Make Your Own Bolt (Intro to the Lathe)

Metal Fabrication

Make Your Own Bolt (Intro to the Lathe)

This is the class you want to take for your first time at a metal-cutting lathe, or if you just want additional experience.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Tue, 5/7/2024 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tue, 5/7/2024

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Class, Has Prerequisite

Metal Fabrication Studio

Machine Shop


Gain experience making a bolt on our Hardinge lathe, beginning with a hexagonal aluminum rod. Learn the basic functions of the lathe, including facing, turning, threading, parting, and chamfering.

You not only get a chance to gain confidence using our shop tools, but make a lovely bolt that spins freely into the nut you’ll create in our Make Your Own Nut (Intro to the Mill) class.


A $5.00 fee for materials is included in the class price.


Machine Shop: Studio Orientation.

Class Policies

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

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

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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