New Member Handbook

A guidebook to help you get your bearings as a new member at Artisan's Asylum

Your First Day

As a new member, you're going to have to go through a few steps to get yourself used to Artisan's Asylum, and get yourself full able to access the building and the resources now available to you.

Getting your ID Badge

Step one is coming in and grabbing a membership ID card. These are blank white RFID cards that you use to access the building and badge in at the front desk.

These ID badges have a couple rules attached to them.

Tool Testing

While some tools at Artisan's are available from the moment you activate your memebership, some of the more complex and more dangerous tools will require you to take either an orientation class or display proficiency in a test in order to be cleared to use.  This is for your safety as well as the safety of other members, and while you may have used similar tools in the past, we prefer walking you through the tools we have here so we know you won't hurt yourself, and more importantly, other memebrs.

Each tool is different, and while a lot of the tools have their needs listed here on the wiki, if you're confused, email teach@ to be connected to Anne who is the coordinator of all tool testing.

New Member Orientation

Please note: due to Covid-19 new member orientations are presently taking place online every other week. We will keep this page updated as the pandemic situation evolves. Thank you for your understanding. Keep safe and stay healthy.

Orientations are held every other week from 6-8pm, and walk you through the most important aspects of Artisan's Asylum, check our Agenda to see the exact times.  To sign up for an orientation session, check the calander below for the current schedule, and then email with the orientation date you'd like to attend to confirm your spot. See below for Zoom info.

Other Options

We understand your schedule may not fit ours.  If you’d like to chat about your membership in a confidential setting or just want to get to know the Executive Director, book an appointment here.

If neither of these options works for you, please send an email to to and outline your request.

Your First Month

Artisan's Asylum can be an intimidating place, with the size and scope being more than enough to spook even seasoned members.  And while we don't intend for it to feel like a haunted house, we understand it can come off that way.

That being said, there are definitely some suggestions we have for getting yourself settled in during your first month here.

Get to know your neighbors

Artisan's Asylum is full of dozens of people who make, just like you, and all of them are a friendly bunch who 

Get involved on the Forums

While it may feel like the Artisan's community is just bound to the building, we have a significant online community as well, which folds in non-members and members alike. located at, our Forums are a great place to show off your work, hang out with other members, discuss the goings on in the world, and even find work through how its made.

Your First Six Months

So you've gotten to know a few people, started making some friends, and feel pretty comfortable in the community.  However, you'd like to become more involved, and are curious of methods of how to do so.

Artisan's has a lot of opportunities to help out, so why not take a look at some of the following options.

Teach a Class

Classes is one of the core threads of the Artisan's Asylum Community, and in your first month here you may have taken a class or two, either to get tested out on tools or to learn how to make a number of things.  What about paying it forward and teaching a class of your own.  We're always looking for more teachers to share their skills and introduce others to their craft, so if that sounds like it'd be something you're interested in, why not give it a go?

Volunteer at the Front Desk

Volunteering at the Front Desk is not only a great way to get to know the members of Artisans, but its also a great way to give back to the community and help it grow.  Volunteering doesn't just involve sitting and accepting the mail, but also giving tours, answering member questions, and helping bring in new members through classes and other Artisan's Events.