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Brookfield Craft Center has a full catalog of foundation-level classes and workshops for rank beginners. Small class sizes and personal attention make beginner-level courses fun and informative for students looking to try something new. Once you have tackled a course designated for beginners, students graduate to experienced beginner status and are eligible to participate in BCC's monitored open studio program.
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Floor Loom Weaving
Tuition $270.00
Class is running

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Christine Wilkinson
FW7401 Oct 24, 31, Nov 7, 28, Dec 5, 12, 2017 (5-8pm) 6 Tuesdays (LTB Studio)

This class offers beginning weavers and advanced beginning weavers the opportunity to learn through direct experience the basic set-up of a multi-shaft floor loom while exploring a variety of weave structures. Every student selects an individual project and works at her/his own pace. With a wide range of projects being worked on during the class, weavers learn from and get inspired by others in the group. Beginning students start with a sampler that introduces the new weaver to the steps of setting up a warp and some basic weaving methods, such as plain weave, twill weave and overshot weave. After completing the first sampler, students choose projects that match their individual interests. Possible second projects include scarves, table runners, pillow covers, shawls and fabric for garments. Class includes an additional 9 hours of open studio time, allowing students to work on their piece outside of class. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Intro Bladesmithing on Thanksgiving Weekend
Tuition $280.00
CLASS FULL; write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson CLASS FULL

MK7403 Nov 25 & 26 2017 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
In this two day class students will make a full tang cord wrapped handle knife. Students can expect to leave with a finished sharp knife and will learn all of the basics of bladesmithing. Starting with forging the blade to shape then grinding, heat treating, polishing and sharpening. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Pens on the Lathe
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $10.00
Beginner
Don Metz

WT7405 Nov 25, 2017 (10am-1pm) Saturday (Turning Studio)

If you've ever wanted to learn how to use a lathe, making a wooden pen is a great place to start. Using off-the-shelf pen kits you'll learn how to make one of the most satisfying lathe projects. Pens are fast and easy to make and the results are spectacular. They make great conversation pieces and are always appreciated as gifts. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $10.00 will be added to the tuition.
The Blacksmith's Gift
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty
MB7404 Dec 2 & 3 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

'Tis the season and everybody loves a handmade gift, especially one forged by your own hands. On Saturday we will make a variety of stocking stuffers; key rings, bottle openers etc. Expect to make at least three. All projects will be accessible to beginners with various flourishes available for more experienced students. We will also address adding a surface finish to add rust protection and give a finished appearance to your gifts. On Sunday we'll have a bigger project for beginners or students can work on something of their own. If you have a project in mind please contact the instructor in advance to discuss. Included in this class is one 3 hour open studio session at the forge, held Friday nights from 6 to 9 pm, giving students time to finish up any of their projects from the weekend class. Ages 16 and above. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Lampwork Glass Bead Intro
Tuition $100.00

Materials Fee: $20.00
Beginners
Ellen Morrell

GL7403 Dec 2, 2017 (10-2pm) Saturday (Glass Studio)
You can learn to make your own glass beads! This 4-hour workshop provides you with the opportunity to try your hand at lampworking on a propane.oxygen-fueled torch. Learn basic information about safety, the use of the torch and other lampworking equipment, as well as an introduction to basic glass beadmaking techniques. After this short workshop, you should expect to have a handful of your very own beads. Ages 16 and over. We will be working with an open flame so please wear a long sleeved shirt and pull long hair back. A $20 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
Success with SketchUp
Tuition $120.00

Beginner
David Heim
SE7401 Dec 2, 2017 (10:00am-4:30 pm) Saturday (River Room)

SketchUp is a powerful 3D design program that more and more people use for woodworking, blacksmithing, woodturning, and other crafts. This course is for people who have not used the program at all. You will begin with exercises to learn how to navigate the 3D drawing space and use SketchUp's drawing and modeling tools. You also learn the rules for success--essential good practices to ensure that SketchUp does what you want it to. You will apply those new skills and rules to create at least one original model. This will give you the knowledge and confidence to keep using SketchUp profitably in your own artistic endeavors. Bring a laptop (Mac or Windows), with the free version of SketchUp already installed. Go to www.sketchup.com to download the program called SketchUp Make. Ages 18 and over.
Bottle Stoppers & Ornaments
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $15
Beginner

Jim Degen


WT7403 Dec 3, 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Sunday (Turning Studio)

This is a hands-on class for beginners and experienced beginners. It is a great opportunity to make several gifts for the holiday season. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $15.00 will be added to the tuition.

