Past Events

Holiday Gift Making Party
Minneapolis Workshop
4301 Nicollet Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Friday December 7th, 2012
7 - 10 pm



Join us to make tasty, kitschy and functional gifts, including CHOCOLATE: Aaron Ridgeway will help you experiment, eat and learn about our favorite flavor!


JEWELRY: Kate Seaburg and Maggie Miller will help you craft incredible decorative jewelry and other one-of-a-kind gifts.


WOODEN GIFT BOXES: Willis Bowman will aid you build reusable boxes for your gifts like these AND make metal gift tags!

DESIGN YOUR OWN!! Our shop is your shop. Rummage through boxes, find recycled treasures and craft your own special gifts using our tools and helpful expertise.
$25 at the door, or register now for $20. Includes everything!

Eventbrite - HOLIDAY GIFT MAKING FOR ADULTS
Land Speed Car Show
Studio Bricolage
1188 Hubbard Ave, St. Paul 55104
Saturday, October 13th, 2012
10 am - 4 pm
Free!

Join us on October 13th as we visit with land speed racers and get a guided tour of a real land speed record-holding racer built here in Minnesota. Ask race team-members all about what is involved racing with the “pedal to the metal” across a vast flat expanse of desert at well over 100 mph. We will be able to start the car and rattle your fillings! View in-cockpit videos of cars careening down the salt, as well as videos of other notable Speedweek activities. You may have been reading about this in hot rod magazines since you were young, and now is your chance to get some first hand knowledge and see what goes on close up!




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Arduino for Artists - new date!
Studio Bricolage
4301 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55409
Thursday, October 18th, 2012
and
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
both days from 7 - 10 pm

  arduino illustration

Note! This is a two-session class.

The Arduino is a small microcontroller that you may program to make your art come alive. Control movement (motors), sound (speakers) or sight (lights) of your art and have it sense and react to almost anything including temperature (thermocouple), light (phototransistor), touch (piezo sensor, button or load cell), and sound (microphone). This can add a new dimension to your work that travels beyond the fourth dimension, constrained only by your imagination!

   In this class you’ll make simple electrical circuits on a breadboard, program the Arduino using open source software, and learn how to control motors, lights and relays and make the Arduino react to inputs like switches. You’ll be quite amazed at what this thing can do!

  Because the Arduino is a popular device there are oodles of great information and help on-line.  You needn’t have computer programming knowledge but you do need to know how to use your computer for everyday use. Windows, Macs and Linux can all be used with the Arduino and software. Please bring a laptop if you have one and we'll have some desktop computers to use. At the end of the classes you will have a working Arduino and a decent understanding of how to use it to help your art interact with the environment.


This is a two session class, Thursday 10/18 (7-10) and Thursday 10/25 (7-10)

Class Cost: $165 (includes Arduino board), or $135 (if you already have an Arduino)

Class size limit : 12

Eventbrite - Arduino for Artists



Kitchen Kemistry
Studio Bricolage
4301 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55409
Friday, October 5th, 2012
7 - 10 pm

Believe it or not your kitchen and basement shop are full of chemicals that can do some interesting things when mixed together. No, nothing to blow up!... but anything from the classic baking soda and vinegar foam, to glowing easter eggs, to vanishing styrofoam right before your eyes. We’ll have extra material for you to play with. Do you have a fun experiment you’d like to show us? Let us know and we’ll make room for you!

Fee: $15


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[ YOUR MESSAGE HERE ] 
Leonardo's Basement
4301 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55409
Saturday, October 6th 2012
Adults / 1 - 4 pm
Teens / 7 - 10 pm
Sunday, October 7th 2012
Families / 11 am - 2 pm


Leonardo's Basement wants to encourage speech and spice up the election with a workshop to help people create new imagery for lawn signs!  

Reusing our cache of 24 x 18” pvc lawn signs, Adults, Teens and Families are invited to rethink, rephrase and recreate signs.  

Make a new phrase! Make an image! Make a sculpture! 




Participants will employ a variety of techniques for painting, cutting and altering the signs to make artistic, political, clever, anti-political and inspirational messages.  We'll assist you in using stencils, laser-cutting, hand-painting, screenprinting, sculpting and other techniques.  

the [YOUR MESSAGE HERE] event is FREE, like Speech.

We have three separate times for the event:

Saturday, October 6th
Adult workshop / 1 - 4 pm
Teen workshop / 7 - 10 pm

Sunday, October 7th
Family workshop / 11 am - 2 pm

at
Leonardo's Basement
4301 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
 


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Piano 2 - Field Trip to Ackermans Piano
Studio Bricolage
4301 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Saturday September 22nd, 2012
10 am - 1 pm

In the second of three sessions, we'll take a field trip to Ackermans Pianos in Lakeville. Ackermans has been in the stringed instrument restoration business since 1895 and this tour will take us deeper into this fascinating corner of technology. They also have a long history of restoring fire-damaged pianos!

