Spring Quarter

April 20 – June 29

Summer Quarter

June 29 – August 23

Youth Summer Camps

June 22 – August 7

  • Six 1-week sessions available

2015 Summer Catalog

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Welding Faculty

Joining metal with heat is a fabrication process used since the Bronze Age, and new technology develops continually. The Crucible teaches beginning and advanced classes in four different kinds of welding: oxyacetylene gas welding, arc (or “stick”) welding, metal inert gas (MIG) welding and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. Start with a beginning class in one type of welding, or begin by exploring all four types of welding in our Exploring Welding class.

Spring Quarter

Please see the Class Index page here.

Summer Quarter

Introduction to Welded Sculpture

A great class for beginners! Learn to join metal using arc welding (also known as stick welding) to slice through it with an oxy/acetylene torch. Use power and hand tools to finish your work. You’ll make a small sculpture to take home.

MIG Welding I

Become familiar with MIG (metal inert gas, or wire-feed) welding and plasma torch cutting, and learn how to make electricity “arc” through the air to melt steel and wire, and to create a weld, or a cut.

Welding Immersion Program

Led by a professional fabrication artist over five days, you will learn to join and cut metal to create a series of custom projects using a MIG welder and plasma cutter. Work with mild steel and recycled materials to construct projects of your very own design during the open lab. Lunch and dinner will be provided, as well as a final dinner and artist reception.

TIG Welding I

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding is a precise method that makes clean, focused welds on everything from super thin to very thick materials. Using the TIG process, you can weld any metal you desire. For the beginning class, you will use steel to develop a series of fundamental welding techniques. The class will culminate in a small project to show off your newly acquired skills.

Exploring Welding

Try all four forms of welding taught here: oxyacetylene, arc (“stick”), metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG), to evaluate which is best for your style and project requirements.

Youth Intro to Welded Sculpture (Ages 12 – 17)

Youth learn to cut, fuse, bend, and shape metal creatively using arc (or “stick” welding) and oxyacetylene torch cutting under the supervision of a technical professional. Through in-depth demonstrations and one-on-one guidance youth will learn to safely and effectively operate welding equipment to create a small welded sculpture or project.

Youth Welded Sculpture Immersion Program (Ages 12 – 17)

Embark on a full week’s study of arc welding and oxy/acetylene torch cutting, becoming a young artisan by the week’s end with the skills to design and create an independent project.

Youth MIG Welding (Ages 12 – 17)

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding, also known as wire-feed welding, falls between arc welding and TIG in the welding and is used in production fabrication such as furniture making, light construction, and auto restoration.

Future Quarters

MIG Welding Friday Night Fireside

Industrial arts with a social splash – two hours of MIG welding fun followed by a drink with your classmates as you compare your finished pieces and visit. A perfect after-work decompression.

Three-Hour MIG Welding Taster

Our 3-hour Maker Tasters are a fantastic way to begin exploring industrial art and meet people with a common interest. In this MIG welding taster you’ll learn the basics of metal inert gas (MIG) welding, as well as plasma cutting and other fabrication processes. Sign up for one morning and one afternoon Taster on the same day in separate disciplines and you’ll receive a $15 discount. You’ll finish your Taster with a small finished project.

TIG Welding II

Building on what you’ve learned in TIG welding I, in this class we’ll hone your technique and expand your horizons on your way to discovering the full potential of TIG. Through a series of exercises, you’ll develop precision and control, as well as learn to prepare and weld various types of joints used in fabrication. We’ll also venture into the variety of other metals which can be welded with TIG, emphasizing aluminum and copper. This class will prepare you to work on your own, either in your own shop or through the CREATE program.

Women’s MIG Welding

This special workshop, taught by women for women, covers the same material as Introduction to Welded Sculpture. It’s a great introduction to metalworking in a supportive environment. Absolutely no experience is needed.

