Workshop

Workshops and Classes held at Quelab


CLASS – Introductory Woodworking Workshop Series

Learn woodworking at Quelab’s fully-equipped wood shop! The Basic Woodworking course is designed for the average person who would like to learn how do wood working projects and learn how to use both hand and power tools. The course will expose attendees to all facets of wood working and include planning, preparing and finishing projects. Attendees will design and build a project of their own selection.

Darrel Knutson, John “JT” Benedetto, and Gönner will be facilitating an Eight-Week Introductory Woodworking course on Mondays, 6 PM – 8 PM.

All the sessions for the course will be held in both the Core and MASTS Wood section. The class will be $100 for the whole 8 week course, and members get a 60% discount ($40 for the entire run)This course is limited to adults 18+.

We will be looking to offer a future Basic Woodworking course open to ages 14 and over accompanied by a parent/guardian, so keep an eye out!


[SERIES] Introductory Electronics Theory

New member Greg Crabtree will be hosting Introductory Electronics Theory for all who are interested. These lessons will focus on the basic principles and concepts (Ohms Law, etc) that make all electronic circuits work. This is to support whatever hands-on project you’re working on at Quelab.

These lessons will start as a kind of open study group, meeting every week, with both group and individual sessions. We’ll start with the basics and work up from there to whatever topic you are interested in. You do not need any electronics background to get started, members can join the study group at any time, and you don’t have to attend every session. If you already know the basics, but want to learn more about an advanced topic, please ask and we’ll dive into it with you if we can.

We’ve set up an Eventbrite event for this class, and you can register here: http://quelab-electronics-study-group.eventbrite.com

About the teacher: Greg Crabtree has a degree in Electronics (1986), another degree in Renewable Energy (2006), and has worked professionally for nearly 30 years in electronics as a TV & Radio broadcast engineer, recording studio engineer, marine electronics tech (ship radar & navigation systems), avionics technician, and solar energy systems. Greg has also been a high school teacher, a musician and music teacher, and a private pilot.


Last-minute Arduino class buyers guide

[Edit: Arduino class has been rescheduled to Saturday March 21 due to shipping delays from winter superstorm Thor, if you are registered on Eventbrite you should have already received an email about this schedule change, and you are still registered to attend the event on the new day of Saturday March 21.]

 

This coming Saturday, we’re having an Arduino class! Some people don’t have an arduino though and didn’t order a kit with their ticket (or found out about it late.) For those of us who are willing to throw some money at the problem, here’s a few options! These are all available with Amazon’s 2-day prime shipping. You can get overnight shipping and, if you’re super desperate some have same-day shipping. (more…)


Arduino class sign ups end at midnight Monday Feb 23

[Edit: Arduino class has been rescheduled to Saturday March 21 due to shipping delays from winter superstorm Thor, if you are registered on Eventbrite you should have already received an email about this schedule change, and you are still registered to attend the event on the new day of Saturday March 21.]

There are just a few spots left for the Arduino class happening at Quelab on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, but hurry — sign ups end at midnight Monday February 23 so we will have time to order Arduinos for participants.

There are also a few discounted tickets left for folks bringing their own Arduinos. If we haven’t sold out of those tickets before the class those will be available at the door, but if you want to ensure your place in class the best way to do that is to buy a ticket via eventbrite.


Arduino Afternoon (to be rescheduled!)

This class has been Postponed!

Eventbrite - Arduino Afternoon w/ the Adafruit Learning System

Have you wanted to break into the world of programmable microcontrollers and hobby electronics? Do you want to get your feet under you with the help of fellow hobbists? Then join Quelab for an afternoon of Arduino learning, utilizing the Adafruit Learning System! Reservations close the Wednesday before, so we can have the Arduinos here in time.

This class will come with an Arduino learning pack from Adafruit (containing LEDs, Jumper Cables, a breadboard, resistors, a USB cable, and an Arduino), and participants are asked to bring a laptop with the Arduino IDE installed (as of this writing, v1.0.6) available for Mac, Linux, and Windows here. (We will have a limited number of loaner laptops available for those who need them).