We will carpool to Ackermans Piano from Leonardo’s Basement in Minneapolis at 9:30 AM (You can contact us about details or drive yourself, click here for a map to Ackermans).

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Piano 1 - Piano Forte!
Studio Bricolage
4301 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Saturday September 15th, 2012
1 - 3 pm


In the first of three sessions we will look at 3 upright pianos and discuss their wonderful inner secrets. We will give you some useful knowledge should you wish to “adopt” an upright. This session should be fascinating to players and non-players interested in applied technology/physics. We will learn a little about tuning and attempt it!



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Art Welding
Studio Bricolage
1188 Hubbard Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
Saturday, September 8th, 2012
1 - 4 pm

Now that we all know the right way to use welders, we will experiment with them and do some things the “wrong way” to create artwork. This class will include some techniques on metal shaping, oxidizing, patina and coloring as well. Wear work clothes and a pair of leather gloves. Maybe bring along some interesting hunks of metal if you want to explore what can be done with them!

Cost: $10

Class size limit: 12


Massive Photography Performance Art
Studio Bricolage
1188 Hubbard Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
Friday, August 31, 2012
9 - 11 pm



We need EVERYONE to perform in this unusual and ephemeral art experience! You and your cohorts will paint pictures in the air with flashlights - long exposures (5 – 10 seconds) allow for streaks of light to be recorded forever on a camera. Now imagine that the whole group is choreographed to “draw” shapes – letters, figures, symbols...you name it. Then the whole group moves around to make a weave of light. The combinations are endless! The more torch bearers the merrier. This is a free event but you need to sign up to reserve a flashlight. Food and drink will be provided!




Welding One-oh-Wun
Studio Bricolage
1188 Hubbard Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104
Saturday August 18th, 2012
10 - 2 pm

 

Never tried welding but are curious about it? Come to a hands-on demo of different types of welding. Bring that busted lawnmower and we’ll let you have a go at fixing it. We will have oxy - acetylene (welding, brazing and cutting), MIG and arc welding machines as well as a plasma cutter. Grab some scraps of steel from our scrap bin and after a bit of coaching try it for yourself. $10 gets you in the door. Wear your grubby clothes; we will supply all the necessary safety equipment.




Dyeing to Meet You
Studio Bricolage
4301 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Sunday August 19th, 2012
1 - 5 pm


Join Elissa Meyers (of BLUEREDYELLOW in Philadelphia) and learn the basics of dying natural fibers with natural dyes made from plants. We will demonstrate preparing the fabric, making the dye, the act of dying and setting the dye. You will get to dye your own hankie! Bring some cotton scraps or a hanky if you have them.


Call Greg for details 320-282-4577

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Personalized Water Spitting
Studio Bricolage, 4301 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis
Friday May 18th, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 pm
and 
Saturday May 19th, 2012
1:00 - 3:00 pm


You need one of these in your yard! And two days to make one. Your face? A friend’s face? Your dog (if she will sit for casting)?! Don’t want your face in the fountain? A foot, hand or other body part will do. On Friday you will make a cast of your face with alginate, cast the concrete and do some prep work. On Saturday you'll uncast the concrete and hook up the pump and test your new fountain. You’ll leave with a pump, the cast concrete “spitter“(your face?) and the required plumbing. If time is available you can make a stand to hold it. Stop by Leonardo’s Basement, 4301 Nicollet, to see a sample! Click the button below to sign up. Maximum of 12 fountain makers. $135 includes the two days of instruction and all the materials.



Intro to Blacksmithing
Ivy Building, Live Oak Ironworks, 2712 27th St. E. 
Minneapolis 55406
Saturday May 19th, 2012
10:00 - 4:00 pm


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, from an anvil and forge to a mechanical treadle hammer. You will go home with a large plant hook that you have made. This metal tease will compel you to return for more forging and welding. More photos here. All abilities are welcome. Limited to 5 hammer-wielding student. $90 includes all materials. To register click the button below:


Special Talk about Hugo movie and automaton repair featuring Andrew Baron
Hopkins High School, 2400 Lindberg Dr. 
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Friday May 4th, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 pm


NOTE: This is NOT a Studio Bricolage event but we think it's interesting enough and love all things automaton. The Midwest Watch and Clockmakers Association presents 
Andrew Baron, a pop up book expert and designer who was commissioned to restore the legendary Maillardet's Automaton which was featured in the Academy award winning movie Hugo. Over 100 cams direct the automaton to draw 4 complicated drawings and 3 cursively-written poems. Come hear from the person who restored the automaton in 2007 for the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. This talk is for all ages and non MWCA members.

