Prototyping: Skills Days for Beginners, 2 days
1-2 October 2019, 10am -7pm both days
£100 for members, £130 for
is on your own
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Do you have an idea for an exhibit or
demo that you'd like to make, but feel that you don't have the confidence, the
skills or the facilities to make it? In this two day skills event, we'll
show you how to use hand tools and woodworking machines to turn your idea into
a useful prototype.
In this Skills Day offering, we’ll
spend two days in the workshop of the Edinburgh Tool Library working on our own
projects. This event is aimed at people with little or no workshop experience,
but independent working will be required. There will be experienced staff
available to help you get the most out of the workshop and the two days. (If
you already have some experience, check out our Intermediate-level event in July.)
The workshop is equipped for woodworking; drilling and hand-sawing metal is
also possible. Don't worry if you haven't used some or all of the woodworking
machines before - everyone will be given an induction on safety and machines’
Preparation: Although this event is aimed at people with minimal experience,
everyone should come with an exhibit or a demo idea in mind. You'll get the
most out of the event if you do as much of the thinking as possible beforehand,
so that you can get stuck into making straight away. We will discuss your idea
with you in advance so that we can advise on any details that you're unsure of.
This will help you arrive with an idea that has the best chance of being
completed in the time available.
In addition to tools and machines, we'll provide the basics: a collection of
reclaimed timber, wood screws, and all the tools you'll need. For other
materials and components, Screwfix and B&Q are not far away, but it will
save you time if you do your shopping in advance.
Chop saw ( 2x )
Pillar drill press ( 2x )
And all the basic DIY tools (saws, hammers, screwdrivers etc)
About the session leader: Ben Craven
Ben is a vision scientist by training, but now makes his living teaching
Product Design Engineering at Glasgow School of Art, and gentle maths and stats
for the Open University. He also does freelance work in informal science
communication, and arranges efficient networking events.
BIG members: cost
£100 login as a member first to be able to
register for the member rate. To login as a member, use the email address you
used to join BIG. If you can't remember what this is, please email
first need to join BIG costing £30 for the year and
then come back and register for this Skills Day at the £100 member rate.