ADX | Art Design Portland |ADX | Art Design Portland | Building a Community of Thinkers & Makers Thu, 28 May 2015 18:00:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Birthday Party Raffle! Wed, 27 May 2015 19:00:52 +0000 As you all know, we will be hosting our 4th annual birthday party on Saturday, June 6th here at ADX (you’re all invited, btw).  During the party we will be hosting a raffle wherein the grand prize winner will receive a 1-color DIY screen printing press from Ryonet. Second place and third place winners will receive a 1-month Cube Membership and a $25 gift certificate, respectively. Raffle tickets will be $5 for one or $20 for 5.


All proceeds from the raffle will go towards helping longtime ADX member and friend Scott Miyako of Portland Razor Co. with his medical bills. Scott was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer.  You can read about Scott’s condition and treatment straight from the man himself here.

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Upholstery 101: Intro to Upholstery Tools Tue, 26 May 2015 18:00:46 +0000 Do you have an old couch or arm chair with ratty corners? Want to put a new seat in your ’74 Datsun? Need an ottoman to rest your sore feet on after work?  Well, we’ve got one of the best upholsterers in town here in our shop and he wants to teach you the basics fundamentals of upholstery techniques including the operation of our industrial sewing machine. You’ll walk away with the skills you’ll need to take future upholstery classes, as well as a new awareness of how to bring new life to old furniture.

In this class you’ll get to use scissors, staple pullers, a sewing machine, a tack hammer, a pneumatic stapler and more!

Courses are open to all ADX members and non-members.

What are you waiting for? Sign up here!

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Introduction to Metal Tue, 26 May 2015 17:00:42 +0000 Interested in making something out of metal? This class seeks to provide you with the fundamental skills and confidence necessary to safely operate within the ADX metal shop, including how to safely clean, cut, drill, grind, form and weld mild steel. You’ll learn how to properly use, care for and setup tools as well as clean up after use. Most importantly, this class gets you on your way to making all that awesome stuff you’ve been day dreaming about! This introductory class sets the stage for future ADX metal classes, including MIG and TIG welding and various project-based classes.


In this class you’ll get a hands on lesson in using the plasma cutter, horizontal band saw and abrasive cut-off saw, drill press and thread tapping machine, grinders and stationary sanders, MIG and spot welders, bench bender, and our sheet metal shear, brake, and slip roll.


And there’s a bonus!  The non-member price includes 1 month of Unlimited Membership so you can practice what you’ve learned and get started on your next project! The month of membership begins the first day of the class.

Also, one last thing: Before using the shop outside of class time, you must attend one of our $10 new member orientations.

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State of Wonder: Portland Makers and More Mon, 25 May 2015 19:15:59 +0000 This past Saturday our very own Kelley Roy (owner of ADX) and Joshua Lifton of Crowd Supply made an appearance on OPB’s State of Wonder.  Kelley and Joshua talk to April Baer about their recent trip to the White House, NYC and the overall state of affairs in the maker community.  Check out the episode below (Kelley and Joshua start at 16:25).

And don’t forget to visit OPB’s site for more great episodes and interviews here.

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Shop Life: May 22 Fri, 22 May 2015 17:00:36 +0000 ADX_SLWk10-0

Shop Life is an ongoing, bi-weekly ADX Photo Series, featuring people, projects and happenings around the shop.
This is Installment X.

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Portland Razor Co. is Hiring! Thu, 21 May 2015 21:11:53 +0000 Our friends over at Portland Razor Co. are looking to build their team of makers and are currently looking for help at their SE Portland manufacturing facility where they make straight razors, strops, and other men’s grooming accessories.

In your inquiry, please include a general statement of interest, a brief work history (especially any experience you have working with your hands) and your level of familiarity with straight razors i.e. casual observer/veteran shaver. They’ve asked that applicants please do not show up to their shop expecting an interview; emails sent ahead of time to set up a time are appreciated.


Working around tools and machinery in a manufacturing facility implies a certain level of inherent risk. Candidates should be absolutely comfortable operating power tools and working with their hands, and have a solid understanding of shop safety.