Also note that there will be an in-depth, more technical presentation by Mr. Baron on May 5th for MWCA members. Please visit here for all the details on the two talks and how to join MWCA.

Advanced Blacksmithing
Ivy Building, Live Oak Ironworks, 2712 27th St. E.
Minneapolis 55406
Saturday April 28th, 2012
10:00 - 4:00 pm



In this advanced blacksmithing class we will continue with the skills learned in the introductory class. Work on technique, as well as introduce a few more skills, including flaring (spreading) the steel and punching and drifting holes through hot steel, a process required for traditional joinery. As with the earlier class, you will leave with a completed item to take home. Prerequisite for this class is having taken the Intro to Blacksmithing class or by permission of the instructor.

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. Please register below:



TIME: A night of watch and clock repair PART 2
Studio Bricolage, 4301 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis
Friday April 27th, 2012
7:00 - 10:00 pm




Many thanks to these Midwest Watch and Clockmakers Association members Stew Leleivre, Wes Cutter, Susan Wood, Fred Shahen and Mark Purdy who showed us the ins and out of clock repair. This is a continuation of the night of watch and clock repair we held last November. We didn't give Wes Cutter, clock repairer extraordinaire, enough time last time so now you can explore more in depth the intricacies and the miracle of the clock. You will have the chance to take apart a complete clock movement under the careful guidance of Mr Cutter and Stew LeLievre. You need not have attended PART 1 to enjoy this one! As before, if you wish a free consultation for a watch or clock you'd like cleaned or repaired please bring it. This is a free event but is limited to 18. Please register below:



Bird Abodes
Griggs Rec Center, 1188 W. Hubbard Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
Saturday March 24th, 2012
1:00 - 3:00 pm



Spring came waaay too early. But, let's not forget our feathery friends. Help make houses for the birds. Or, make feeders for the birds (and the squirrels). We'll provide tools and materials and ideas for projects that will attract the best of birdy friends.

Don't want one for your house? We are also building a dozen houses and feeders to leave at Griggs Park, home for the Leonardo's Basement Saint Paul workshop. We are looking for exotic designs and brilliant colors - artful abodes for flying friends.

Click the button below to register. $30 NOTE: No charge if you leave a house for us!



Intro to 2D CAD (class)
Studio Bricolage, 4301 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis
Thursday February 16th, 2012
7:00 - 10:00 pm



CAD (Computer Aided Design) is a powerful software tool for drawing and is paramount in engineering, architecture and product design. It comes in two flavors: 2D and 3D. CAD doesn’t necessarily replace hand drawing and sketching but allows for fast and clear iterations. No eraser mess!

This software not only allows you to design and print your design on paper but is used to manufacture things. You can send the data file of your design to a CNC (computer - numerically control) machine like a laser engraver, 3D printer, cnc router, cnc sewing machine, cnc linoleum tile cutter, etc.

Another use of CAD isn’t in the technical realm but as an art form. CAD programs let you draw complicated or freeform lines and shapes and change any or everything in the blink of an eye without redrawing the entire page.

In this class you will learn the basics of 2D CAD drawing using a FREE and powerful CAD software program called DraftSight 
www.draftsight.com (Mac, PC, Linux). At the end of the class use our laser engraver to burn or cut your design into something. Click the button below to register for the class. Limited to 10 students. $50.



Welding Wun - Oh - Wun (hands on demo)
Griggs Rec Center, 1188 Hubbard Ave. Saint Paul MN 55104
Sunday February 12th, 2012
10:00 - 3:00 pm

Never tried welding but are curious about it? Come to a hands-on demo of different types of welding. Bring that busted lawnmower and we’ll let you have a go at fixing it. We will have oxy - acetylene (welding, brazing and cutting), MIG and arc welding machines as well as a plasma cutter. Grab some scraps of steel from our scrap bin and after a bit of coaching try it for yourself. $10 gets you in the door. Wear your grubby clothes; we will supply all the necessary safety equipment.

If there is enough interest we will run a comprehensive class in welding at a later date.





Annual Winter Party (All ages!)
Griggs Rec Center, 1188 Hubbard Ave. St. Paul MN 55104
Saturday February 4th, 2012
1:00 - 4:00 pm





Despite and because of the lack of snow and ice, this crummy winter won't stop us from having a hot time. Come for hot cider, hot fudge and ice cream, hot air balloons, hot marshmallows and more. Wintery fun for everyone. The (newly graffitied!) skating rink is open so bring your skates and also your sleds to go down the ultra-steep hill. Play shuffleboard on ice. Make hot air balloons inside the large Wonder Bread bag workshop then launch them outside. Make your own winter wonderland with two snow-makers built just for this occasion. 

