Events

Jul
11
Wed
Woodworking 101
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 5 @ 8:00 pm

This class will familiarize students with foundational woodworking skills and the tools required to process rough lumber for fine woodworking projects. The techniques you will learn in Wood 101 are required for all further woodworking classes at the Bellingham Foundry, so if you want to start learning how to use tools and process lumber, this is the class for you!

This single session class covers a number of topics essential for the beginning woodworker. First we will go over general shop safety as well as machine-specific safety notes. Participants will gain hands-on experience with all of the tools necessary (jointer, planer and chop saw) to process rough lumber into a usable piece of wood that is flat, square and true in all dimensions. We will also touch on the concepts of wood movement, grain orientation and wood selection.

Participants in this course will also get to go beyond traditional carpentry techniques with an intro to the laser cutter! After your wood block has been squared and trued, we demonstrate how to write a message of your choice on it with the laser cutter.

Aug
8
Wed
Woodworking 101
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 3 @ 8:00 pm

This class will familiarize students with foundational woodworking skills and the tools required to process rough lumber for fine woodworking projects. The techniques you will learn in Wood 101 are required for all further woodworking classes at the Bellingham Foundry, so if you want to start learning how to use tools and process lumber, this is the class for you!

This single session class covers a number of topics essential for the beginning woodworker. First we will go over general shop safety as well as machine-specific safety notes. Participants will gain hands-on experience with all of the tools necessary (jointer, planer and chop saw) to process rough lumber into a usable piece of wood that is flat, square and true in all dimensions. We will also touch on the concepts of wood movement, grain orientation and wood selection.

Participants in this course will also get to go beyond traditional carpentry techniques with an intro to the laser cutter! After your wood block has been squared and trued, we demonstrate how to write a message of your choice on it with the laser cutter.

Aug
18
Sat
Make a Doodle Bot: For Kids!
Aug 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us to construct your very own Doodle Bot! This is an introductory electronics project, where we’ll get to learn about different electronic components, and motors. And get to make a self doodling robot!!

  • No age limit
  • $15.00 online and $18.00 at the door
  • Please register early so we can be sure we have a sufficient amount of materials!
Kids Intro to Drawing
Aug 18 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Do you have a child that shows an interest for drawing and want to help them expand their techniques and skills? Well bring them down to our group class to help her/him hone their skills. This class shows our students the importants of where light hits a subject, shading to gain depth of an object and the horizon lines to establish view. once these skills are learned your child will be the best artist in your family!

  • Ages 10+
  • Learn about blending, viewpoints, lighting, and horizon lines
  • Please register early so we can be sure we have a sufficient amount of materials!
Aug
19
Sun
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Meetup
Aug 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We are entering an era in which our lives will be more and more entwined with and coerced by artificial intelligences, so I think it is important to understand both how machine learning works and how to ask a question and understand the results. There is currently a lot of hype around machine learning, but even within the field it is considered a modern alchemy with practitioners knowing how to use the incantations, but little understanding of exactly why and how it works.

This meetup is primarily for providing opportunities to practice machine-learning skills. There will be an emphasis on hands-on exercises, so some software development experience will be helpful, but not required.

Eventually, I am hoping we will be able to start performing citizen science on public datasets as people start to posit specific questions. I believe that understanding how machine learning works will help people develop questions that are appropriate for machine learning.

We will be meeting from 3 to 5 pm every third Sunday of the month at the Bellingham Makerspace, 1000 F Street, Bellingham, Washington. Free and open to everyone.

Aug
20
Mon
Zombie Flashlights: For Kids!
Aug 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Reanimate the undead flesh of your deceased batteries and create a zombie battery!

A Zombie Battery Flashlight uses a “dead” AA battery to power an LED. How does it do that? By using a circuit called a Joule Thief. A Joule Thief gets its name because it “steals” energy (a Joule is a unit of energy) from a AA battery that won’t work in other devices because it’s “dead.” (Most devices can’t use a battery that falls below 1.0 V, but that’s why the Joule Thief circuit is so cool!)

  • No age limit
  • $15.00 online and $18.00 at the door
  • Please register early so we can be sure we have a sufficient amount of materials!
Aug
21
Tue
Junk Has Soul: Create Junk Sculptures
Aug 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Join sculptor and educator Thor Myhre for a series of fun family workshops focused on STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) -powered learning!

Sculpting with the found object. Inspired by a truckload of recycled materials, students will use common hand tools to create unique works of art. They will learn innovative ways of integrating and attaching formerly unrelated items, making new discoveries about themselves and the world around them. Students will learn about great resources for future projects and walk away with a new found sense of the beauty in everyday junk.

  • Ages 8 to adult

Thor Myhre grew up on a scenic Montana farm and is now a well known Bellingham artist. His found metal sculptures grace many landscapes both public and private. Myhre’s career has also focused on teaching, workshops and community events that are inspired by creative reuse. His work is featured in documentaries, numerous public and private collections, and he has received multiple awards for advocating education and art.

Introduction to the CNC Router
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Want to learn how to carve using a CNC router? Come to our class at the Bellingham Makerspace and learn what you need to get started!

In this class you will learn how to use Easel and the X-Carve to produce a two dimensional graphic on wood. The class will cover the moving elements of the x-carve gantry and carriages, as well as safe material hold-down methods.

Once you learn these basic skills you will be able to utilize the CNC router for countless amazing projects!

Skill Level: This class is built for beginners

Topics Covered:

  • Use of 3D carving software
  • Fundamentals of the X-Carve
  • Safety procedures of carving with a CNC router
  • Hands on carving experience
Aug
22
Wed
Mask Making and Puppets with Recycled Materials
Aug 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Join sculptor and educator Thor Myhre for a series of fun family workshops focused on STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) -powered learning!

Learn to make puppets, masks or costumes with moving parts. Inspried by a truckload of recycled materials, students will use common hand tools to create unique works of kinetic art. Express or discover your innter hero as you find cool found objects to communicate layers of new ideas!

  • Ages 8 to adult

Thor Myhre grew up on a scenic Montana farm and is now a well known Bellingham artist. His found metal sculptures grace many landscapes both public and private. Myhre’s career has also focused on teaching, workshops and community events that are inspired by creative reuse. His work is featured in documentaries, numerous public and private collections, and he has received multiple awards for advocating education and art.

Intro to 3D Design and Printing for Kids
Aug 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Have an interest in 3D printing? Come to our class at the Bellingham Makerspace and learn what you need to get started!

In this class you will learn how to build a name tag keychain in Tinkercad, the steps of slicing using Cura, how to start a print on the Ultimaker, and the basic techniques to troubleshoot simple problems.

Once you have learned these basic skills you will be able to make all manner of things with a 3D printer, so stop dreaming and start making at the Bellingham Makerpsace!

Skill level: This class is built for beginners

What to Bring: PLEASE BRING A LAPTOP IF POSSIBLE. If not please inform us before hand so we can provide you with a computer to work with.

Topics Covered:

  • 3D CAD design
  • Use of 3D slicing software
  • Printing on the Ultimaker
  • Troubleshooting your prints

You will need to bring your own laptop computer with some (free) applications installed. You can follow the links below to find the downloads:

Cura

If you have trouble finding or installing the software, or need us to arrange a computer for you, that’s not a problem! Just message us about it beforehand at education@bellinghamfoundry.com, and we will help you out with whatever you need.

This class is intended to for Kids 8+