Posts by VCL

Shop Apron Workshop

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Shop Apron is a great accessory for any craftsperson. (and a perfect Christmas gift)              specially popular with woodworkers, but be it a blacksmith or a shoemaker, many trades appreciate it,s protection and many pockets! For this course we prepared a Pattern, that will fit the 10th to 90th percentile on the shop bell curve, meaning average size +/-. What to bring: your curiosity, and it would be helpful to bring along a strong pair of scissors. Equipment:  We’ll be using industrial straight stitch sewing machines,  the CoLab also will supply black and white thread, pattern, cutting table, fabric punches, iron/ironing table, etc Materials: Materials can be purchased at the course for $30, ( includes heavy natural coloured canvas, Nylon straps copper rivets and grommets ) It is open to participants to bring your own material, or supplying some other material for ‘pockets’ and or ties/straps… Instructor: Don Carmichael, is The veteran Sewer at the CoLab. Cost: Course fee is $50 + materials $30, for a grad total of $80 you get a awesome shop apron! Where: at the CoLab 1907 Triumph Street, Vancouver When: December 10th 2016 Maximum 3 people (Reasonably new or veteran sewers welcome) please register...

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Introduction to MIG welding

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Workshops | 0 comments

  Welding Safely All students will be required to wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required by Vancouver Community Laboratory safety policy which students will receive prior to the first class. This includes, but is not limited to: All-leather boots or shoes (steel-toed boots preferred) Long pants and long-sleeved shirt, or coveralls (dark-coloured, natural fibers only). Extra layers & a high neck-line is recommended for upper body Welding cap or bandana Safety goggles, or face shield if you wear glasses Respiratory protection if possible   Leather welding gloves and welding helmet will be provided Optional: Pair of MIG pliers or needle nose pliers if you’ve got ’em   Welding Basics Focus will be on all to do with MIG welding on mild steel, including the proper set-up, operation of, and shut-down of a MIG welder. You will learn about different shielding gasses, their uses and effects on steel and other metals, safe handling of gas bottles and how to treat them once used up. You will learn what to look for in good and bad welds, how to watch your puddle while dealing with a large nozzle and how to maintain the welding gun for optimal performance. Students will be given demos on how to weld different styles of joints in flat position, and practice time for each type if time allows. Students with more experience may get instruction on welding joints in horizontal or vertical positions if time allows.   About the Instructor Lesha Koop graduated from the welding and steel fabrication programs at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BC in 2003. Since then she has worked in various industrial shops, and currently creates custom mounting systems for museum displays in Vancouver. In 2007 she took a break to pursue training in blacksmithing and metal casting at Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC and combines all these skills into her practice as a sculptor and fabricator. Registration deadline: November 26th When: Saturday December 3rd, 1pm – 5pm Where: Vancouver Community Laboratory, 1907 Triumph Street, Vancouver Class size min 3 max 6. Course is $60 for members, $70 for non-members. Prepayment is required, please register at leshakoophines@gmail.com payment is currently only per e-transfer possible toleshakoophines@gmail.com (please send the password in a private e-mail ) Cancellation Deadline: Wednesday November 30th,...

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Drill Bit Sharpening

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015 in Workshops | 0 comments

in this 2 hour workshop you will learn how to sharpen a standard metal twist drill bit on a bench grinder by hand, if there is time left we can go into more detail or other types of drill bits Structure: the basic principle of the cutting edge, which applies to any cutting tool the angles of the bit Demo Practice Please bring: your  curious inquiring mind personal safety equipment if you have some (safety googles, ear pugs or muffs) long sleeve, long leg cotton clothing, close toed shoes   About the Instructor: Markus Kirchgasser, aka Max is a Millwright with more that 15 years of experience in the industry, and in his spare time a adapt Blacksmith, Machinist, Woodworker.   When: Saturday, January 30th 2016, 1:00pm to 3:00pm Where: Vancouver Community Laboratory, 1907 Triumph Street, Vancouver Members: $15, non Members: $20, Class size min: 3, max: 8 please register at: vancolabs.workshops@gmail.com    ...

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Wood Carving Workshop

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015 in Workshops | 0 comments

In this 4 hour workshop Angel Hall will give you a introduction to the vast world of wood carving you will explore how to realize your project from a block of wood to your finished piece  the basic principles of different carving techniques tool care Please bring: a sketch of a project you are interested to work on, if you don’t have an idea yet,we can get you started on a project like a decorative bowl a block of quarter sawn Softwood if you have Instructor: Angel Hall (the picture above is a Yellow Cedar Mask of her’s)  When: March 20th 2016,  6pm to 10pm  Where: Vancouver Community Laboratory, 1907 Triumph Street, Vanoucver Members: $40, non Members: $50, excluding Materials Class size min: 4, max: 8 please register at: vancolabs.workshops@gmail.com or...

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Knife and Chisel Sharpening Workshop

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015 in Workshops | 0 comments

In this 2 to 3 hour Workshop you will learn the basics of hand sharpening your tools, knifes and chisels to a razor edge. including: an introduction to the different techniques of sharpening correct body position Waterstone maintenance how to keep your tools sharp How to look at the knife and see what you are doing please bring: one or two of your cutting tools you are interested in sharpening. i.e. knifes, chisels, gouges A Waterstone and Strop if you own one   Instructor: Angel Hall When: February 21st 2016,   6pm to 8pm Where: Vancouver Community Laboratory, 1907 Triumph Street, Vanoucver Members: $20, non Members: $30 Class size min: 2, max: 8 please register at: angel.bootstrap@gmail.com  ...

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