Red Mountain Makers

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    • 09/28/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 0
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    Learn how to solder and get a FREE month of membership ($40 value)!

    In this introductory crash course you'll have the opportunity to practice the basics of through-hole soldering with an electronics expert who has decades of experience. 

    You'll also get some background on the history of soldering, electronics components, and more advanced soldering techniques.

    About the Instructor:

    Rick Curl has been working in electronic design for more than 50 years and holds seven U.S. patents. He is currently Chief Engineer at Hatchery Electronics. He works with both analog and digital designs, including embedded microcontroller projects. He has extensive experience with digital PBX systems and automated high voltage test equipment design (over a million volts!!). He enjoys working on unusual projects, such as the solar powered automatic henhouse door.

    Rick has designed hundreds of circuit boards, both through-hole and surface mount. He is eager to share many tips and tricks with you!

    We're looking forward to learning with you!!

    • 09/30/2022
    • 7:00 PM - 11:59 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
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    We will be hosting a game night and TTRPG (GURPS) session in the classroom at RMM. Come join us for a night of fun and adventure!

    Session 0 will be mainly focused on setting up the expectations for the party, what everyone likes in a game, what everyone wants to explore. 

    In addition to hosting the TTRPG session, we'll have several board games going including Wingspan, Everdell, Ticket to Ride, Sushi GO!, Arboretum, and more!

    About the Dungeon Master:

    Josh Ingle  is an avid tabletop gamer, and has been playing D&D, Pathfinder, and has been a Dungeon Master for 11 years! He also spends time crafting, 3d printing and painting custom figures for his campaigns!

    • 10/01/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 6
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    A blacksmiths skill is not just rated on how fast or well-defined they can make pieces repetitively but how closely they can mimic each piece! Precision is key and the ability to recreate pieces over and over that visually match one another demonstrates the talent of a smith. From small pieces to large it is important to have continuity between pieces. In this class students will create S hooks with the goal to make each one they produce mimic the last with as little difference between them as possible. 


    There will be no refunds within 14 days of the event.


    About the Instructor
    Class is taught by Sean Lytle, who has been training extensively with Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge

    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wear: At RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.



    • 10/01/2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 6
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    image3.jpegStudents will learn how to forge a key fob in the shape of a leaf. Floral and decorative patterns are a hallmark of smithing; rather it’s for a unique decoration or repeating pattern. It is often a artistic liberty used to enhance work as well as show likeness through the dichotomy of the hard steel and organic shape. In this class students will advance their skills by forging a key-fob in the shape of a leaf. Techniques such as dishing, pattern impression, and brush gilding will be introduced.

    There will be no refunds within 14 days of the event.


    About the InstructorClass is taught by Sean Lytle, who has been training extensively with Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge

    Prerequisites: Recommended to take "Learn to Forge nails" first

    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wearAt RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.

    • 10/02/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
    • 6
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    Punching through hot metal is a technique used in a time before drills and other methods for boring holes in metal were possible. Students who take this class will learn and utilize this technique in conjunction with various forms of shaping metal to produce a bottle opener.

    This class is designed around the precision students will need to successfully create a working bottle opener while honing their sculpting skills. Though no previous knowledge is required for this course it is suggested that students have a basic understanding of blacksmithing.

    About the InstructorClass is taught by Sean Lytle, who has trained extensively with Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge


    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wear: At RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.


    • 10/08/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
    • 6
    Register

    https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/188122309683445761/820039968822919178/IMG_9500.PNGLearn how to forge a knife out of a railroad spike

    This is the perfect class to learn one of the basics of knives-making: balancing durability and hardness of the metal to make the perfect blade!

    Students will utilize a high carbon railroad spike and learn methods that induce carbon into the metal while also learning how to temper in a process called normalization. The metal will then posses both features of a durable and hard metal that is ideal for knives.

    As far as knives are concerned, the harder the steel, the better the edge, however, the harder edge makes for a brittle knife. A balance is needed between the soft flexible metal and the hard brittle metal to achieve a knife that will hold an edge without breaking. In this class more techniques for blade smithing will be covered, including various heat treatments, tapering, and tempering methods used to maximize strength with durability. 

    About the InstructorClass is taught by Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge

    Prerequisites: Recommended to take "Learn to Forge nails" first

    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wearAt RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.


    • 10/08/2022
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N Birmingham AL 35203
    • 6
    Register

    ALABAMA WOODTURNER'S ASSOCIATION CLASS SERIES: TBD

    (free for all AWA members)

    Following their monthly meeting, AWA hosts a class about the demonstration that occurred in the morning. This post will be updated once the subject has been defined.