Portland Razor Co is absolutely willing to train the right person. That said, the following is a list of helpful skills and experience:

Metal Grinding
Wood Working
Leather Working
Knife Sharpening
To inquire about career opportunities with them, email Hunter at

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Introduction to TIG Welding Thu, 21 May 2015 21:06:27 +0000 Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding will give you the cleanest welds, and is the best process to use on aluminum and stainless steel. TIG gives the welder the greatest amount of control, but takes the most practice to master. This class will give you the fundamental skills and build the confidence needed to take your welding to the next level. You’ll learn how to properly set up the machine, clean and maintain your tools, and the properties of a good weld. Special attention will be given to the safety of the welder and those working around them.


In this class you’ll get to use the TIG Welder, grinding wheel, filler rods, clamps and portable fume extractor to learn and practice with.

And there’s a bonus! The non-member price includes 1 month of Unlimited Membership so you can practice what you learned and get started on your next project! The month of membership begins the first day of the class;

Also, one last thing: Before using the shop outside of class time, you must attend one of our $10 new member orientations.

To sign up for membership and take advantage of the discounts on classes that members receive (at least 30% off!) on this class and others, click here!

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New Class: Intro to Metalsmithing Wed, 13 May 2015 18:00:21 +0000

We’ve all been there: standing in front of a full case of hand-crafted jewelry, hands sweating, eyes racing back and forth between turquoise laden rings and recycled copper necklaces, toe rings glaring up at us and earrings dangling lackadaisically on their holders.  Will we buy the right piece of jewelry that perfectly reflects our emotions?  Is that up-cycled, organically produced mood ring really worth $75?

Our instructor Lindsey Snell's creation. Check out more @

Our instructor Lindsey Snell’s creation. Check out more @

Let’s be honest, most of us don’t enjoy the stress of buying jewelry for our friends, families or lovers.  We do it because we love them, but what better way to show them your love than to make the jewelry yourself?!


Our instructor Lindsey putting the final touches on the new jewelry and metalsmithing station in the Cube.

We know, we know, you’ve never made a piece of jewelry before.  You have no idea how to even find tools small enough to craft such wonderful gifts.  Well, we’ve got you covered: Starting March 23rd, ADX will be launching our first Intro to Jewelry Metalsmithing class!

Whether you are a beginner or looking to freshen up old skills, Intro to Jewelry Metalsmithing will help you get to know the tools and begin to build the skills necessary to make everything from cool jewelry to a set of silverware from nonferrous metal! Learn how to lay out patterns on metal, saw, texture, form, and solder. This class will prepare you to work inside the Cube and get you ready for future ADX Jewelry Metalsmithing classes like the Soldering Intensive, Intro to Cold Connections, and Ring Fabrication.

Don’t forget that members get a discounted rate on classes.

Not a member, yet? What are you waiting for!? Sign up here and get making!



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Portland Outside the Box: New York Mon, 11 May 2015 20:56:08 +0000 3-nyc-downtown-nina-papiorek

This week a group of Portland Made business owners will be showcasing their locally made products during NYCxDesign.  The group will be presenting at WantedDesign Brooklyn during the city-wide event.  Check out a description of what the group will be showcasing and which companies will be highlighted below.


MadeHere PDX is a shop dedicated to showcasing the talents of Portland-based designers, artists, and makers.

Portland Made is a self-sustaining collective of makers, artisans and manufacturers that advocates and supports its members by providing education and marketing, a shared resource hub, and a brand that promotes their products locally and globally.

We are ADX; a hub for collaboration where individuals and organizations make and learn. By sharing tools, knowledge, and experience, we’re doing things better by working together. Our Makerspace, learning center, and custom fabrication shop allows anyone to bring their idea to life.

Design Week Portland celebrates design as our city’s most promising cultural and economic resource. Our purpose is to explore process, craft, and practice across disciplines through the lens of Portland’s most vibrant programming.


See more here.

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ADX Turns 4 Sun, 10 May 2015 16:30:29 +0000 ADX_Birthday_Poster-Web

On June 6 from 2PM – 10PM, ADX will be celebrating four years and zero missing fingers at our annual Birthday Party! This year, our party will feature a community barbecue, live music, a work truck show and custom t-shirt printing with three super-special designs; just bring your own shirt to screen!


Invite your friends and come hang out as we party our way towards year 5.

RSVP on Facebook.

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