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PLACES YOU COULD HANG: Artisan’s Asylum, Somerville


Nestled in Somerville’s Cobble Hill neighborhood lies a bastion of community fabrication. Artisan’s Asylum is a non­profit maker space with a mission to “support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design and fabrication.”

To that end, AA offers a robust catalogue of workshops ranging from bike building to robotics, fermenting, metal working, fiber arts, screen printing, you name it.

I went in for a free circuit hacking night (every Wednesday at 7pm), worked on some arduino projects, then wound up getting a lesson from the 3 competitive lock pickers who happened to be hanging out there. It was way easier then I thought it would be. It’s actually amazing everyone doesn’t just go around picking each others locks all the time.

Anywho, a place so massive and replete with creators can be kind of intimidating and hard to know where to begin.

But worry not, you can get yourself oriented and inspired by setting up a free tour of the place, or by dropping in for one of their free workshops. Don your safety goggles and get fabricating.

By James Staub
Photo by Ellen Forsyth

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