Basic Metalsmithing & Simple, Safe Home Jewelry Studio Set-up
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan
JF7406 Dec 5, 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Tuesday (Jewelry Studio)

Have you ever wanted to learn basic metalsmithing skills & have your own in-home studio with a soldering station, but you didn't know where to start? In this class you'll learn the basic steps to design a simple piece of jewelry using introductory metalsmithing skills and techniques. Also included is how to set up a simple and safe home studio -- whether it's in a dedicated location or at your kitchen table.
Students will learn studio and personal safety, bench set-up, sawing and piercing metal, proper filing techniques, texturing, hammering, basic soldering skills using a butane torch, adding a patina.
Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $35.00 will be added to the tuition.
Kitchen knife
Tuition $280.00
CLASS FULL; write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson CLASS FULL

MK7402 Dec 9 & 10 2017 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

In this two day class students will make their own chef's knife from high carbon steel. All aspects of bladesmithing with be covered from forging the blade to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally sharpening. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Pens on the Lathe
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $10.00
Beginner
Don Metz

WT7406 Dec 23, 2017 (10am-1pm) Saturday (Turning Studio)

If you've ever wanted to learn how to use a lathe, making a wooden pen is a great place to start. Using off-the-shelf pen kits you'll learn how to make one of the most satisfying lathe projects. Pens are fast and easy to make and the results are spectacular. They make great conversation pieces and are always appreciated as gifts. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $10.00 will be added to the tuition.
Floor Loom Weaving
Tuition $270.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Christine Wilkinson
FW8102 Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 2018 (5-8pm) 6 Tuesdays (LTB Studio)

This class offers beginning weavers and advanced beginning weavers the opportunity to learn through direct experience the basic set-up of a multi-shaft floor loom while exploring a variety of weave structures. Every student selects an individual project and works at her/his own pace. With a wide range of projects being worked on during the class, weavers learn from and get inspired by others in the group. Beginning students start with a sampler that introduces the new weaver to the steps of setting up a warp and some basic weaving methods, such as plain weave, twill weave and overshot weave. After completing the first sampler, students choose projects that match their individual interests. Possible second projects include scarves, table runners, pillow covers, shawls and fabric for garments. Class includes an additional 9 hours of open studio time, allowing students to work on their piece outside of class. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Tuition $170.00

Materials Fee: 20.00
Beginner

Chris Doherty
MB8107 Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018 (4-6 pm) 4 Fridays (Forge)

This four session class will let young people (ages 13 to 17) who are interested get their feet wet in the craft and help decide if itís something they want to pursue. In the course of making objects such as a J-hook, BBQ tool or other projects in a coal forge, the student will begin to learn a variety of basic blacksmithing techniques that every blacksmith uses every time he or she lights a forge. Safety and protective gear will be covered before work starts and proper technique (designed to prevent injury or stress) will be covered. A $20 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
Weaving on the Go! Rigid Heddle
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $20.00
Beginner
Christine Wilkinson
FW8103 Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018 (1-4pm) 4 Tuesdays (LTB Studio)

This workshop is an introduction to the basics of weaving. Using a portable rigid heddle loom, you will learn how to set up the loom with the warp and how to make a plain weave piece in mixed textures or colors. The first project will be a scarf and you may be able to complete two scarves during the workshop. Students will learn about fibers best suited for weaving, different weaving structures, and the elements of designing their own unique creations. Students can bring their own rigid heddle loom, purchase one from the instructor ($145), or rent ($35) with option to buy at the end of the workshop. Beginners welcome. Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $20.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB8102 Jan 20 & 21, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Woodturning
Tuition $240.00

Beginner
Jim Degen

WT8103 Jan 27 & 28, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Turning Studio)

From spindle to bowl, this class will provide you with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of woodturning in a fun, open and sharing atmosphere. Whether you're a rank beginner or need to improve your current skills, you will be guided through proper tool selection, sharpening, safety and technique to allow you to realize the vast possibilities of turning. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $25.00 will be added to the tuition.

   
 
 
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