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.

  • No writing in any way shape or form A2, Artisans, Artisan's Asylum, etc, on these badges.
  • You must badge in and out whenever you enter and leave the building.
  • If you lose your badge, report it to the front desk immediately so we can remove it from the system.
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.