    Be sure to attend the AWA meeting in the morning (9:00 AM at Hardware Park https://alabamawoodturners.com/meetings/)


    About the Instructor:

    Carl Cummins has been woodturning as a primary activity for over 10 years.  He has studied extensively from books, videos, workshops, symposiums, and formal training from nationally and internationally known leaders in the field including David Ellsworth and Jean-Francois Escoulen.  Instead of specializing, Carl enjoys a wide variety of woodturning projects including bowls, boxes, practical items, and eccentric art pieces.


    Are Minors allowed? Only if accompanied by parent.

     

    What to wear: You must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long sleeves should be avoided if possible and rolled up if necessary. Long hair must be tied back and dangly necklaces, earrings or other accessories shall be removed before starting the class. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. Masks may be required depending on circumstances.



    • 10/08/2022
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 6
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    Cutting glass into various shapes and knowing how to use your tools is essential towards creating a glass masterpiece. In this class students will be introduced to the various tools and the proper methods of utilization and handling of glass to successfully and safely cut and solder the pieces together. A little bit of everything will be covered In this class with emphasis focused on cutting glass and how certain colors work better in combination than others. Students will take what they learned and with the tools and supplies provided, construct a stained glass coaster demonstrating what was learned. This is a great class for the beginner or the timid. No previous classes are necessary!

    There will be no refunds within 14 days of the event.


    About the Instructor: Class is taught by Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge

    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wear: At RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.

    • 10/14/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
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    Develop fundamental skills in creating and repairing metal objects under the instruction of Stephen Charles. This introductory class includes a crash course in the MIG welding process, metal cutting, grinding, as well as the basics of hand tool use and shop safety.

    Students will leave with a wide familiarity of skills and studio techniques.

    NOTE: This class is a pre-requisite for the Project-Based Metalcraft class.


    What to wear: At RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. 


    About the Instructor: Stephen Charles is a former Welding Engineer with many years of experience in production welding and custom fabrication. He has taught hundreds of beginners in the basics of welding and fabrication. Also, he’s pretty funny, so if you don’t have a sense of humor there will be many moments of awkward silence.

    • 10/15/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham AL 35203
    • 3
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    *No previous woodturning experience required*

    From tall to small, from rustic to refined, the design options are endless. The vase and goblet use a very similar process, but the goblet is more challenging. You may turn the design of your choice. Along the way we will cover the basics of using a lathe safely, how to use woodturning tools effectively, plus sanding and finishing.

    About the Instructor: Carl Cummins has been woodturning as a primary activity for over 10 years. He has studied extensively from books, videos, workshops, symposiums, and formal training from nationally and internationally known leaders in the field including David Ellsworth and Jean-Francois Escoulen. Instead of specializing, Carl enjoys a wide variety of woodturning projects including bowls, boxes, practical items, and eccentric art pieces.

     

    Are Minors allowed? Yes, accompanied by parent.

     

    What to wear: You must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long sleeves should be avoided if possible and rolled up if necessary. Long hair must be tied back and dangly necklaces, earrings or other accessories shall be removed before starting the class. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. Masks may be required depending on circumstances.




    • 10/15/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 4
    Register

    There will be no refunds within 14 days of the event.

    About the Instructor: Class is taught by Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge

    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wear: At RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.


    • 10/15/2022
    • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
    • 6
    Register

    https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/188122309683445761/820039968822919178/IMG_9500.PNGLearn how to forge a knife out of a railroad spike

    This is the perfect class to learn one of the basics of knives-making: balancing durability and hardness of the metal to make the perfect blade!

    Students will utilize a high carbon railroad spike and learn methods that induce carbon into the metal while also learning how to temper in a process called normalization. The metal will then posses both features of a durable and hard metal that is ideal for knives.

    As far as knives are concerned, the harder the steel, the better the edge, however, the harder edge makes for a brittle knife. A balance is needed between the soft flexible metal and the hard brittle metal to achieve a knife that will hold an edge without breaking. In this class more techniques for blade smithing will be covered, including various heat treatments, tapering, and tempering methods used to maximize strength with durability. 

    About the InstructorClass is taught by Sean Lytle, who has trained extensively with Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge

    Prerequisites: Recommended to take "Learn to Forge nails" first

    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wearAt RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.


    • 10/16/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
    • 6
    Register

    https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/188122309683445761/820039968822919178/IMG_9500.PNGLearn how to forge a knife out of a railroad spike

    This is the perfect class to learn one of the basics of knives-making: balancing durability and hardness of the metal to make the perfect blade!

