings, beginning Tuesday, March 12

CNC 101: Make a Sign
WOOD/TECH – 2 meetings, beginning Tuesday, March 12

Copper Foil Stained Glass
GLASS – 6 meetings, beginning Wednesday, March 13

Pi Day Pie: All About the Dough
KITCHEN – Wednesday, March 13

Check out the BARN Catalog for additional classes!

All classes are open to ages 14 and up unless otherwise noted.
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