Rube Goldberg Machine V
Studio Bricolage, 4301 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis
Friday January 6th, 2012
7:00 - 10:00 pm

M.A. Sets Off a Rube Goldberg Machine: MyFoxTWINCITIES.com






Join us for an exciting evening constructing a causation machine that starts with a glass of milk causing individual mechanisms to whisk, boil, stir, whip, pluck and glaze and ends at the oven where chocolate chip cookies will slide onto the rack before the oven ignites.

Of course we will provide many materials and most tools that you may need. Extra bonus points if your contraption includes food items! You are encouraged to bring a partially or fully complete device. You are also encouraged to invite friends, co-workers or complete strangers.

We'll supply you with a 16" x 32" plywood plate on which you can build your link. You aren't required to use it but it's real convenient to build and move around on!

Never done this before? All the more reason to show up. If you have an idea but don't know how to make it work, our chef engineers will help you get your idea into the mix and working before the dinner bell. Here's a little riff on Bill Shakespeare's Macbeth by another Bill had he been pondering Rube's devices.

Wingading, and wingading, and wingading,
Leaps in this lively dance from point to point
To the last link of connected chain,
And most our past attempts have humbled us
With gizmos that went wrong. On, on, fleet whimsy!
Rube's but a night's diversion, an awkward 'bot
That huffs and puffs his minutes of renown
And then is disassembled: it's a cascade
Made mad by jokers, full of clicks and whirs,
Signifying nothing.


-Bill McTeer 

Hacking the Kinect
Studio Bricolage, 4301 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis
Friday December 2th, 2011
7:00 - 10:00 pm
The Kinect, a motion sensing input device and Microsoft product originally developed to play interactive video games, has been hacked for far more mercurial purposes. Instead of just controlling sprites on a screen you can control almost anything on and off the screen using your body or anything moving as an input. Lucky for us the Kinect may be programmed through a variety of software languages, of which Processing (Arduino) is used. Come for an intriguing evening to find out what this product can do with our guest artist Anthony Tran. 

Anthony Tran is a new media artist exploring the convergence of the physical and virtual worlds through 3D technologies and electromagnetic space. He recently graduated from Macalester College where he studied Cognitive Psychology and Computer Science. He now also works as a web developer in Minneapolis. In his spare time, he likes to VJ and hack electronics.

He has participated in Northern Spark with his Security Gate 26.11 [2011], at the Soap Factory’s WORKHORSE showcase with an installation called Touch Screen[2009] and at the Walker Art Center’s Open Field with unregulated radio: the promise of the democratization of media [2010]. He is currently a Northern Lights' Art(ists) of the Verge fellow, where his next installation will be utilizing a Kinect, live 3D projection mapping and a radio frequency sensor. This fellowship will result into a month long exhibition at the Soap Factory, March 2012.

See his work and videos at www.ioioio.cc and vimeo.com/nart NOTE: If you are a Kinect hacker and want to show us what you can do let us know and we can find some space for you! Click the button below to register:



Introduction to Blacksmithing
Ivy Building, Minneapolis
NEW INTRO CLASS ADDED! Saturday, January 21st, 2012

You keep asking and we keep delivering. Come pound on some yellow-hot steel and make something brilliant. It's a great way to get your frustrations out, learn something new, and make a nifty piece of steel. To register click the button below:






Here's a slideshow of a previous class. All abilities are welcome.




TIME: A night of watch and clock repair
Studio Bricolage, 4301 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis
Friday November 4th, 2011
7:00 - 10:00 pm



NOTE: This is a long video (27 minutes). After 2:08 is Stew's explanation of how to disassemble a watch.




Have you ever thought about this crazy concept humans have invented called time? Come see and participate in an interesting night of watch and clock repair. Our instructors, Stew Lelievre and Wes Cutter, will show how to and let you take apart and reconstruct a watch. You will be able to see what they are doing with a close up video camera. See what kind of instruments they use and witness a jeweler’s lathe in action. You'll have the opportunity to tinker with and understand a clock movement. Also join in a mind-boggling discussion and explanation about the history of time and how it has shaped the world culture and how it controls most of your day and night.

This is FREE event but is limited to ten attendees so that you will have a chance at operating on the watches and clocks. Tools and instructors are limited! 

As a bonus, you may bring a clock or pocket watch for a free assessment!


