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Welcome to the public wiki for Artisan’s Asylum, Inc., a non-profit community workshop in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Our mission is to support the teaching, learning and practice of fabrication. Read on to learn how to make, learn and teach here.
Getting started on the wiki
This wiki is currently under development. The wiki working group is building the foundational information architecture, templates, how-tos, and style guide for adding content so that information is easy to find and read. We are still actively improving templates and making changes for internal consistency; expect instability, pages to be renamed and templates to change rapidly in Q1 2024. While we're in development, you'll also need to use the documentation below to learn how to get things done -- the working group has very limited time and is not offering training or user support.
- Fill out this form to get an account on the wiki.
- Learn what information goes where at A2. If you're not sure if something belongs on the wiki, read this.
- Use the A2 Wiki Basic Users' Guide to learn essential skills.
- Review the articles in the A2 Wiki Help category to learn how to write great documentation that helps our community.
- Use this task documentation for help with tasks specific to our wiki:
Front desk hours are:
- Monday - Friday 9am - 10pm
- Saturday - Sunday 9am - 7pm
Tours are given throughout the week. Please pick up a free tour ticket in advance!
- Tuesdays 3:15pm
- Thursdays 6:15pm
- Fridays 12:00pm
- Sundays 3:15pm
Our 52,000 sqft facility spans two buildings. Antwerp, at 55 Antwerp St. and Holton, at 96 Holton St. These two buildings share a parking lot and you can usually find a steady stream of carts with projects traveling between the two.
Holton is our headquarters building. This is where most of our social gatherings, classrooms, administrative offices, and conference rooms are. It's also where you pick up your mail when you're a member. There is a friendly "Deskie" there to greet you as you walk in the door. Holton also houses seven shops: Jewelry, Casting, Screen Printing, Composites, Digital Fabrication, Fiber Arts, and Electronics and Robotics.
Antwerp is the light industrial fabrication building, and is accessible only by members or students. It's not public facing and contains more heavy equipment. Most shelf storage and all pallet storage spaces are in this building. The six largest shops are here: Wood, Machine, Metal, Finishing, Plasma, and Bike/SCUL.
Loading Dock Deliveries
Each member is responsible for coordinating their own deliveries to the Antwerp loading docks.
Here's a list of all our shops. "Shops" are dedicated crafting spaces that have tools, tables, and infrastructure that helps you do meaningful work in your area of interest.
Here's a list of all of the tools we've documented. Find the tool page to see where it is, how to get trained to use it, and pointers on maintenance and operation.
Be part of our community
Classes, Visits, and Memberships
We are a thriving learning environment and love having visitors! Come check us out if you're in the area.
- Come to an event or take a class! Membership is generally not required for classes, and many events are open to the public.
- Visitors Policy. All visitors should sign in at the front desk in the Holton building.
- Membership Options
- Not ready for a full membership? Buy a day pass and make something!
Welcome!! We are so glad you are here. Here's how you can get more involved in our community!
Learn who we are
- Review our organizational structure to see how volunteer teams and staff keep us up and running.
- Browse our member list to discover the artisans who work in our facilities.
Meet other makers
- Create a member profile in Nexudus, our member's portal.
- You can also book resources, update membership information, and access our member directory here.
- Come to one of our informal shop nights. Shop nights are announced in the member's Google Group and may also be listed on the shop's wiki page.
- Look through one of our many calendars for events you might be interested in attending.
- Reach out via one of our many Email lists
Get tool training and testing
- Take a class to learn how to use our tools. Some classes provide training and tool testing -- please read the class descriptions carefully.
- Ask for 1:1 instruction in our member's Google Group, if a class isn't offered on the tool you'd like to use.
- Find a tool tester here before using a restricted shop or tool.
- Make mistaeks!
- Help others!
- And above all, have fun!