What is Arduino?
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for anyone making interactive projects. You can tell your Arduino what to do by writing code in the Arduino programming language and using the Arduino development environment.
http://arduino.cc/

What is the Adafruit Learning System?
Adafruit was founded in 2005 by MIT engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Adafruit has grown to over 50 employees in the heart of NYC with a 15,000+ sq ft. factory. Adafruit has expanded offerings to include tools, equipment and electronics that Limor personally selects, tests and approves before going in to the Adafruit store. Limor was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine and was recently awarded Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the year. The learning system is her online collection of tutorials on how to use the products she sells in any manner of different projects
https://learn.adafruit.com/category/learn-arduino

Eventbrite - Arduino Afternoon w/ the Adafruit Learning System


Homebrewing Class

Coming July 12, at Quelab, in collaboration with ABQ Old School, we will be hosting another homebrewing class. Click on the link above, or the big homebrew bottles.

Beer. Mead. Cider. Each of these beverages have a number of things in common, but first and foremost: Yeast. This little microbe has so many tasty uses, we will gladly consume it’s bounty.

The other thing these libations have in common is the time-consuming process… and the delicious results. This lecture class (with demonstration) will discuss the history of beer, and then the finisher will be showing you the process on how YOU can make your own libations, and how you can use the insatiable appetite of yeast to your own purposes. Hooray Beer!


LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This class is 18+; NM Statute only restricts the manufacture of alcohol for sale, and the sale of alcohol to minors (21-). This generally is considered to mean that all adults can make alcohol in quantities suitable for personal consumption (aka ‘culinary purposes’).

Old School is a hub of experts happily sharing their user-friendly skills to further the revolution of sustainable and frugal living. Until now, these awesome resources in Albuquerque have had a loose network of independent workshops and classes. Now, these experts and offerings are under one roof, making Old School the place to find the skills you want to learn.


Upcoming Classes – 19 & 20 April

Coming soon to Quelab are two classes on making your own things.

[Geoff] will be teaching a class on making your own screen printed t-shirt, bag, or tote. On 19 April, from noon-2pm, we’ll teach you how to do it, and we’ll supply the paints. You’ll leave with something you screen printed yourself and the know-how to do it again on your own. Bring something you’d like to screen print and an idea of a single-color design you’d like print, and we’ll provide the rest.

Screenprinting Basics powered by Eventbrite

[Adric] will be teaching you about making handmade holograms. On 20 April from 4-6pm, he will teach you some of the basics of holograms and reflection, and then we will discuss the concept of abrasion holograms. And then you will make a few!

Our Hand Drawn holograms are sunlight visible (no need for special lasers). However, they do require a pinpoint lightsource to view well, so they may not show up well inside (sort of like many classic foil holograms). They may not have the same level of detail as foil holograms, but you will be able to transfer a 3d geometric shape onto clear plastic, then see that object float in the plastic and allow you to see around it from side to side. Each person will be able to make several holograms, and we will send you home with the tools required.

Hand Drawn Holograms powered by Eventbrite


Rocket Mass Heater Followup

Following up on the Rocket Mass Heater class which we hosted in collaboration with ABQ Old School, here are the photos from the class. We had fifteen people show up to hear the basic theory on making Rocket Mass Heaters, and get some hands-on time with the materials.

On the first day, Brett gave us hands-on experience with the J-Tube concept, and the physics of lateral burning; and on the second day we got muddy mixing cob adobe.

Rocket Stove

Folks looking for pointers and help on how to build a rocket mass heater are suggested to check out the RMH forums at both permies.com and donkey32.proboards.com, or to reach out Brett.

And without further blathering, here are the pictures!
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Rocket Mass Heater [ABQ Old School]

Quelab, in association with ABQ Old School, would like to announce a class taking place this weekend and next in the Shipyard (Workshop), a how-to and hands-on class on building a Rocket Mass heater. This two part class on 22 and 29 March, from 9a-12p each day, will teach the design and construction of a rocket mass heater.

Rocket mass heaters have gained a considerable following from permaculture practitioners, homesteaders, and individuals wishing to build their own fireplace from locally sourced materials and avoid contributing to the fossil fuel and fracking industry. A rocket mass heater is a modification of a rocket stove that passes the flue gas through a large thermal bench. The term rocket in the name comes from the fact that it sounds like a rocket! It can be used to heat homes, greenhouses, and other places needing a warm touch.

Go visit ABQ Old School to learn more about the class and register to attend.

See you on Saturday!