Land Speed Racing at Bonneville!
Griggs Park, St. Paul
Saturday October 15th, 2011
12:00 - 4:00 pm





Join us on October 15th as we visit with salt racers and get a guided tour of a real land speed record-holding racer built here in Minnesota. Ask race team-members all about what is involved racing with the “pedal to the metal” across a vast flat expanse of desert at well over 100 mph. We will be able to start the car and rattle your fillings! View in-cockpit videos of cars careening down the salt, as well as videos of other notable Speedweek activities. You may have been reading about this in hot rod magazines since you were young, and now is your chance to get some first hand knowledge and see what goes on close up! This will be a free activity with snacks at Griggs Park, 1188 W. Hubbard Ave. which is 10 blocks north and one block west of Lexington and University. Rain or Shine. Noon to 4pm. Bring a hot rod if you have one! Contact Greg Meyers with questions at 320/282-4577. See the car that Greg made here.



END OF SUMMER BASH!
Big Stone Mini Golf & Onan Observatory Star Party
Saturday August 20th, 2011

Hang on to your hats, we're headed west for some fun on Saturday, August 20th. Our first stop is at the Big Stone Mini Golf and Sculpture Garden in Minnetrista. It's 13 holes of craziness winding through a sculpture garden. Owned and operated by local artist Bruce Stillman, he is trying to add a new hole every year. This is one hidden diamond!


Next stop is in Norwood / Young America where the good folks at the Minnesota Astronomical Society are bringing out their big guns (telescopes) so you can see the local planets and whatever is floating above us. The Onan Observatory is inBaylor Regional Park. These guys are smart so ask a lot of questions! Here's what they tout: "There is now no other all-volunteer public observing facility anywhere in the United States with a similar range of capabilities. Come out to an upcoming event at the observatory and prepare to be astounded by the glories of our universe!".





Here are some maps of where to go: Big Stone Mini Golf and Onan Observatory.


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OLD, BUT NOT NECESSARILY TIRED, FIRST FRIDAYS

Fire! Fire!
Friday, July 1st, 2011
Griggs Park, 1188 W. Hubbard Ave., Saint Paul

You may have missed pyrotechnics First Friday last summer and boy, was it a doozy! We made a bunch of home-made incendiaries and blew things up. We’ll relaunch it so others may join in fun. $15 at the door includes snack and beverage. Here are two videos of the night: VIDEO1 and VIDEO2.

YAM!
Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Studio Bricolage, 4301 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis





In another name-of-month confusion we offer a class that was originally planned for May, YAM! Carrots, regular and sweet potatoes plus other vegetables will be carved, turned and otherwise shaped into sculptures and musical devices. Come for:
  • Vegetable turning on a wood lathe.
  • Make potato clocks
  • Build vegetable constructions with woodworking techniques. Want to dovetail carrots?
  • Make vegetable musical instruments. See this video for examples.
  • Fry your vegetable constructions in tempura batter!
  • We'll haul out the old spud gun / french fry maker.


  • Everyone Loves a Parade
    Friday, May 6th, 2011
    Studio Bricolage, 4301 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis


















    We LOVE a parade! Only five brave souls turned out to make models of ideas to convert a 1966 International Scout (see the photo of the beast above!) into a one-of-a-kind Studio Bricolage-inspired float. Couldn't make it to this First Friday? There's a pile of models left. Let us know if you have an idea and want to use one! But, before we start cutting, bending and welding metal, we need a plan. A plan for a playful and interactive parade float that we can transport to summer events across the Twin Cities this summer and for years to come! On May 21st we'll start building! This isn't a simple process and we'll get dirty and grimy transforming the Scout. Do you want to learn to weld, grind and cut steel and wood and whatnot? We'd be happy to show you! Workspace to be determined. 

    SOUND
    Friday, April 1st, 2011
    Studio Bricolage, 4301 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis

    The real April Fool's Day will find us exploring sound. Bring an old beat up musical instrument (or steal one from your kids!) or non-instrument material that you would like to record with other noises, voices and amplified sounds. We will help you hack your instrument to make new sounds you'd never thought it would make. We'll also help you make an inexpensive pick up to amplify your sounds. See the sounds on an oscilloscope to tune it then bring it into our sound studio to record it.

    We'll even have a sampling and looping station usingMmmTsss and if we're feeling gutsy enough we might try our hand at the latest sensation all the kids are wild about: music. Leave with your own MP3 files or DVD or we'll send them up on Soundcloud.com.

    And be sure not to miss Greg's audacious flame organ and Ted's dancing oobleck on a speaker show. Come one, come all!





    April Fool's Night
    Friday, March 4th, 2011
    Studio Bricolage, 4301 Nicollet Ave. S. Minneapolis
    Plan ahead this year and make an April Fool's gadget in plenty of time for the big day! Drive your friends wild and your enemies even wilder. We'll have some ideas for you but please bring your classic and homemade pranks to share. You can get a BurpMaster here.