    Students will utilize a high carbon railroad spike and learn methods that induce carbon into the metal while also learning how to temper in a process called normalization. The metal will then posses both features of a durable and hard metal that is ideal for knives.

    As far as knives are concerned, the harder the steel, the better the edge, however, the harder edge makes for a brittle knife. A balance is needed between the soft flexible metal and the hard brittle metal to achieve a knife that will hold an edge without breaking. In this class more techniques for blade smithing will be covered, including various heat treatments, tapering, and tempering methods used to maximize strength with durability. 

    About the InstructorClass is taught by Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge

    Prerequisites: Recommended to take "Learn to Forge nails" first

    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wearAt RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.


    • 10/16/2022
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers
    • 6
    Register

    Forging A Letter Opener

    In this class students will craft a letter opener by flattening and shaping a piece of steel rod into a edged blade. Hammer skills and tolerances will be covered, as well as going over buffing/polishing and the various types of finishes for the blade. This class will involve grinding/sanding and using the buffing wheel. No prior classes or knowledge is required for this class.

    Classes taught by Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge

    There will be no refunds within 14 days of the event.

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    • 10/22/2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham AL 35203
    • 4
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    Get introduced to the beautiful craft of woodworking by making your own cutting board.

    You will choose from a variety of designs composed of different native hardwoods, learn proper assembling, gluing, sanding and finishing techniques and will be taught how to correctly use thickness planer and orbital sander.

    After this 3-hour course, you will bring home a stylish ~ 8.5" x 11" handmade board that you can show off to your friends and family.

    Check out the designs available to make during this class here


    What to wear: You must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long sleeves should be avoided if possible and rolled up if necessary. Long hair must be tied back and dangly necklaces, earrings or other accessories shall be removed before starting the class. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed.


    About the InstructorTerry Tingle is the president of the Alabama Woodturners Association and is a member of The American Association of Woodturners. Terry has been doing woodworking since 2014, and has taught students how to create cutting board designs, cut segments, glue and use a variety of clamps, and how to use planers and orbital sanders, and how to use the right finishes to preserve cutting boards. Terry is knowledgeable and experienced in making long grain, edge grain, and end grain cutting boards. He especially enjoys seeing the expression of a student who has just learned how to make something that looks great and is so useful. And cutting boards make great gifts!



    • 10/22/2022
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 6
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    For centuries various types of acids such as vinegar was used to etch and embellish designs into metal. To honor these traditions, students will utilize their creativity to design and cut a necklace pendant in one metal or in a combination of brass, copper or nickel silver. Using acid, students will etch out a design of their creation toward the completion of a necklace pendant.


    There will be no refunds within 14 days of the event.


    About the Instructor
    Class is taught by Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge

    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wear: At RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.



    • 10/24/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham AL 35203
    • 3
    Register

    Learn the beautiful craft of pen-turning 

    In this introductory course to wood turning, you'll be shown how to turn a beautiful wooden pen on the lathe.


    Over a couple of hours, you'll produce a gorgeous piece that is a perfect present for a dear one (or for yourself!) and learn the basics of woodturning, safety behind the lathe and its operations, as well as the different gouges to use in the process.


    About the Instructor: Terry Tingle is the president of the Alabama Woodturners Association and is a member of The American Association of Woodturners. Terry has been teaching students how to turn pens for years, some of whom have had their exhibitions in Art and Craft Shows throughout Alabama, including Mentone.

     

    Are Minors allowed? Yes, accompanied by parent.

     

    What to wear: You must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long sleeves should be avoided if possible and rolled up if necessary. Long hair must be tied back and dangly necklaces, earrings or other accessories shall be removed before starting the class. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. Masks may be required depending on circumstances.




    • 10/29/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 4
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    Making nails has been one the oldest forms of Blacksmithing for centuries. It is usually the first task of any apprentice to learn the basics skills necessary toward becoming a blacksmith.

    This course does not require a lot of strength nor skill-set prior to the class. For these reasons it is the perfect starting lesson for those wanting to try their hand at some old fashioned Blacksmithing. This course will teach students the proper terms, techniques, and protocols required to successfully create usable nails. For anyone looking to get a basic understanding of Blacksmithing, this is the course for you.


    There will be no refunds within 14 days of the event.


    About the Instructor:
    Class is taught by Sean Lytle, who has trained extensively with
     Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge over the past year.

    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wear: At RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.



    • 10/29/2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 6
    Register


    There will be no refunds within 14 days of the event.


    About the Instructor:
    Class is taught by Sean Lytle, who has trained extensively with
     Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge over the past year.

    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wear: At RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.



    • 10/30/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 6
    Register