Studio Bricolage

“Bricolage” means to “fiddle, tinker” and by extension “make creative and resourceful use of whatever materials are at hand;” building by trial and error.Studio Bricolage, a project of Leonardo’s Basement, is a 21st century, community-driven art, craft and technology playground for creative and adventurous adults who want to tinker, get messy, make mistakes, try again, experiment, geek out, chill out, invent and have fun in a casual,informal setting. Studio Bricolage offers classes and exhibitions at various locations and is known for its First Friday Adult Building Parties.


ONGOING: Learning to Weld
Minneapolis Workshop
4310 Nicollet Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55409-2072

2nd & 4th Thursdays starting November 14th, 2013
7 - 10 pm

 Bring metal items to fix or materials to build a project. We have equipment for you to use and two experienced instructors to help you learn. Bring your own metal stock or use what we have available in the shop. 2nd and 4th Thursdays. $25. Includes materials and all safety equipment. Register below and contact us with questions or special needs.

Eventbrite - Learn to Weld

Introduction to Blacksmithing
Live Oak Ironworks
3134 California St NE
Suite 121
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Two dates: April 20 or June 15, 2013
10 am - 4 pm

Want to bend and forge really hot steel? Join us to gain a basic understanding of the metallurgy of steel and how to work with it. You will learn a bit of welding and a number of forging techniques. By the end of the day you will have learned how to draw metal, smooth it out, make a scroll and a twist utilizing a variety of metalworking tools. Bang on an anvil, warm up at the forge and use a mechanical treadle hammer.

This class has been a Studio Bricolage favorite, and on hiatus while Clay set up his new studio in northeast.

Class Fee: $90.00.

Class Size: Five (5) students.

Instructor: Clay Beardshear

Location: Live Oak Ironworks, 3134 California St NE, Suite 121 Minneapolis, MN 55418

NOTE: You must bring durable, non-flammable clothing that you do not mind subjecting to wear and tear, ear plugs or ear muffs, safety glasses, closed-toe shoes, long sleeved shirt and leather gloves. All building equipment and materials will be provided.

Click here to sign up Eventbrite - Introduction to Blacksmithing

Annual Rube Goldberg night: AIR!
Minneapolis Workshop
4301 Nicollet Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Friday January 4th, 2013
7 - 10 pm

Join us for the 5th Annual Rube Goldberg building party for adults (ages 18+). This year we are encouraging mechanical devices that utilize "air." No experience is necessary, but you are expected to build, make mistakes and have fun. Join us.

$20 at the door/college students $10 (Includes food & drink)

We will provide tools, building materials - even ideas and assistance - for you to craft one part of a giant causation machine. The contraption will begin with a balloon pop and finish with the release of a balloon bouquet into the crisp Minnesota air. Your device needs to interact with a device before it in the chain, do something, and then shake hands with the device downstream to keep energy moving.

Here are some ideas: Use compressed air in a bottle from most computer stores or our shop air to move stuff. Think about fans, bubbles, whistles, turbines, vacuums, air-powered musical instruments, floating on air, and helium. The sky's the limit!

And, keeping with the theme, we will provide food and drink like éclairs, Airheads candy, airplane food, and perhaps slices!

"There's a pizza place near where I live that sells only slices.
In the back you can see a guy tossing a triangle in the air."

Stephen Wright


ONGOING: Brico's Hot Rod Tech Series!
St. Paul Workshop
1188 Hubbard Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104
2nd Wednesday of each month starting November 14th, 2012
7 - 10 pm

 An ongoing series of discussions about hot rods and race cars. A fun time for those new to the idea and for those who have been working on cars and motorcycles since forever. FREE, but register below and contact us with questions or special needs. We provide beverages. Pot luck desserts.

Eventbrite - Brico's Hot Rod Tech Series

ONGOING: Open Studio
Minneapolis Workshop
4301 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55409
Every Tuesday starting November 20th, 2012
7 - 10 pm


The demand for shop time continues to grow and we are providing weekly access to our Minneapolis workshop along with help if you need it. We have some storage space for modest-sized projects (and a 3'-wide door!). Free until 2013! No need to register. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Steampunk Build Class
Greg's Garage
12822 Excelsior Blvd. Minnetonka, MN 55343
November 10th, 2012
1 - 4 pm

Introduction to building wild and wacky objects “from an alternative universe or history.....” using all manner of scrap-box metal and glass. Bring work cloaks, leather gauntlets, telescoping safety spectacles and your imagination. You are also encouraged to bring along your own foraged scrap metal and other parts too!

Here are some examples of rayguns.

Fee: $10

Limit: 10 


Take a look at all of our past events

Want to help?

We're using this website to organize our programs and schedule events and classes/workshops.

In addition to resources, blogs, building instructions and a calendar, this is the place to propose classes or offer to teach one. 

Call us at 612-824-4394 if:

  • You'd like to learn how to do something (solder, make clothes or jewelry, work with wood, build electronic circuits, craft junk sculptures or anything else)
  • You’d like to teach a small group of people a skill or how to build a project.