WELDING CRASH COURSE @Philadelphia Sculpture Gym

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Pick up some new welding skills and brainstorm ways to apply this knowledge to creating human-powered transit at this awesome beginners’ workshop! (Intermediates/Experts are also welcome! – there will be time for you to get specific help/feedback on questions or challenges you may be running into.)

The workshop will include demos of welding, drill & tap, riveting, and zip tie technique on donated bike parts. Quick 30 minute demonstrations on each of those topics. I will have pre-assembled items and then I’ll be doing a live assembly for each.

All the skills learned at this workshop (besides welding, unless someone has access) will be doable from home.


– Find out how easy it is for YOU to get a team together and build a glorious vehicle to ride in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby.

– Learn the ins-and-outs of welding, and brainstorm ways to “Frankenstein” bits of metal, salvaged bikes and extra parts to create something overwhelmingly awesome.

– Get a tour of the Sculpture Gym!


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A well known favorite among First Friday goers in Fishtown and throughout Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym is not only a gallery, but a community based workshop space that operates like a gym membership. A monthly membership grants members access to a wood shop, metal shop, jewelry shop, forging area, ceramics area and a mold making and casting area. They also offer classes in various processes from welding and woodworking and everything in between!  A longtime derby supporter and workshop host, these guys have all the knowledge necessary to get you well on your way to being a derby pilot.  They have storage and studio spaces available, as well as “personal training” (one-on-one training sessions) so you can even build your derby in their building!

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Sam Miller, who was born in central New Jersey, grew up in his father’s black smith shop and his mother’s jewelry studio. Inspired by his parents, and with a curiosity or natural materials, Sam’s childhood was spent collecting scraps of wood and metal in order to create his own imaginative designs. Continuing to follow his passion, Sam won first prize in the 2012 Goldfarb Juried Show and has worked as an onsite ornamental blacksmith at Barley Sheaf’s bed and breakfast, creating floral railings and steel fabrications. In 2013 Sam graduated University of Hartford with a BFA in Sculpture, and currently resides in Philadelphia. Along with continuing to develop his own designs, Sam is presently working in architectural salvage and teaches shop safety at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym.


After the workshop has ended, take a stroll with us up the block to Norris to one of the hidden gems of Fishtown.  The Nut Hut Saloon is your perfect Saturday afternoon dive bar.  Enjoy some Philadelphia Brewing Company specials and snacks with the locals.  They aren’t strangers, they are just friends you haven’t met yet!