Intro to Woodworking: Furniture Refinishing (Inclusion Series)

The Inventor Center 118 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN, United States

Need a glow-up for your furniture? Learn how to update the finish with us!Turn your ordinary furniture into a beautiful repurposed piece with this chalk painting technique! Learn about different paint options, plus get a recipe to create your own chalk paint! Students will learn to paint their piece, then optionally follow sanding techniques for […]

Aluminum Jewelry

The Inventor Center 118 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN, United States

Learn to bend, manipulate, hammer, and finish your own aluminum jewelry in this beginner workshop!Aluminum is a lightweight, malleable metal which does not discolor or tarnish the way that other metals do. In this class, students will learn about the advantages of aluminum as well as its limits, and will leave with several finished pieces […]

Intro to Woodworking: Cheese Knives (Inclusion Series)

The Inventor Center 118 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN, United States

Gain confidence in your woodworking knowledge, and leave with a cheese knife in a wood you pick!In this cheese knife class we will go over some basic woodworking techniques and how to perform them safely. Each student will be able to design, make, and finish their own cheese knife to take home with them. This […]

Intro to Blacksmithing: Forged Wands (Inclusion Series)

The Inventor Center 118 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN, United States

Practice drawing and rounding your metal, plus isolating for designs in this introductory workshop!Students will learn some of the fundamentals of blacksmithing: drawing, rounding and squaring material, twisting, isolation, and other basics. We will also discuss how to make some more advanced twists and a few tricks geared toward getting visually appealing results in longer […]

Intro to Blacksmithing: Forged Bracelets (Inclusion Series)

The Inventor Center 118 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN, United States

Practice drawing and tapering, then learn how to utilize the horn of the anvil to your best advantage!Students will learn some of the fundamentals of blacksmithing: drawing, tapering, good proportions in forging, twisting, and how to get a balanced result. We will also cover using the horn as a shaping die and hot cutting.We will […]

Intro to Metalsmithing: Cold Connections/Hammer Textures (Inclusion Series)

The Inventor Center 118 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN, United States

Hammer textures, chasing tools, patinas, and rivets! Get a jumpstart on working with metal!Cold connections are a great option if you do not want to set up a soldering station! Students will design a simple, 2-3 layer pendant, and then work with the instructor to complete it. We will talk about different kinds of rivets, […]

Intro to Metalsmithing: Piercing and Forming (Inclusion Series)

The Inventor Center 118 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN, United States

Learn how to create a beautiful tree of life pendant!Learn how to create a beautiful tree of life pendant. In this class you will learn to saw and pierce, file, texture, form, and rivet metal, as well as finish a fine crafted work of coppper. We will texture and saw the main pendant, then make […]

Three String Cigar Box Guitars

The Inventor Center 118 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN, United States

Make your own three-string cigar box guitar and learn about guitar theory for building instruments! This class has 10 sessions.In the Great Depression, out of work musicians would build musical instruments out of whatever materials they could scrounge. They quickly learned that these cedar boxes yielded very high quality notes and therefore routinely used them […]

Beginner Bladesmithing: Seahorse Knives

The Inventor Center 118 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN, United States

Forge your own small knife and learn about blacksmithing along the way!This is a required pre-req for advanced classes to come!In this class we will cover forging out a small, simple, all-steel knife along with some blacksmithing history, tooling information, and other basic concepts. Once the forging is complete, we will heat treat the knives […]

Intermediate Bladesmithing: Railroad Spike to Knife

The Inventor Center 118 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN, United States

Forge your own knife from a railroad spike and learn about blacksmithing along the way!Prerequisite: beginner blacksmithing/bladesmithing workshop OR prior blacksmithing experience.In this class we will cover forging a railroad spike into a knife and cover some blacksmithing history, tooling information, and other basic concepts. We will also discuss the properties of spike steel, hammering […]

Lanterns: Light Up the Night

The Inventor Center 118 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN, United States

Create a lantern to carry at the Kingsport ARTS Festival kick-off, Light Up the Night!Create colorful, chaotic paper lanterns with us at The Inventor Center! We encourage you to embrace your creativity and decorate a lantern to carry as we walk through Downtown Kingsport the evening of April 19th!This workshop is open to ALL ages* […]

Lanterns: Light Up the Night

The Inventor Center 118 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN, United States

Create a lantern to carry at the Kingsport ARTS Festival kick-off, Light Up the Night!Create colorful, chaotic paper lanterns with us at The Inventor Center! We encourage you to embrace your creativity and decorate a lantern to carry as we walk through Downtown Kingsport the evening of April 19th!This workshop is open to ALL ages* […]