Make a Set of Sporting Darts

Metal Fabrication

Make a Set of Sporting Darts

Make a set of three sporting darts that will give you bragging rights in your family room or local sports bar.


$215.00 (any noted materials fee included)


$269.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Meeting Times
  1. Tue, 9/10/2024 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  2. Thur, 9/12/2024 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tue, 9/10/2024 - Thur, 9/12/2024

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Class, Has Prerequisite

Metal Fabrication Studio

Machine Shop


Advance your machining skills as you craft three custom, phosphorous bronze dart barrels (bodies), and finish with commercial points, shafts, and flights. You’ll drill and tap the barrels for the points and shafts with a 2BA British tap, learn to cut the proper tapers on the bodies, and execute the style of knurling and grooving you decide to machine into your dart barrels. You can see examples in the Machine Shop.


A materials fee of $35, included in the price of the class, covers everything you'll need.


Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry, and roll up your sleeves.
  • Wear hearing protection when warranted and safety glasses (bring your own or use BARN's).

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Eli Backer

Eli Backer is an artist, composer, and engineer who works in a wide range of media and is constantly making. A Bainbridge native, she holds a master's degree in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a bachelor's in computer engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her work can be found in the Cynthia Sears Artist’s Books Collection at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, at the Center for Book Arts in NYC, and at the Fleet Library in Providence, R.I. She finds setting type and working with the presses quite meditative.

Andy Dupree

Andy Dupree is a harpsichord maker, professional woodworker, and business consultant based on Bainbridge Island.

Originally working as an organ builder in Ohio, he later trained as a harpsichord maker before opening his own shop. He has built instruments for such institutions as the Eastman School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Andy moved to the Northwest, working for Microsoft before turning to management and leadership consulting. Over the last few years, he has been honing his skills as a machinist and now focuses on tool making and building small steam engines.

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