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    • 08/19/2022
    • 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. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.


    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.

    • 08/20/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham AL 35203
    • 1
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    *No previous wood turning experience required*

    From tall to small, from rustic to refined, the design options are endless. 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.




    • 08/22/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham AL 35203
    • 2
    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.




    • 08/27/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 6
    Register

    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.



    • 08/27/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 6
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    Angles and Assembly

    Details - While stained glass is best known as a decorative art form, if also has the functionality of cutting down the amount of light depending on certain glasses. Opaque glass for example can reduce the amount of light while the glass itself remains bright and brilliant from being backlit. Where there’s art there’s usually a utilitarian use for it! in this case students taking this class will discover how far stained glass can be used to construct a multi panel lamp shade. In this class students will be shown the various steps of application and the processes used. With this knowledge it will be up to the students to design and fabricate each piece used to create a functional piece. No prerequisites are required though a intermediate course is suggested.

    Work Involved - (cutting, soldering, grinding, filing, framework)

    Tools & Materials - (Lead came/U channel, copper foil, 60/40 lead solder, soldering irons, various color and styles of stained glass, latex gloves, diamond files, tracing sheets, pliers, glass cutters, T pins/flat nails, pin hammers, cutting oil, glass grinder, decorative chain, tinned wire, tinned jump rings, plastic water color brushes, small plastic paint cups, paper towels, flux, and patina)


    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.


    • 08/27/2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham AL 35203
    • 6
    Register

    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 Instructor: Carlo has been a passionate woodworker for 5 years and recently made the move to leave his corporate job and started his own furniture-making company, Studio al Ponte. Cutting boards were the first projects that got him started, and he’s excited to share his knowledge for makers who want to learn the craft.


    • 08/28/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 4
    Register

    Light and Shapes

    Details - light is a major component of what makes stained glass so unique. The way the colors and shapes interact with the light are not only beautiful but mesmerizing! To expand upon the effect this class will use stained glass to create a functional kaleidoscope. Students will utilize their skills to cut, join, foil, assemble, and solder pieces of glass to create a functional work of art made entirely out of glass. The processes will put nearly every skill of stained glass fabrication to the test. Though no prerequisites are required it is strongly suggested that a intermediate class be considered prior to this class.

    Work Involved - (cutting, soldering, grinding, filing, assembly of small pieces)

    Tools & Materials - (kaleidoscope kit, first surface mirror 6”x8” sheet, copper foil, 60/40 lead solder, masking tape, soldering irons, various color and styles of stained glass, latex gloves, diamond files, tracing sheets, pliers, glass cutters, T pins/flat nails, pin hammers, cutting oil, glass grinder, decorative chain, tinned wire, tinned jump rings, plastic water color brushes, small plastic paint cups, paper towels, flux, and patina)


    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.


    • 08/28/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
    • 3
    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.


    • 09/03/2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham AL 35203
    • 3
    Register

    Bottle stoppers and openers are a fun project for the lathe. Design opportunities are limited only by the turners imagination and the participant will have an opportunity to practice tool techniques and forms while producing a stopper, opener or both during the session.

    Some experience with a lathe is useful but not required. Proper use of tools and lathe safety will be stressed.

    Are minors allowed? Only if accompanied by parent.

    What to Wear: You must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in long pants, closed toe and heal shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long sleeves should be avoided. Long hair must be tied back and jewelry should not be worn. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. Ear plugs are recommended for hearing protection and dust masks are also useful. 

    About the instructor: John Sowell has been turning items for function and whimsy for about 12 years. He is primarily self taught but has studied books, videos, workshops, symposia and formal training from professional turners such as Glenn Lucas, Jimmy Clewes, Rudy Lopez and David Ellsworth.




    • 09/14/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 4
    Register

    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!!

    • 09/16/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 2
    Register

    TIG welding is most commonly used to weld thin sections of stainless steel and non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, magnesium, and copper alloys. The process grants the operator greater control over the weld than competing processes such as MIG welding, allowing for stronger, higher quality welds. Students will have the opportunity to learn the basic techniques of the TIG process and practice with feedback from an expert.

    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.

    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.

    • 09/17/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N Birmingham AL 35203
    • 4
    Register


    Learn to turn a wooden bowl on a lathe!

    This class will present fundamental techniques in woodturning with the objective of allowing you to work comfortably on your own. We will start with the basic operation of the lathe and safety. This class will focus on tools and techniques for turning wood oriented perpendicular with the bed of the lathe, specifically bowl turning. We will cover the proper use of the tools for this orientation, namely the bowl gouge and scrapers. We will start using each tool on a practice piece, and learn how to make a tenon for mounting in a chuck, then turn a bowl. We will also discuss the essential technique of sharpening these tools.


    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.

     

    • 09/26/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham AL 35203
    • 4
    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.




    • 10/14/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 3
    Register


    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. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.


    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.

    • 11/11/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 4
    Register

    TIG welding is most commonly used to weld thin sections of stainless steel and non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, magnesium, and copper alloys. The process grants the operator greater control over the weld than competing processes such as MIG welding, allowing for stronger, higher quality welds. Students will have the opportunity to learn the basic techniques of the TIG process and practice with feedback from an expert.

    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.

    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.

    • 11/16/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 4
    Register

    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!!

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