Welded Sculpture II

Take your sculptural techniques to the next level! Create a gallery and sale ready piece or just a quality gift for family or a friend. In this class you will learn to weld and incorporate new common metals including stainless steel and cast iron as well as develop advanced welding techniques and receive instruction on new fabrication tools. We will also introduce the possibility of incorporating prefabricated elements to enhance your piece and expand on different finishing techniques and patinas to give your sculpture a more polished, professional appearance.

Wood + Metal

Learn and apply the fundamental properties of these two titans of materials. During this class, you’ll create a custom piece of furniture that incorporates both materials and highlights the ways each complements the other. Skills covered will be MIG welding, cutting, grinding, and finishing metal as well as wood milling, gluing, joinery, sanding, and finish work. You will work closely with the core wood shop tools: table saw, jointer, planer, band saw, and router. Come to the first class with ideas and measurements for a small piece of custom wood + metal furniture. Past projects include coffee tables, book shelves and small desks.

The Art of Metal: Design & Furniture Fabrication

If you want to fabricate one-of-a-kind metal furniture for your home, this class is for you. Going beyond basic MIG welding, this ten-week class focuses on designing and fabricating functional and aesthetically interesting benches, coffee tables, flower stands, cabinets, wheeled furniture, shelves, coat racks and just about any other piece of furniture you’d like to fabricate. Be prepared to weld and cut on the first day as a review.

The Art of the One-Speed: Building a Bicycle Frame

Ever wanted to make your own bicycle frame? Here is your chance. In this class, you will make a one-speed, chrome-moly steel mountain bike frame using proven geometric principles. Learn about TIG welding, brazing, machining of tubes, bicycle geometry, materials, construction techniques, fixtures and jigs. You’ll leave this class with your own one-of-a-kind bicycle frame.

Oxyacetylene Welding

Learn to weld using a torch that burns a mixture of oxygen and acetylene gases—the hottest flame available, and the least expensive way to weld. You’ll learn about cutting, joining and shaping sheet metal to make a geometric candleholder, along with another small project of your choice. This class also covers oxyacetylene and plasma cutting, and introduces metal-joining by brazing.

Build Your Own Backyard BBQ or Fire Pit

If you’re a BBQ enthusiast or enjoy entertaining around a fire pit, why not apply your skills to design and build your own ultimate BBQ or fire pit from a recycled tank/ container and scrap metal.  The class will focus on reuse of materials to create a functional one-of-a-kind outdoor sculpture.  Enjoy the great outdoors with friends this summer by showing off your hand-crafted BBQ or fire pit. On the last day of class, we will fire up a BBQ or two and celebrate our creations with a grill-fest!

Burn Barrel

Use your creativity to design and create a decorative outdoor fire pit or burn barrel out of a steel drum. Concentration of instruction will be centered around the subtractive process using oxyacetylene torch cutting techniques. Please come to class with a sketchbook and any ideas you may have.

Welded Art Stands & Displays

Looking for an elegant way to professionally display your art pieces? Make a custom art stand or display that you’ll never find at the store. Bring your existing art pieces in order to design and fabricate a functional and aesthetically complementary stand to display and highlight the piece, while learning the basics of MIG welding, plasma cutting and metal finishing techniques to add a more polished and professional appearance.

TIG and Titanium

Titanium metal is sensitive and tricky to weld, but this one-day class will teach you the basics of titanium TIG welding with standard shop equipment. You’ll learn the properties of titanium and techniques to avoid cracking and contamination of this material, such as appropriate use of gas lenses and back-purging welds with argon to bring them down to a lower temperature. You’ll see demonstrations and practice basic and some advanced welds in class. You should have experience with TIG welding. Please bring your gloves and wear suitable clothing.

Sculpting with TIG

This class deepens your knowledge of TIG welding and gives you the practice you need to hone your skills. You’ll learn to hand-feed wire to fill gaps, and to create new forms in a variety of metals. Challenging exercises will allow you to gain the confidence to consider yourself a competent TIG welder. This class focuses on precise welding, including minimizing grinding and finishing. This is an advanced class, so bring ideas for projects that are feasible given the time and equipment available.