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    • 12/11/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers
    • 2
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    Learn 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 InstructorClasses 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 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.


    • 12/11/2021
    • 12/12/2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Red Mountain Makers - 5502 1st Avenue North
    • 0
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    Make your own personalized cutting board and learn essential shop skills in this introductory class to woodworking. In this course, you will design your own unique ~16" x 12" board from scratch by choosing from a variety of different hardwoods (hardwood supplies are provided by the class), cut them to size and assemble them. You will be taught the proper techniques to use table saw*, thickness planer, jointer and orbital sander and we’ll also continue building on the skills from the first class - proper gluing, sanding and finishing techniques - to ensure that your board will last a lifetime.

    *If you have never used a power tools like table saw, miter saw and don’t feel comfortable yet, I recommend starting with the course Cutting Boards I, which will focus on assembling pre-cut pieces.

    Day 1 Agenda: Students will design the unique look by deciding on orientation and combination of different hardwoods that will make up their own cutting board. They will then cut the pieces to the right sizes and clamp them together with wood glue.

    Day 2 Agenda: Students will remove the board from the clamps, remove excessive glue, sand the wood smooth and add details like rounded-over corners or chamfers. Finally, they’ll apply a protective coat of finish.

    Throughout the entire class an instructor will guide you through the process and guarantee your safety. If you have conflicts with attending Day 2, you may join any of the upcoming Cutting Board II class Day 2s to finish up your project.

    All materials as well as safety equipment will be provided.


    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.


    • 12/11/2021
    • 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers
    • 3
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    • 12/11/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 5502 1st Ave N, Birmingham AL 35212
    • 6
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    Have you ever wanted to learn to paint? Are you interested in tabletop games, wargaming, or just having a collection of unique character figurines that you made yourself? Come on down to the Makerspace and let us set you up with a nice array of brushes, a pre-primed figurine, and a group of like-minded friends to enjoy the art of painting alongside! New to painting? Don't worry! We can explain how to use each brush in your kit, how to care for them, how to mix colors, and anything else you might want to know! Afterwards, we'll help seal your figurine with a glossy protective finish, and it and the brushes are yours to keep!


    About the Instructor: Joshua Ingle is an avid tabletop gamer, and has been playing D&D, Pathfinder, and a smattering of other games using miniatures for about a decade. He recently took to painting his own miniatures in order to help bring his own characters to life, and is eager to share the relaxing hobby of mini painting with others!


    Are Minors allowed? Yes


    What to wearWear clothing that you don't mind staining: paints can be messy.


    Unvaccinated individuals must wear a face mask. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection. Vaccinated individuals may also wish to wear a face mask at their discretion. 


    • 12/12/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 5502 1st Ave N, Birmingham AL 35212
    • 4
    Register


    Learn how to cast silver and make jewelry!

    Casting goes as far back in time as the Bronze Age and not much has changed. Metal is heated up to melting temperature then poured into molds containing negatives of what was to be cast. For ages jewelry was made this very way. In this class students will follow this tradition in the completion of a ring. Students will design a ring then make a mold so that it can be cast in silver. Students will then proceed with the cleaning and the polishing of their piece. No previous knowledge is necessary to take this class.

     

    About the InstructorClasses 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.

    • 12/15/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 5502 1st Avenue North
    • 2
    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.


    • 12/18/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 5502 1st Ave N, Birmingham AL 35212
    • 6
    Register


    Have you ever wanted to learn to paint? Are you interested in tabletop games, wargaming, or just having a collection of unique character figurines that you made yourself? Come on down to the Makerspace and let us set you up with a nice array of brushes, a pre-primed figurine, and a group of like-minded friends to enjoy the art of painting alongside! New to painting? Don't worry! We can explain how to use each brush in your kit, how to care for them, how to mix colors, and anything else you might want to know! Afterwards, we'll help seal your figurine with a glossy protective finish, and it and the brushes are yours to keep!


    About the Instructor: Joshua Ingle is an avid tabletop gamer, and has been playing D&D, Pathfinder, and a smattering of other games using miniatures for about a decade. He recently took to painting his own miniatures in order to help bring his own characters to life, and is eager to share the relaxing hobby of mini painting with others!


    Are Minors allowed? Yes


    What to wearWear clothing that you don't mind staining: paints can be messy.


    Unvaccinated individuals must wear a face mask. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection. Vaccinated individuals may also wish to wear a face mask at their discretion. 


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