Turn your beat-up bike into a like-new beauty, or learn tips for keeping your bike in great shape.
Rent a Bike Repair Stand or take a beginner repair class.
The Bike Repair Room is equipped with five bike stations, each with a cabinet of basic tools including a wheel truing stand, and compressed air for quick tire inflation. A water-based solvent tank and specialty tools are also available, including a headset press, a fork alignment gauge and all other necessary tools.
This facility strives to keep cyclists in the saddle with all the tools necessary to keep a well maintained bicycle.
Additionally, the Craft Center store sells the basic items needed to keep any bike operational including tubes, patch kits, cables and housing.
Ceramics classes teach students basic pottery techniques including wheel throwing, use of tools, trimming and glazing.
Beginning and intermediate classes are offered, and clay is provided for those taking a class.
"A very fun, creative atmosphere to be in!"
The Ceramics Studio is equipped with 16 electric wheels, a kick wheel, a slab roller, two electric kilns and a pug mill. The kilns fire to cone five. Tools, glazes and firings are included with a ceramics area pass.
Flameworking students create their own beads, pendants, jars and small sculptures using borosilicate or moretti glass.
Flameworking and glass intro classes are offered. Oxygen and propane are provided.
"This is awesome! It's fire, glass, and three-dimensional objects."
The Flameworking Studio is equipped with torches, two major burner torches, two kilns, state of the art eye protection, and all the glass working tools needed. The class and quarter pass include access to the area, tools, and safety glasses. Oxygen and propane are included for class participants during their respective class times.
Classes are available in Flameworking (borosilicate glass), and Glass Bead Making (moretti glass). Enjoy making beads, pendants, jewelry, jars, and small sculptures.
Learn how to cut, form and solder metal; cast jewelry and set stones. Classes offered in casting and smithing.
"It's a place to chill out and make things I can wear."
The Jewelry Studio is equipped with all the tools necessary for both casting and smithing.
In the summer of 2011, the jewelry studio space was expanded by converting recycled bowling alley lanes into table tops. The result is a fresh looking facility with ample room to express your creativity.
Class completion is required before permission to use the studio is granted, so register for a class during the first two weeks of each quarter to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Learn the techniques necessary to create unique pieces. Beginning and advanced students welcome.
"When you make stuff, people go 'WOW!'"
The Stained Glass Studio provides the tools, solder and copper tape needed to create two or three-dimensional projects. Scrap glass is available, or choose from a wide variety of sheet glass sold in the store.
Learn how to shape your surfboard and customize it for your body and your style.
"It's something I've always wanted to do, and actually getting to do it is great!"
The Craft Center Surfboard Shaping Room has six shaping bays equipped with shadow lights and racks. There is also a separate room and overhead racks for board storage.
The quarter pass includes access to the room at any time, tools, and storage for one board. Those taking the class will receive a surfboard blank, instruction, and tips on artwork.
The class does not include glassing.
Have a great time creating a personalized surfboard;
the only board in the world with your initials on the deck.
Students choose any woodworking project, and class instructors show them how to build their creations.
Specialty classes are also offered for building skateboards, guitars, segmented bowls and drums.
The Woodshop is a tightly configured space with a few key tools suitable for most projects. Our table saw, miter saw, and bandsaw provide the cutting alternatives needed to build almost anything.
More specifically, the shop is equipped with a 10" Delta table saw, a 12" sliding compound miter saw, a 14" Delta bandsaw, a 6" jointer, a 20" surface sander, a router table, a spindle sander, a 12" disk/belt sander, a drill press, an assortment of smaller power tools, 32" Powermatic and 12" pen lathes, and the space needed to assemble and build your projects.
Free safety classes are offered to beginning woodworkers who would like to learn how to use all of the power tools, and a written test is required as well. Try woodworking today; this is a skill that will last you a lifetime.
Baseball Bat Making
Have you ever wished you could make your own baseball bat? Apparently many people have, so the Craft Center is now offering baseball bat classes. Bat class participants are given a billet to turn on our Powermatic lathe. Once complete, bats can be painted or varnished and wood burned for a customized appearance. Since we started offering these classes they have been filling to capacity, so register early and take your finished product to the fields for stunning homeruns and bragging rights.
Skateboard Deck Building
Building skateboard decks has become a very popular craft class over the past few years. Using thin, high-quality plywood as laminate layers, students build and bend their boards to create long and short skateboards. Once the boards are laminated with 5 layers of thin plywood held together by wood glue, the decks are cut using the bandsaw. Students are then given the option to use high-quality wood burning tools to create designs on the board decks. The results are often quite remarkable. Skateboards are built in the woodshop, and this requires taking a safety class from our capable staff. Register early for this class, it fills to capacity every quarter.