Woodshop Qualification class – Safety and Operation with Dave Sherr

Offered the 1st or 3rd Wednesday of the month.  Pre-registration is required, purchase your ticket below 

Maximum 3 participants per class.

Open to the public – this class teaches you how to use standard woodshop equipment safely. It is not an official or professional certification. (Equipment: Table saw, miter saw, bandsaw, panel saw, jointer, planer, drill press)

This class qualifies you to use the Forge woodshop area if you are wanting to become a Forge member. Or, the class is great for anyone wanting to learn how to appropriately and safely use woodshop equipment in their own shop.

Please plan on spending about 3.5+ hours during the first day of the qualification process.  You will then come back (list specific date/time here, *you must attend the practicum if your intention is to join the Forge, must join within 6 weeks of class) and do the practicum part of the qualification.  This is where you will show that you are proficient in using the equipment without supervision.  There are some machine manuals and videos you can access and review here on our website.  There are also some quizzes you will complete after your qualification hands-on portion.  Do not do the quizzes before the class.

Please dress appropriately for working in the high bay.

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • No loose draping clothing, ties or strings that could get caught in the machinery
  • Tie back long hair
  • Wear Safety Goggles in the High Bay

Please arrive a few minutes early.   

It is your responsibility to show up on time for your class.  You may not be able to participate if you are late.

Any questions? Please email

We do our best to follow all Nevada County covid safety guidelines to ensure a safe and fun experience for everyone.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: By purchasing you agree to our policies found here.wood

50+ MINGLE and MAKE class – Glass Fusing Fun w/Marcy Speck

A 50+ Mingle and Make Event at The Curious Forge!  

Glass Fusing Suncatchers and Coasters with Marcy Speck

Thursday, September 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

$40 (includes $5 material fee)

Join us for our first Mingle and Make Event at The Curious Forge Arts Center.  Mingle and Make events are for adults ages 50+.  Meet new people, and make new friends, in a casual and relaxed setting as you create your own personal masterpiece. Join us every other Thursday night for drinks and creativity! Each program will feature a unique DIY project from fusing glass, forging rings, sculpting clay, and more! Tickets include instruction, a guided activity, and supplies plus a complimentary drink. No prior experience is needed.

Some activities will have limited capacity, don’t wait, get your ticket today!

In this Mingle and Make session, we’ll introduce you to the amazing world of glass fusing.  You will learn the basics of fusing glass. You’ll work to design and assemble a colorful coaster and/or a suncatcher.    Your designs will be fused overnight in the kiln and finished for pickup at The Forge.

The Curious Forge will be conducting Mingle and Make events twice each month so be sure to check out our event calendar often.

Any questions?  Please email

$40 (includes $5 material fee)

We do our best to follow all Nevada County Covid safety guidelines to ensure a safe and fun experience for everyone.

The Forge has a 7-day advance notification Cancellation/Refund Policy: You can read our cancellation policy here.

If this Event is Sold Out – Please complete our WAITLIST FORM to be notified of the next Class.

Nomad Travel Gear Travel light

NOMADIC TRAVEL GEAR SHAKE DOWN – stuff you don’t need for lightweight travel: A presentation by Andrew Tailor Bosher

Nomadic Travel Gear Shake Down – stuff you don’t need for lightweight travel: A presentation by Andrew Tailor Bosher.

Thursday, September 1, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, 

Cost: $20 

All ages welcome

Have you ever regretted traveling with too much stuff? You’ll learn how to minimize your gear & clothing for what you ACTUALLY need. We’ll compare a conventional backpack to an ultra-lightweight kit & develop a critical eye to eliminate pounds of weight using The Gear Spread & The Lightpacker Spread Sheet & Shake Down. This new paradigm talk is for everyone, from the newbie to the world traveler. You’ll have a fresh perspective reducing your base weight and substantially improving your travel experience in—well-being, versatility, adaptability, spontaneity, freedom, cost, enjoyment, & trip preparation.

Finally—choose your own adventure—decide on the next ultra-lightweight maker workshops we want to explore like—Gear Modifications, Bio-Hack Travel, Travel & Trail Food, ULW Clothing & Footwear, MYOG: Make Your Own Gear, Women’s Travel, Backpacker Film Critiques…

Andrew’s been making ultra-light-weight travel gear for 24 years— most recently in Colorado. At 19, he began making his own gear & traveled the world testing it in cities & the wild. Along the way he studied under fashion masters, reaching the top in men’s suit tailoring working in London’s world-famous Savile Row & Florence, Italy’s Via Tornabuoni, as well as in Italian women’s fashion.

Join us for this informative and fun presentation at The Curious Forge.  Snacks and beverages will be served!

Preregistration required.