    4th Annual Ice Sculpture and Castle Party
    Saturday & Sunday, February 5 & 6, 2011 1 - 4 p.m.
    Griggs Park, 1188 W. Hubbard Ave., Saint Paul

    rendering by Ian Llanas





    We wanted to up the ante this year with a big splash so we decided to make a castle... out of scaffolding! We enlisted the help of a scaffolding company to build half a castle. HALF a castle?? Why? Because of building code issues we couldn't build a big ol' castle and enclose people so the next best thing was to make a great facade. Just imagine that you are on the movie set to a magical castle in the French Alps! We've dubbed the structure: Castle Scaffold.

    Besides playing in (around) the castle on Saturday kids and adults made ice sculptures and tried their hands at snow painting and building quinzees (sort of like an igloo but easier to make). On Sunday we shifted gears to a fun day of snowball fights, snow catapults, capture the flag games and good old fashioned winter play. 



    4th Annual Art Sled Rally
    Sunday, January 30, 2011
    Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis 
    This wasn't really a Studio Bricolage event (we were a proud sponsor) but it's so dang fun that we could help but participate! The concept was simple: build ANY kind of sled and show it off to the throngs of onlookers. The rally took place at Powderhorn park. See the Art Sled Rally website for more photos and hopefully details for next year.




    Studio Bricolage Rube Goldberg Machine 
    Friday January 7, 2011 
    4301 Nicollet Ave. S.

    31 brave souls came to make the 4th annual Rube Goldberg machine. The energy in the air was thick enough to cut with a knife. The goal was to squirt ketchup and mustard onto a White Castle slider though most didn't know it and we didn't care. It was great fun.

    Here's a nice article from the Southwest Minneapolis Patch about the event.



    Here's a video of the night. 





    Introduction to Blacksmithing
    Saturday October 22, 2011 10:00 - 4:00 (includes 30 mins for lunch)

    In this class you will 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, from an anvil and forge to a mechanical treadle hammer. This metal tease will compel you to return for more forging and welding. We guarantee it.

    Class Fee: $90.00.

    Class Size: Five (5) students.

    Instructor: Clay Beardshear, Live Oak Ironworks

    Location: Ivy Building, 2712 East 27th St, Minneapolis, 55406 (Entrance on south side of building. Look for a sign. Park on street.)

    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.




    Advanced Blacksmithing
    Saturday October 29, 2011 10:00 - 4:00 (includes 30 mins for lunch)

    In this advanced blacksmithing class we will continue with the skills learned in the introductory class. Work on technique, as well as introduce a few more skills, including flaring (spreading) the steel and punching and drifting holes through hot steel, a process required for traditional joinery. As with the earlier class, you will leave with a completed item to take home. Prerequisite for this class is having taken the Intro to Blacksmithing class or by permission of the instructor. .

    Class Fee: $125.00.

    Class Size: Four (4) students.

    Instructor: Clay Beardshear, Live Oak Ironworks

    Location: Ivy Building, 2712 East 27th St, Minneapolis, 55406 (Entrance on south side of building. Look for a sign. Park on street.)

    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.



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    THE FIELD TRIP SERIES

    We’ve taken the summer off to do our own things but we back and are pleased to present the first of the Field Trip Series. Oh, don’t worry, we’ll still have periodic First Friday building parties, but we also want to explore things outside the shop. Check the schedule, sign up for field trips and mark your calendar for First Fridays. Want a reminder? Make sure you are on our Email list, just click here. 
    The Field Trips are similar to the MIXOLOGY series in that 1) we offer experiences that you can't find any other place and 2) just like MIXOLOGY the Field Trip Series came about because a Studio Bricolage attendee wanted to learn more about making cocktails. Turns out he wasn't the ONLY one! 

    We've scoured the country side and here's where we are going:

    Sound Stage Tour of tpt Studios Wednesday October 13, 2010, 7-9 pm
    Join Steve Truax from Twin Cities Public Television for a behind-the-scenes tour of their sound stage, production facilities and equipment rooms. Steve knows all the nooks and crannies! $10. Click here to register. You’ll find TPT studios here.  SORRY, NO PHOTOS. 


