Workshop Use

Our CRLC Makers Space opened in February 2016.  This light industrial bay facility has 2 levels. The ground level contains workspace, tables and a variety of rock cutting, grinding and polishing machines. The upper level is a jewellery studio with workstations and equipment for a variety of techniques.

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Jewelry Studio

Costs for Using the Makers Space:

Structured CRLC classes will have their own costs that cover use of the Makers Space. (See the CRLC calendar for scheduled classes)

For CRLC members wanting to use the CRLC Makers Space and its equipment outside of structured class time, there are presently two options:

Tuesday and Thursday evenings have ‘drop-in sessions’ with a $5.00CAD members fee to work on projects. Informal mentoring from other members may be available during these times (See the CRLC calendar for more on the drop-in sessions).

For members desiring even more casual project time, an optional $100.00CAD annual “Ad-hoc Access” Fee may be paid atop the general membership fee  to allow workshop access at hours fitting their schedules. It also allows them to use drop-in session time without paying the drop-in fee.

Members paying the Ad-Hoc fee must still schedule around time the Space is being used for structured classes, meetings, etc as booked in the club calendar. Members paying the Ad-hoc fee may not use any equipment with which they have no familiarity.

Training:

Safety orientation walkthroughs on the CRLC Makers Space and the Space Usage qualifications (as below) are available.  The basic shop orientation does not include formal hands-on skill development with the equipment.

For skill development, inexperienced members are encouraged to take a structured CRLC lapidary and/or jewellery class (or from other educational organizations) and/or see if mentoring is available during CRLC drop-in session nights.  New members who are already experienced with lapidary/jewellery equipment can discuss what level of orientation is needed or not with CRLC stewards. Check the CRLC calendar for available orientation or request sessions by contacting Valerie at valerie.rockclub@gmail.com.

Lapidary Studio

Lapidary Studio

Level 1: General Use

  • Familiarity of building security, first aid kit and safety equipment
  • Lapidary Tools:
    • general tool use: Poly Arbour, Genie/Pixie, Polisher, trim saws
    • general inspection: know when equipment is not functioning
    • general safety: toxic rocks, water use, etc.
  • Jewelry Tools:
    • general tool use: torches, solder, pickle, polish, jeweller’s saw
    • general inspection: know when equipment is not functioning
    • general safety: flame etc.

Level 2: Complex and Dangerous equipment

  • This training is under development, but will allow the use of saws larger than the trim saws.