Your Guide To All Things Machine


Learn To Work With Machines and Electronics

Precision is key for these areas of study, where machinists create functional work that inspires, transports, or solves technical problems for fabricators and students alike.

In these guides, we collect the expertise of our 150+ faculty and master craftspeople to share with anyone interested in learning how to make their own objects by hand. As part of our Machine guides, faculty from our Bike Shop, Machine Shop, and Kinetics & Electronics Departments share insider tricks and step-by-step project tutorials. You will learn everything from how to tune-up your bicycle to how to light up LED signs.

Explore Other Mediums

The Crucible is the largest industrial arts nonprofit in the country, where we offer classes and studio time in 19+ areas. In these guides, we break down our studio areas and focus on sharing the knowledge of our instructors with you. You can explore our guides, defined by our four main areas: Earth, Glass, Metal, and Machine.

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The Crucible’s Guides are a work in progress. We are constantly working to provide the most up-to-date, informative guides to the industrial arts. Let us know what guides you would like to see by filling out the form below.

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Bell Casting


Bell Casting introduces participants to bell design and the lost wax foundry technique. Each student will design, cast, and finish a bell approximately six inches in diameter. This...

Wooden Box


3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. After a basic introduction to woodworking handtools, create a small,...

Neon Lab


Lab sessions are a great benefit, exclusively for Crucible members! Practice the skills you learn in class and explore new possibilities with your craft. No instruction is provided...