    Fagen Fighters & Warhawks, Inc. Saturday October 23, 2010, 7 am breakfast, 8 am leave Twin Cities – return about 4 pm
    Did you know that in Granite Falls MN there is a company that makes planes? Not just any plane, but P-40 Warhawks, the premier fighters of WWII. The twist is that they don’t just restore old planes; they also make them from ground up. We’ll check out the shop. Since it’s a 2.5 hour drive we’ve enlisted the help of Dave Barton and his restored Bluebird bus, painted like a 1958 Pontiac Chieftain station wagon. First 20 people to register can ride the bus for $20 or $10 if you drive yourself. Click here to register. Warhawks, Inc is located here.We’ll grab breakfast at 7:00 am at the Perkins in Hopkins before leaving, then head out on the bus at 8:00 am. The tour takes place at the Granite Falls Muni/Lenzen-Roe Memorial Field which is just south of their shop: go south on 540th St then turn left on Airport Rd.
    Turnout was great at this field trip . We were graciously led through the Fagen shop, the detailing and final assembly area and then a magnificent airplane museum full of air-worthy restored planes including a half-track and WWII scooter (?). Our jaws dropped upon entering the hanger! Thank you to Bandon, Jason Dunn, and Rob Ator! All displayed passion for their jobs. Also a big thank you to Dave Barton and Lenny from the Acme Speed Shop and their comfortable bus ride.



    Towboat and Barge Tour 
    Saturday June 11th, 2011, 10-12 pm
    Since 1984 the Upper River Services Company has operated a barge and towboat repair and maintenance facility along the Mississippi River. On the upper Mississippi River boats always push barges, never tow them, but they’re still called "towboats." Steering in a current is easier from behind a string of barges. We will get a tour of the massive barges, powerful towboats and the maintenance shops. Please wear sensible clothes for outside and solid shoes as we will be climbing up and around the towboats. $15 per person. Click here to register. (Click Studio Bricolage on left column. You will need to create an account on the Leonardo's Basement class registration system.) Upper River Services is located here. From Red Rock Road, turn left immediately after the large, silver, fuel storage tanks and park anywhere. Meet at the new building. Tour limited to 20 people.





    Guthrie Theater Backstage Tour 
    Saturday, February 19, 2011, 10:00 am

    This was not one of those ho-hum whip-through-the building tours! Nope. Because we are special, we got the behind the behind-the-scenes tour. Tom Truax, Master Carpenter at the Guthrie, who knows all the nooks and crannies of the huge theater led us in, under and on the stages as well as the scene shop, the scene paint shop, the costume shop and the prop making shop. Also thank you to Jeff Borowiak, carpenter and rigger in the scene shop and Lana Aylesworth, lead tour guide who answered our never-ending questions. The Guthrie Theater is an extraordinary building seen from the inhabitants point of view.

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    Let’s go Go-Carting! Mid-March, 2011
    This is an adults-only event to drive professional go-carts at eye-drying speeds.Interested? Let us know. We'd like to rent the entire facility for this event. To help us plan (and figure out how much or little to charge!) please answer these questions:

    1) Would you prefer to visit the Maple Grove, Burnsville or either location?
    2) We can race for one hour or two. Do you have a preference?
    3) We can keep the cost down if you can meet during the following times. Cost depends upon the number of racers. Estimates below are for between 25 - 50 drivers. Please tell us when you are available.

    Monday – Friday: 4:00 or 5:00 – 6:00 pm (Approx. $20-30 for one hour/$30-55 for two)
    Monday – Thursday: times between 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm ($25-40 for one hour/$40-75 for two)
    Saturday: times between 11:00 am – 6:00 pm ($25-40 for one hour/$40-75 for two)
    Sunday: Noon – 10:00 pm ($25-45 for one hour/$40-75 for two) 

    Driving CATERPILLARS Summer 2011 
    You’re in for a treat on this one. We’ve commandeered a real backhoe and bulldozer to play on! You’ll get a crash course of which levers to push and pull (there are a lot of them) and pedals to step on. Then you can dig a huge hole or push dirt around. Interested? Let us know

    Studio Bricolage will happily arrange experiences that you can't find at any other place (that's our charter, by the way).  Let us know what you think about the trips mentioned above. Do you know of an obscure or ultra-fascinating place that people would like to see? Do you have an idea for something that you'd like to learn about or buildTell us about it! Check back later to find out where we are going!

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    Annual Gift Making Night (or "It's a Metallic Christmas!") Friday, December 3, 2010 7-10 pm 4301 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis 
    Holy cow was that ever a fun night. A whole bunch of metal-related things to make. But at the top was the aluminum pour. See the slide show below. Thanks to Asia Ward , Sara Hanson , Greg Meyers and Ted Goessling for showing us how things are done! 




    Fountains, rain barrels, sprinklers and big squirt guns - May 7
    We had a lot of fun messing with water on a soggy, rainy night. Couldn't make the First Friday but want to make one of those big squirt guns? Click here for instructions and supply list. They are called Waterzookas from Funtelligent.
    First Friday Building Party - April 2 Glass with guest artist Margo McCreary. 
    We learned how to cut and break glass just like the hardware store folks do; we etched glass the simple way and made fake sheet glass like in the movies. We also had a crackin' good time making glass bead -- using a torch! Here's how our night went:


    let's get small, real small: microscopic projects
    FRIDAY, MARCH 5


     Check out the fun we had creating photo and video micrographs on a USB microscope, designing small art on big balloons, lasering impossibly small things with the laser engraver and more! 

