Frequently Asked Questions

Skill Levels:

We want you to get the most out of your experience and every course you take at Metalwerx.  To ensure just that, our staff works with each instructor to set an appropriate skill level and requirement for each class offered.  Click here for a complete explanation of our skill levels and requirements.

Class sizes:

Our class sizes range between 4 to 12 students. Weekly classes and one day workshops are typically capped at 10 students.  Other topics are considered on a case by case basis and will depend on equipment needs.

Coming from out of town?

Please visit our Travel Info page for helpful information on how to get to Metalwerx and where to stay if you are coming from out of town.

Parking:

There is free parking directly in front of our building.

Lunch: (in workshops)

During workshops, we put together a ‘take out’ order each day.  Students can place orders mid-morning for a lunch time delivery.  If you to prefer to bring your lunch, we have a refrigerator, toaster and microwave for your convenience.

What to wear (for your safety!):

  • Wear Appropriate Shoes that give a sure footing. No open toed sandals. If you are working with heavy objects, boots or steel toe shoes are recommended.
  • Long hair should be tied up. (Beards too.)
  • No loose clothing. Ties, scarves, loose sleeves, etc, are not allowed when working in the studio.
  • No Gloves, except safety gloves when working with hot objects (Kevlar) and chemicals (nitrile/latex).
  • Avoid Flammable Attire. Fleece is not allowed. Cotton clothing and jeans are recommended.
  • When working with chemicals, wear an apron to protect your clothing (and you!).
  • Remove Jewelry. It can get caught in spinning machinery.
  • Safety glasses and dust masks or respirators must be worn when using certain equipment. Metalwerx has these available for use and purchase.

What to bring:

Metalwerx is very fortunate to have plenty of tools available to use and share during classes.  Students should be aware that tools may need to be shared and it may be nice to have some of your favorite tools with you at class such as needle files, sanding sticks, and your "go-to" pair of pliers (items that fit in a tool box and are manageable to bring).

Most classes have Student Supply Lists, which includes things that would be ideal for each student to bring with them to class.  Beginner classes often only require a sharpie marker, notebook, and possibly a couple items you can pick-up at any local hardware store.  Advanced classes may require students to bring more specific tools.  These lists are sent to us by instructors and compared to what we already have available for students.  If you ever have questions, just ask! We try to keep student supply lists reasonable and accurate to what will be needed.

If you are flying to the workshop, and bringing tools: Tools can be shipped to yourself c/o Metalwerx, or packed in a toolbox or suitcase that is checked. Try to make it easy for the TSA inspectors. Our advice: Use clear boxes or plastic bags. Put them on top inside the suitcase. On top of everything, print large and clear: “Tools for metalworking to be used in a workshop”. Staple that on top of a page that shows info about our workshop.

Registration Policy Overview

Please visit our Registration and Refund Policies page for information on cancellations, withdrawals and other special situations. Classes and workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is possible online, by phone, or in person.  Payment in full is required to register for classes and workshops, but exceptions can be made. Call us to place a deposit. Metalwerx accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, personal checks, and money orders. Credit card payments may also be made by phone. You can call in your registration during normal business hours You can also register online at any time.

Age Requirement: The typical minimum age to enroll in one of our classes is 18.  However, we do allow people under the age of 18 to take classes and workshops.  It is usually handled on a case by case basis. Please make sure to contact us before registering. Good to know: A parent or legal guardian must sign the release and waiver form. Also, our classes are mostly adults, so we would like to make sure the teacher and student will feel comfortable in this setting.

Metalwerx admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate or collect information on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.