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    The MIXOLOGY Series at Bradstreet Craftshouse was a great success. Take a look below at the MIXOLOGY 3 festivities and read Randy Hanson's well-written account of the day called Summit Sips. We couldn't have written it better! It is an ongoing collection of musings about recipes, techniques, tools and other cocktail-related topics.

    Fox 9 News' MA Rosko visited before the first workshop... take a look at the feature video

    Check out all the fun here from the first MIXOLOGY class.






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    Take a look at the photos from the 3rd annual Ice Sculpture Party held at Griggs Park in St. Paul. Wow, what a turn out with lots to do.




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    Lamp Making workshop In mid-January we let folks who were enticed at the Lamp Making First Friday to come and play around with some other ideas. For two nights, bricoleurs ripped apart old lamps and re-purposed them into magical light-emitting devices. It was a lot of fun to explore! See below...





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    FIRST FRIDAY 7-10 PM DECEMBER 4
    Holiday Party & Gift Making

    It was a great evening of making fun food and gifts. From spin-art crepes, laser etching Rice Krispie bars bricoleurs created custom cookie cutters & heat-driven turbines. Check out the excitementhere!

    Do you like this whipped-cream powered rocket ship? Do you want to make a video like this? Hey, we're offering a classto teach you just that. 

    November 6 Performance Sculpture: Kinetic Art was the theme with guest artist Tim Fort who taught us how to build chain-reaction wonders that explode, collapse and amaze. We also dove into the world of slow moving motors and wind powered devices. There's even the world's first wax-powered clock. Here are more videos and photos than you can shake a sculpture at. Tim's website is at: http://www.lunatim.com/kinart/kinetic.shtml












    October 2 LAMPS! We had a blast making all kinds of lamps and with a impromptu photo studio we bring you thesepictures.
















    August 15 1st Annual Canoe Float Parade

    A flotilla of creatively fashioned "floats," built upon canoes, navigated the seas of Lake of the Isles.There was an incredible procession of inspired constructions, including a huge galleon, human-powered paddleboat, a tiger in its native habitat, a 40-foot tower with surprises, a rocket ship, and the grand sculpture "Bohemoth!" See all the action here.

    Thanks to Schafer Richardson Real Estate for donating machine shop space for building.

    July 19th Lake Calhoun Shark!!

    On Sunday intrepid Bricoleurs braved the icy waters of Lake Calhoun trying desperately to escape the gnashing jaws of a 160'- long shark!

    Frightened onlookers marveled at the fin and enjoyed the incredibly loud "Jaws" theme music.

    To see more shark photos bite here





    June 5 "NO PRESSURE, AIR PRESSURE"

    We built a giant, round air hockey game, used compressed air to blow up thin rubber goods and explored pneumatic tool use. We also created incredible paintings by blowing paint through straw and we made blow guns and shot targets.Photos of the windy night !



    May 1 LAWN ART We created spectacular lawn art, including wind turbines, chimes, mobiles, Tibetan flags, bird feeders and totems.
    Look at the pictures from the lawn







    April 3 PAPER BUILDING
    In April, local artists Margaret Pezalla and Westy Copeland as well as other Makers showed how to make beautiful paper art. We made paper automata, built mathematical structures, cut with the laser, weaved beautiful paterns, created amazing colorful surfaces and "sewed" kraft paper suit jackets, vests and hats.  It was an amazing "flatland" evening. Look at this Slideshow of amazing paper work.


    March 14   Make:Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Studio Bricolage had a fantastic presence with the Paint Pendulum and the Dryer Orchestra. The folks at Make:TVpartnering with the Science Museum kicked off what is hoped to be an annual event. Take a look at a slide show.


    March 6  Second Annual Rube Goldberg Machine Building Event  Take a look at the slideshow, and check back to see this years video. 
    Take a look at last years video of the First Annual Rube Goldberg video.
    February 8   First annual Ice Sculpture Potluck at Lake of the Isles
    Thanks for coming!
    It was held on the East side of Lake of the Isles by the ice skating rink
    People made and played with ice and brought it to sculpt with. It was free and it was fun! We have instructions for making ice here.
    January 2   High Voltage an evening in 20,000 volts! 
    - Building Jacobs Ladders
    - Lighting up wood and drawing with electricity!
    - Making Fluorescent Sculptures
    "Uber Tuber"  Making fries fly!
    A crew from TPT's new television show MAKE:television filmed the amazing spud into french fries invention. Watch the video.

    Take a look at all of our past events